Still a very vital boxing promoter, 90-year-old Don King, is organizing an interesting boxing event later this month, on January 29th. It will be led by the WBC lightweight cruiser champion Ilunge Junior Maccabi's fight against Thabis Mchunu, and now another heavyweight champion has been added to the program.
It's about Trever Bryan, who King said will defend his WBA "regular" championship belt at this event. He did not mention his opponent in this way, from which it can be concluded that he has not been confirmed yet, but first of all, it is important to explain what this mentioned belt of champions means.
The "regular" WBA title was introduced in 2000 to protect its champion who holds one of the remaining three elite titles. In short, if the WBA champion reaches the belt of another organization, he becomes the WBA "super" champion and a match is organized for the new WBA champion, in that case the "regular" champion.
This was done to provide their champion with easier defending titles against the challengers of other promotions, but also so that if their “super” champion loses, they would still have a champion. That champion is Trevor Bryan, who first won a temporary regular title and then a real one, knocking out Bermane Stiverne in January last year.
Trevor Bryan and his match
This is the belt that Manuel (Mahmoud) Charr held before Bryan, but it was taken away due to inactivity. In short, on January 29, we will have a match for the legitimate heavyweight title, at least if one asks the WBA organization that set Trevor Bryan as such.
Does anyone really consider Trevor Bryan a world champion? Probably not, it's hard for him to think of himself as Fury and Usyk. But that’s another picture of today’s boxing. As long as organizations have the opportunity to work on the legitimacy of their boxers and as long as they have the opportunity to earn better, they will introduce as many belts as they need.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Bryan (21-0, 15 KOs) isn’t a good boxer. So far he has proven to be great, but is he really a world champion? Let's be realistic, of course not, but we are looking forward to a match in which we will be able to see for ourselves his current quality. Only for Don King to bring an opponent worth mentioning to him in the ring.