By now we've become accustomed to the WBA making some puzzling decisions though arguable most puzzling was announced earlier this morning by Chinese promoter Zovi Boxing who announced that their upcoming February 12th show in Lu Zhou was to feature a WBA Super Bantamweight world title bout.
We'd known about the show for a few days, though today's announcement genuinely was puzzling.
The specific announcement was that China's Qiu Xiao Jun (19-2, 9) [裘晓君] was to fight for the WBA Super Bantamweight title, the regular version, on the show against Ghana's little known Raymond Commey (13-2, 7), with the WBA title being on the line alongside the WBC "Silver" title.
As a result of the announcement it is now clear that Jun has the opportunity to become the second Chinbese "world champion", following former WBC Minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong.
The decision to free up the WBA "regular" title was made when the WBA upgraded Scott Quigg's title to "Super" champion status ahead of his unification bout with Carl Frampton, which will take place on February 27 just over 2 weeks after the Jun/Commey bout.
In the latest rankings Jun was ranked #9 by the WBA whilst Commey was #11. Jun's ranking did get a boost late last year, when he claimed the WBA International super bantamweight title, with an 11th round TKO of Frenchman Amor Belahdj Ali in Monaco. That was Jun's 11th straight win and his 5th stoppage in 6 bouts. Commey on the other hand has been the WBA Pan African Super Bantamweight champion for more than a year, and has also notched 11 straight wins coming in to this one. Despite their recent success the decision by the WBA seems to be a deeply political one given that the organisation already have an "interim" champion, who should really have been upgraded instead of having their title on the line here.
The WBA's affiliation with the show runs to several other bouts, including a WBA "interim" female Minimumweight title bout between Zong Ju Cai (6-1, 1) [蔡宗菊] and Venezuelan visitor Debora Rengifo (6-1-1, 3) which comes about despite the fact that the champion defended her title twice last year and that Rengifo has gone 1-1-1 in her last 3 bouts. There will also be a WBA "International" Super Featherweight bout between Xu Chan (7-2) [徐灿] and Isaias Santos Sampaio (26-11, 24).
As well as the WBA title fights there will also be a number of WBC title bouts, including a WBC Youth Youth title fight at 140lbs, between Bai Shan Bo (6-0-1, 3) [拜山坡] and Tackie Annan (6-2, 6) and a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council and WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Featherweight titles, between Wei Qian Xian (9-4-1, 1) and Japanese veteran Takafumi Nakajima (24-7-1, 10)
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