Unbeaten titlist Brandon Figueroa is hoping to unify two World titles in his fight against Stephen Fulton in September but will be stripped of one WBA “World” Junior featherweight title as he prepares to pick up the WBC and WBO on the 18th of September at the Park MGM in Las Vegas.
The World Boxing Association (WBA) has Ben making efforts to reduce secondary title holders under their watch and had informed Figueroa (22-0-1, 17KOs) about their intentions, while in preparation for his fight against unbeaten Philadelphian Stephen Fulton (19-0, 8KOs) next month.
Figueroa can only put his WBC 122 pound title on the link against Fulton as other sanctioning bodies do not recognise secondary titles. Murodjon Akhmadaliev (9-0, 7KOs) from Uzbekistan is the current WBA “Super” 122 pound champion and the only recognised champion in the eyes of other sanctioning bodies.
Figueroa blasted out formerly unbeaten Luis Nery in the seventh round to win the WBC title back in May 15th and will be the only title he can put in the line against Fulton after the WBA made clear, he doesn’t have the luxury of retaining the secondary title.
The information released by the WBA on Tuesday was as follows.
“The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee sent a communication to the team of the super bantamweight champion, Brandon Figueroa, to inform them that his title WBA Super Bantamweight will be vacated once he steps into the ring on September 18 in a unification fight against Stephan Fulton, as reported by the press,”
The reason for the stripping of the secondary title, isn’t only due to the WBA’s intentions of clamping down on the numerous secondary titles under their watch but also due to a violation of rule C. 10 (10) whivh governs sanctioned and non sanctioned bouts as it relates to WBA champions.
“An Association Champion or officially recognized contender who participates in a fight without approval or sanction from the Championships Committee, may have his title or recognized status removed.”
Figueroa will definitely move on with the bout against Fulton which indirectly means that his days as a WBA title claimant will be coming to an end ones the opening bell of the Fulton clash is heard.
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