WBA President, Gilberto Mendoza Jr, could order current WBA Welterweight Super Champion, Keith Thurman, to face his mandatory challenger, Lamont Peterson.
Thurman, the present WBA Super Champion in the welterweight division, recently won the WBC welterweight title when the defeated Danny Garcia via split decision at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 4th.
As there is still potential for a rematch with Garcia, Mendoza has decided to hold fire on mandating the fight between Thurman and Peterson.
“Keith Thurman and Lamont Peterson, which is a mandatory fight, but we know there’s a possibility of a rematch with Danny Garcia, so we will give them a deadline to make a decision,” Mendoza told ESPN Deportes.
However, Mendoza will not want to let the Garcia situation drag out as the WBA are keen to remove the “Regular” title from their organisation, keeping a single champion in each weight class.
The easiest way to achieve such a goal? Let the regular champion and the super champion slug it out.
Peterson is the WBA Regular Champion, having claimed the title when he won a unanimous decision over David Avanesyan at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 18th.
Both Peterson and Mendoza will be aware that the winner of Andre Berto vs. Shawn Porter, which takes place in April, becomes the mandatory challenger for the WBC crown (held by Thurman) and as a result will be keen to secure the Thurman fight sooner rather than later.