By Karl Freitag
New information on the status of the various versions of the WBA middleweight world title.
The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has announced that Gennady Golovkin will keep his status as “regular” champion. The request made by the Golovkin camp for “super” champion status was denied for the moment due to the fact he was already granted special permission for a fight prior to his mandatory commitment. However, even though he was denied the super designation he requested for the moment, that doesn’t mean he couldn’t get it later.
In the same division, it was announced today that on December 21 (the same day as the fight apparently), a resolution was issued that decreed the clash between Juan Camilo Novoa and Dmitry Chudinov to be an elimination fight for the interim title, and not a fight for the interim title as publicized prior to the fight by the promoter. That bout was widely reported as a WBA interim middleweight title fight and Chudinov was announced as champion and received a WBA championship belt in the ring after the fight. Chudinov for now will remain a contender, but will be recognized as mandatory challenger from May 2014. This move scuttles plans for Chudinov’s initial title defense against Ricardo Mayorga. Meanwhile, Martin Murray remains the WBA interim champion and will defend that belt as the co-feature on the same February 1 card in which Golovkin defends the “regular” version of the WBA’s middleweight belt.