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The World Boxing Association (WBA) is the oldest among the four sanctioning organizations that recognize professional boxing world champions and sanction world championship boxing bouts. The WBA, along with the WBO (World Boxing Organization), WBC (World Boxing Council) and IBF (International Boxing Federation) are recognized by the IBHOF (International Boxing Hall Of Fame) as major world championship groups.


Formerly known as the NBA (National Boxing Association), the WBA was founded by 13 state representatives in the United States in 1921.


The representatives had collaborated to form the NBA in order to neutralize the influence that the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) exerted in the boxing community. There was often confusion about who the real champion in a particular division was because the NBA and NYSAC would crown different champions in the same division.


It wasn't until 1962 that the NBA would name itself as the WBA, in recognition of the growing popularity of boxing worldwide. This move also helped gain other nations as members.


By 1975, the headquarters of the WBA was moved to Panama because the majority of the votes were held by Latin American nations. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the headquarters was located in Venezuela before returning to Panama in 2007; and has been located there ever since.


The motto of the WBA is "Simply the pioneers". The current serving president of the body is Gilberto Mendoza Jr.


The first bout to be recognized by the WBA was the Jack Dempsey-Georges Carpentier Heavyweight Championship bout in New Jersey.


From 1982 until his death, Gilberto Mendoza of Venezuela was the president of the WBA, following which Gilberto Mendoza Jr. took over the post.


The title holders from the WBC, WBO and IBF are recognized by the WBA. A "Super Champion" or "Undisputed Champion" or "Unified Champion" in the WBA refers to a champion who holds two or more of these titles in the same weight class. This holds good even if the WBA title is not one of the titles held by the "Super Champion".


If a boxer holds the WBA's title along with multiple titles, the boxer is promoted to "Super Champion", and the WBA title - which is then is referred to as the "Regular" title - becomes vacant; boxers who are listed in the WBA ranking then contest for it. Because of this rule, the official list of WBA's champions often shows a "WBA Super World Champion" and a "WBA World Champion" for the same weight class.


There have been instances when the WBA has recognized three different boxers as one form of champion or another in the same weight class. There have been occurrences where different versions of the same title of the same weight class have been defended on the same night, in two different parts of the world, by two different WBA "World" champions.


When the title-holder has defended his title successfully five times, the WBA promotes him to a "Super" champion.

"Sort your stuff out Jack and let's get it on" - Josh Taylor wants rematch with Jack Catterall for his last fight in the super-lightweight division
"Sort your stuff out Jack and let's get it on" - Josh Taylor wants rematch with Jack Catterall for his last fight in the super-lightweight division

"Sort your stuff out Jack and let's get it on" - Josh Taylor wants rematch with Jack Catterall for his last fight in the super-lightweight division

"Dillian Whyte's a great fight for Daniel" - Boxing trainer Shane McGuigan explores potential opponents for Daniel Dubois
"Dillian Whyte's a great fight for Daniel" - Boxing trainer Shane McGuigan explores potential opponents for Daniel Dubois

"Dillian Whyte's a great fight for Daniel" - Boxing trainer Shane McGuigan explores potential opponents for Daniel Dubois

"We want the Keith Thurman fight" - Eddie Hearn comments on the plan for Conor Benn
"We want the Keith Thurman fight" - Eddie Hearn comments on the plan for Conor Benn

"We want the Keith Thurman fight" - Eddie Hearn comments on the plan for Conor Benn

"I am not sure he wants to be in a sport where he knows he is not the best" - David Haye suggests Anthony Joshua may consider retirement if he loses to Oleksandr Usyk
"I am not sure he wants to be in a sport where he knows he is not the best" - David Haye suggests Anthony Joshua may consider retirement if he loses to Oleksandr Usyk

"I am not sure he wants to be in a sport where he knows he is not the best" - David Haye suggests Anthony Joshua may consider retirement if he loses to Oleksandr Usyk

"He needs a Mexican on his side" - Andy Ruiz on Anthony Joshua hiring Robert Garcia for Oleksandr Usyk rematch
"He needs a Mexican on his side" - Andy Ruiz on Anthony Joshua hiring Robert Garcia for Oleksandr Usyk rematch

"He needs a Mexican on his side" - Andy Ruiz on Anthony Joshua hiring Robert Garcia for Oleksandr Usyk rematch

"He has got a massive chance"- Liam Smith breaks down how Anthony Joshua can beat Oleksandr Usyk 
"He has got a massive chance"- Liam Smith breaks down how Anthony Joshua can beat Oleksandr Usyk 

"He has got a massive chance"- Liam Smith breaks down how Anthony Joshua can beat Oleksandr Usyk 

"I hope it's sooner rather than later" - Liam Smith gives an update on the idea of facing Chris Eubank Jr.
"I hope it's sooner rather than later" - Liam Smith gives an update on the idea of facing Chris Eubank Jr.

