Yesterday we reported that JBC, among others, had met with WBA head honch Gilberto Mendoza to talk about the JBC recognising the WBA Asia. The event also saw Mendoza actually announce the WBA which will be the WBA's arm in the Asia region, following their split from their former regional affiliate the PABA, with whom there was a major falling out recently.
The announcement yesterday confirmed that the chairman would be Alan Kim and that the key for Mr Kim would be to develop the sport in the Asian region, though as with most things the WBA do there is a sense of cynicism about the announcement.
Whilst it's clear that the WBA do need a regional presence one does wonder whether this move here is more about earning some more money for the WBA, with regional title fees, and a likely proliferation of WBA Asia titles, and various other belts, rather than focusing on the actual sport. If the WBA can keep their word and focus on developing the regional scene then it'll be great news, but there is a serious worry that, it'll end up being little more than a cash grab.
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