Per new WBA order Canelo will remain ‘super’ at middle and ‘regular’ at super-middle
The World Boxing association released a statement this week confirming Canelo Alvarez will remain a two-weight world champion.
In the past, the WBA encouraged boxers to give up a belt should they be able to secure a title in separate divisions – however, the WBA will allow Canelo Alvarez to remain a middleweight ‘super’ champion and a super-middleweight ‘regular’ champion.
Canelo won the WBA and WBC middleweight titles in September 2018 when he defeated Gennady Golovkin by majority decision and will go on to defend his titles on 4th May in a unification against Daniel Jacobs in Las Vegas.
Furthermore, Canelo won the 168-pound WBA ‘regular’ title in December when he defended Rocky Fielding Jr. by technical knockout in the third round. Canelo hold the WBA ‘super’ title at 168-pounds, which he won by knocking out Geroge Groves and is widely recognised as the true WBA belt holder of the weight class.
Canelo remains understudy to Callum Smith at 168 pounds.
The statement read:
“The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ratified Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as the WBA’s Middleweight and Super Middleweight Champion. As it can be appreciated in the organization’s ranking, which can be consulted on the organization’s website,” said the WBA.
“Canelo won the WBA Super Championship of the 160 pounds class last September 2018. He defeated Gennady Golovkin by majority decision. He will defend the Title on May against Daniel Jacobs. The champion of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) division.
“He won the 168-pound WBA Title last December. He defeated Rocky Fielding Jr. by technical knockout in the third round.
“At this opportunity, the Mexican boxer will be able to hold both WBA Titles in accordance with the organization’s rules. As it was the case with Floyd Mayweather Jr. some years ago.”