"I hope it's sooner rather than later" - Liam Smith gives an update on the idea of facing Chris Eubank Jr.

"Going to have to fight for that recognition and respect" - Johnny Nelson is unconvinced Oleksandr Usyk is a great southpaw
"Going to have to fight for that recognition and respect" - Johnny Nelson is unconvinced Oleksandr Usyk is a great southpaw

"Going to have to fight for that recognition and respect" - Johnny Nelson is unconvinced Oleksandr Usyk is a great southpaw

"At the end of the day he's undefeated" - Eddy Reynoso on Ryan Garcia's discipline
"At the end of the day he's undefeated" - Eddy Reynoso on Ryan Garcia's discipline

"At the end of the day he's undefeated" - Eddy Reynoso on Ryan Garcia's discipline

"I've always said I'd take it, it's easy to make now" - Liam Smith is confident that he'd beat Chris Eubank Jr.
"I've always said I'd take it, it's easy to make now" - Liam Smith is confident that he'd beat Chris Eubank Jr.

"I've always said I'd take it, it's easy to make now" - Liam Smith is confident that he'd beat Chris Eubank Jr.

"Why wouldn't we try to do that fight?" - Frank Warren on potential fight between Joe Joyce and Deontay Wilder
"Why wouldn't we try to do that fight?" - Frank Warren on potential fight between Joe Joyce and Deontay Wilder

"Why wouldn't we try to do that fight?" - Frank Warren on potential fight between Joe Joyce and Deontay Wilder

"Jarrell’s ready to follow in Tyson’s footsteps and KO Whyte" - Dmitry Salita eager to see Jarrell Miller vs. Dillian Whyte
"Jarrell’s ready to follow in Tyson’s footsteps and KO Whyte" - Dmitry Salita eager to see Jarrell Miller vs. Dillian Whyte

"Jarrell’s ready to follow in Tyson’s footsteps and KO Whyte" - Dmitry Salita eager to see Jarrell Miller vs. Dillian Whyte

Floyd Mayweather explains how leaving Top Rank helped his career - "I made more money in the first fight"
Floyd Mayweather explains how leaving Top Rank helped his career - "I made more money in the first fight"

Floyd Mayweather explains how leaving Top Rank helped his career - "I made more money in the first fight"

Floyd Mayweather criticizes Bob Arum's Top Rank for making Shakur Stevenson the B-side against Oscar Valdez
Floyd Mayweather criticizes Bob Arum's Top Rank for making Shakur Stevenson the B-side against Oscar Valdez

Floyd Mayweather criticizes Bob Arum's Top Rank for making Shakur Stevenson the B-side against Oscar Valdez

"I think he will stop him" - Frank Warren backs Oleksandr Usyk against Anthony Joshua in rematch
"I think he will stop him" - Frank Warren backs Oleksandr Usyk against Anthony Joshua in rematch

"I think he will stop him" - Frank Warren backs Oleksandr Usyk against Anthony Joshua in rematch

"Go and have a beer, relax, go and help some people who need it" - Anthony Joshua responds to Tyson Fury's offer to train him
"Go and have a beer, relax, go and help some people who need it" - Anthony Joshua responds to Tyson Fury's offer to train him

"Go and have a beer, relax, go and help some people who need it" - Anthony Joshua responds to Tyson Fury's offer to train him

A look back at Derek Chisora vs. Kubrat Pulev ahead of their rematch 
A look back at Derek Chisora vs. Kubrat Pulev ahead of their rematch 

A look back at Derek Chisora vs. Kubrat Pulev ahead of their rematch 

Joe Joyce announces next fight date after stopping Christian Hammer, shows interest in Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk 2
Joe Joyce announces next fight date after stopping Christian Hammer, shows interest in Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk 2

Joe Joyce announces next fight date after stopping Christian Hammer, shows interest in Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk 2

Israil Madrimov reveals how Dmitry Bivol has helped him for his next bout
Israil Madrimov reveals how Dmitry Bivol has helped him for his next bout

Israil Madrimov reveals how Dmitry Bivol has helped him for his next bout

"I'm coming for you, Thor!" - Tyson Fury calls out Hafthor Bjornsson ahead of potential exhibition fight
"I'm coming for you, Thor!" - Tyson Fury calls out Hafthor Bjornsson ahead of potential exhibition fight

"I'm coming for you, Thor!" - Tyson Fury calls out Hafthor Bjornsson ahead of potential exhibition fight

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