Boxing News rounded up Leo Santa Cruz, Josh Taylor and Gennadiy Golovkin courtesy of the World Boxing Association Bulletin Board.
In another step of the World Boxing Association (WBA) world title reduction plan, the WBA Championships Committee has ordered the fight between super featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and champion Leigh Wood.
The goal is to have just one champion at 126 pounds, and the winner of this fight will retain that distinction. Santa Cruz is the super champion in the category and reappeared in February by beating Keenan Carbajal in Las Vegas.
The Mexican must now face Wood, who has just defended his championship against Michael Conlan on March 12 in Nottingham.
Both teams will have 30 days to negotiate the fight from the time the communication was sent to them on Wednesday, April 6.
If they can’t reach an agreement or if either party refuses to close the negotiation, the WBA Championships Committee can open the fight up for auction according to its rules.
The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee has reminded the teams of welterweight champion Josh Taylor and his mandatory challenger, Alberto Puello, that on Thursday, April 7, the negotiation period for their fight expires.
On March 8, the WBA ordered the fight between the Scotsman and the Dominican. They gave 30 days to come to an agreement, as per rule C.13, Fighting Limitations.
Once the time is up, the committee can order an auction for the fight.
On Wednesday, the pioneering body sent a statement to both parties. They ask for an answer about the negotiations. He explains the possibility of launching a call for tenders after the deadline.
Taylor must face Puello in his next defense as the Dominican is the highest ranked fighter in the WBA and was the interim champion at the time the world title cut plan began.
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The fight between Gennady Golovkin and Ryota Murata has mixed opinions among boxing pundits. This Saturday, the Kazakh will have a big test in the unification bout against the World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion at the Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The trend is split between those who say the power of IBF champion “GGG” will be too much for Murata. Also, those who say his 40th birthday will weigh in against the local fighter.
Golovkin is entering a three-fight winning streak after suffering the only loss of his career to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September 2018. Since then, he has beaten Steve Rolls, Sergiy Derevyachenko and Kamil Zseremeta.
He didn’t do his best, especially against Derevyachenko. He had to fight to win the fight, from this series of fights comes the doubts of some skeptics who think that the veteran could be surprised by Murata.
However, the Kazakhstan native’s immense punching power remains. Its accuracy remains. He has proven himself to be a disciplined and hard-working athlete, as evidenced by the extraordinary physical shape he has been in since arriving in Japan this week.
Golovkin wants to remind the world of what he is capable of and that his devastating pace is still there. Fighting as a visitor is a minor consideration for a fighter who has won in many countries around the world and doesn’t back down on any stage. All that remains is to remind skeptics that his name and class carry weight.
Ups and downs have characterized Ryota Murata’s career. However, the super middleweight champion has always shown his quality in the ring, and this Saturday he will face one of the biggest challenges of his career.
The Japanese will have a great opportunity when he steps into the ring at the Saitama Super Arena to take on Gennady Golovkin.
The first point in his favor is that he will be in front of his audience. Another important aspect is the quality of the opponent he will face so that a victory means a lot for his career.
Murata has always shown excellent ring control, good use of distance and a formidable punch. Tools that he has taken advantage of in most of his fights.
However, he had some bad times like when he lost to Rob Murata in the United States and he couldn’t show his best in that fight. But in the 2019 rematch, he finished the American in just three rounds which was a show of his resilience.
The Japanese was waiting for this big unification fight and wants to show his best version, which will allow him to take one last leap. But first, he will have to beat a living legend of the sport.
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