By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza explains the WBA’s position on the controversial topic of multiple world champions in the same weight divisions:
In any decision we have sought the democratic participation of each representative that integrates the general assembly of the WBA. As leaders we seek to adhere to values and principles left by those wise former presidents who formed this organization. The managerial directive always seeks to preserve the heritage of the organization.
The super champions and interims have always been conflicting and controversial issues. For all members of our organization, perhaps contrary to this thinking, these titles are a dynamic movement and response to the inflexibility of the commercial aspect of the sport. The criticism focuses on them as a way to get a double sanctioning fee. The reality is interim titleholders become new boxing stars and grow individually in countries other than those that dominate boxing.
To mention an example, for Costa Rican Bryan Vasquez or Peruvian Luis Alberto Rossel, the recognition given by the WBA enables them to improve their quality of life and to be considered for large markets. If it were it not for their mandatory status, they would simply remain unknown. The super champion is another case which is more favorable to the powerful television networks, the pillars of activity, who hold exclusive contracts with boxing’s elite figures.
The flaws I see are in the inter-organization relations. I refer to the relationship of the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF. We all need to forget the pettiness and focus on common goals.