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WBA Convention: Day Three

Lebedev elevated to full cruiser champion; Jones now champ in recess

By Boxing Bob Newman

Important news involving Wladimir Klitschko, Guillermo Jones, Denis Lebedev, Andre Ward, Daniel Geale, Paulie Malignaggi among others was announced during Day 3 of the 91st annual WBA convention in Jakarta, Indonesia, as WBA Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza laid out the current status of the various weight divisions. Among the highlights:

WBA Heavyweight Super champion Wladimir Klitschko has until February 27, 2013 to defend against WBA regular champion Alexander Povetkin. It is expected that an extension until July will be requested by the Klitschko camp.

WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones will have six months to decide his own future while being relegated to “champion in recess” status due to an unconfirmed injury. From this time forward WBA interim champion Denis Lebedev will be elevated to regular champion status effective immediately.

WBA super middleweight super champion Andre Ward has six months to fight the winner of the regular Supermiddleweight title fight between champion Brian Magee and former champ Mikkel Kessler.

WBA middleweight super champion Daniel Geale will be stripped if he goes ahead with his planned Australian mega-fight against his sole conqueror Anthony Mundine. If that happens, current regular champion Gennady Golovkin will be ONLY WBA middleweight champion.

WBA Welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi has until January 27, 2013 to face interim champion Diego Chavez.

Interim lightweight champion Richard Abril will fight Sharif Bogere and the winner will be elevated to regular champion status, which is currently vacant.

Featherweight super champion Chris John defends against Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo on November 9 in Singapore, and his future plans are unclear after that. The vacant regular title will be decided between Jamaican Nicholas Walters and Colombian Daulis Prescott in Kingston, Jamaica on December 13, 2012. Regular champion Guillermo Rigondeaux will await the winner of the vacant interim title match between Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe, which is a rematch.

Bantamweight super champion Anselmo Moreno has been granted an exemption to move up in weight to challenge WBC Super Bantamweight champion Abner Mares. After that fight, depending on if Moreno wins, he’ll have to decide which title he’ll keep. If he remains at Bantamweight, he’ll be required to fight the winner of the regular bantamweight title fight between regular champ Koki Kameda and Hugo Ruiz.

Regular flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez has a special exemption to unify against WBO counterpart Brian Viloria on November 17, 2012. Interim champion Juan Carlos Reveco will defend against Julian Rivera on November 10, 2012.

Regular Light Flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez will defend on the Viloria-Marquez undercard, and will most likely move up in weight thereafter, to challenge the unified main event winner. Interim champion Alberto Rossel is currently injured.

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The day got underway with the medical seminar led by Dr. Calvin Inalsingh, head of the WBA medical board. Six different lectures were given.

Dr. Inalsingh discussed a range of topics including the necessity and hoped for implementation of an exam for potential ringside physicians. Inalsingh also attended in the last year, several national medical meetings in the U.S. Among them were the Association of Ringside Physicians, the American College of Sports Medicine, which was attended by CNN’s medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Dr. Joseph Estwanik, orthopaedic surgeon, gave a thorough lecture on boxing related injuries, ringside physician readiness and new products in sport and boxing safety. Double hinged mouth guards are the best equipment innovation to prevent serious injuries by protecting the jaw.

Signs of potential damage to a fighter for the ringside physician to look for: arms lowered, bruising, gate, wide stance, standing eight counts by referee and coach’s body language in the corner.

Estwanik also showed a new medical device known as the Infrascanner model 2000- a handheld brain hematoma screening system. Much like a handheld scanner used by TSA at airports, the device can detect active bleeding on the brain via a close sweep over the surface of the skull. This device is currently used by the U.S. military over seas in combat injury situations.

Dr. Winston Grenald presented a talk on the Clinical Syndrome of Brain Lesions in boxing. Several signs of bleeding on the brain were listed including pupil reaction, pulse, breathing irregularities, and overall responsiveness of the boxer. Again, the readiness of the ringside physician and response team, ie. Ambulance, was emphasized.

Shivana Inalsingh gave in illuminating presentation entitled: Nutrition and Brain Health. Of course, initial immediate medical response is crucial to brain health. However, Inalsingh stressed hydration as a primary initiative that can and should be taken in preventative brain health via nutrition.

Selection of the right building blocks, including Omega 3 fatty acids via nutrition was stressed. Sources of Omega 3 include Salmon, herring, sardines and flaxseed oil.

Anti-oxidation of brain tissue was also emphasized via fruits, vegetables and green tea. However, it was stressed that Omega 3 and Anti-oxidants should be taken in at different times as Omega 3 will not be absorbed if Anti-oxidants are taken at the same time. Magnesium was described as having neuro-protective properties.

Dr. Benjamin Molina presented his talk on Athlete heart health: pathology and prevention of poor heart health. Reduction of fat, sugar in diet, will affect good and bad Cholesterol levels, thus affecting heart health.

Dr. Michael Lee delivered his talk on the female athlete triad. This triad consists of low bone density, amenorrhea (no menstruation) and eating disorders. It is often true that if a female athlete suffers from one element of the triad, they will likely suffer from the other two. These afflictions can severely affect energy level and especially heart health. Proper nutrition and a multidisciplinary approach are recommended approaches in treating the female athlete triad.

After lunch, George Martinez gave the WBA female championship report consisting of each champion’s last and upcoming defense, promoters involved in female WBA title fights. Osvaldo Rivero from Argentina was the most active female title promoter with 6 for 2012. Likewise, South America was the most active country with 10 female title fights hosted. Goals for 2013 are to increase activity in other Asian countries besides Korea and Japan who lead that continent, as well as in Europe and South Africa, where Martinez credited the work of Stanley Christodoulou as paying recent dividends. Female Boxer of the Year: Cecelia Braekhus, Fight of the year: Cecilia Braekhus vs. Ann Sophie Mathis.

Gilberto Jesus Mendoza presented slides regarding the WBA championship statistics in terms of activity and champions by country. Mendoza then ran down the list of all WBA champions- super, regular and interim alike and each of their mandatory due dates. With that concluded, the day’s business adjourned until the Halloween party at 7:30 p.m. Jakarta time at Club Aerman. Photos to follow.

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