By Charles Brun: Eddie Hearn says the winner of the October seventh struggle between WBA featherweight champion Leigh Wooden and Josh Warrington could vacate the belt and transfer as much as 130 to problem Joe Cordina for his IBF title.
Warrington is coming off a loss to Luis Alberto Lopez final December and never deserving of a world title shot, but he’s getting one anyway. In different phrases, Warrington is backing right into a title shot off a loss, which makes a mockery of the game. That’s a WWE transfer.
Different sports activities are primarily based on achievement, not enterprise, and also you don’t transfer to the championship recreation after a loss. Within the case of Warrington, he’s failed and continues to be being put in a world title struggle, which cheapens the entire thing.
British followers handled yesterday’s announcement of the Wooden-Warrington struggle with lukewarm curiosity. This struggle is already tainted, given Warrington’s loss and the circumstances surrounding Wooden’s final struggle towards Mauricio Lara. On prime of that, Wooden is being permitted to swerve his WBA necessary Otabek Kholmatov (11-0, 10 KOs).
This man could be a 100% nightmare for the washed Wooden and would possible destroy him & Warrington on the identical night time, making it look straightforward. Therefore, he’s going to be prevented just like the plague by the Wooden-Waarrington winner.
There was quite a lot of criticism from boxing followers for Wooden (27-3, 16 KOs) not preventing Kholmatov subsequent and as an alternative preventing Warrington (31-2-1, 8 KOs) in a business-level struggle on October seventh on the Sheffield Enviornment in Sheffield, England.
On why Wooden isn’t preventing the Kholmatov:
“What occurs is you ask for a particular exemption with the WBA. Leigh Wooden had simply gained the WBA title, so it was his first protection,” stated Eddie Hearn to Boxing Social. “They put the exemption to the opposite crew, they usually have the possibility to remark. They didn’t remark.
“So it was determined. I feel it could have been granted anyway [by the WBA], however clearly, that helped, and the WBA stated, ‘Sure, we wish to make large fights, however the winner should struggle Kholmatov with no exception,’ so we’ll see what occurs. For now, we’re centered on October seventh.
“If the winner of this struggle doesn’t struggle Kholmatov, then the WBA title will turn out to be vacant, after which will probably be Raymond Ford towards Kholmatov for the world WBA title. That’s one other certainly one of our fighters [Ford]. That’s an incredible struggle, by the way in which. Two nice younger fighters.
“I feel the winner of this struggle [Wood vs. Warrington] will transfer up and struggle Joe Cordina [for his IBF super featherweight title]. That’ll be one other large struggle. It’ll be an opportunity for the winner to turn out to be a two-weight world champion.,” stated Hearn.
As Hearn states that the vacated WBA featherweight title would then be fought over by Kholmatov and the Matchroom-promoted Raymond Ford (14-0-1, 7 KOs), who Eddie is assured will beat the Uzbekistan fighter with no issues in anyway.
Ford got here near dropping final 12 months towards Edward Vazquez, and in 2021, he was held to an eight spherical draw by Aaron Perez.
Clearly, Hearn has his blinders and sees solely what he desires to as a result of Ford is just not the perfect factor since sliced bread, and he’ll possible lose to Kholmatov with out the judges getting an opportunity to attain it.
Clearly, the identical confidence isn’t there that Wooden or Warrington can beat Kholmatov as a result of the tentative plans are to vacate the WBA title to swerve him.
As I beforehand talked about, Kholmatov was purported to be subsequent in line to problem Wooden for his WBA belt after he captured it in his final struggle towards Mauricio Lara final Could.
Lara was stripped of his WBA earlier than the struggle after BBBofC deemed that he was too heavy in the course of the weight examine. Followers on social media criticized that transfer, saying Lara had been robbed of his WBA title earlier than the struggle.
Together with his title stripped, Lara appeared unmotivated and disengaged all through the struggle, not trying .