Adrian Broner, captured the vacant WBA World super lightweight title with a TKO win over Khabib Allakhverdiev on October 3, 2015.
So, it came as a surprise, when just one month after winning the title Broner as appointed as the Super Champion in the division. Achieving such a status usually takes a champion five defenses of their title and Broner has barely had his belt for five minutes!
How did this happen? WBA rule C.18 states that the WBA Championship Committee and the WBA President have the power to designate a champion as the super champion should they wish and subject to certain additional rulings.
This decision allowed the WBA to upgrade Broner’s status while simultaneously creating a bout for the vacant title Broner won last month. The WBA have mandated a fight between interim champion Jose Benavidez (23-0) and Michelle Di Rocco (40-1-1) who is ranked number three by the WBA.
One of the aforementioned additional rulings made with this appointment is that Broner must face, as a mandatory defense, the winner of Benavidez vs. Di Rocco or Benavidez if the bout is a draw, by May 2017.
This appointment is perfectly acceptable according to the WBA rules. However, many boxing fans and pundits alike are unhappy with the ruling. Many see this appointment as another example of the WBA taking things a step too far.
Broner is a controversial character who has many detractors. So, one has to wonder, would the reaction have been the same if the champion was someone other than Broner?
If Broner isn’t the problem? Who or what is? Most would argue the WBA is the big issue here. The WBA are a much maligned sanctioning body of late, and they aren’t doing themselves any favors or winning new fans by passing such rulings.
The easiest way to understand this is via the following:
(Adrian Broner + WBA) x this situation = A blizzard of abuse from boxing fans.