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Alfonso Blanco defeats Sergey Khomitsky for eventual rights to WBA interim belt


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On the undercard of last night's Jorge Linares vs. Ivan Cano title fight, unbeaten Venezuelan middleweight Alfonso Blanco handily beat Belarusian prospect-buster Sergey Khomitsky to earn the WBA Interim Middleweight Title. This wouldn't be terribly newsworthy if it weren't for the fact that the situation behind that belt is utterly bonkers.

See, Chris Eubank, Jr. currently holds the belt, having stopped Dmitry Chudinov in twelve this past February. Due to inactivity, however, the WBA warned the Englishman was in danger of being stripped. As a result, Eubank's team petitioned the WBA to allow him to defend the belt against Tony Jeter on the Kell Brook-Diego Chaves undercard in two weeks.

They agreed on the condition that the winner immediately vacate the belt...due to inactivity.

So, right now, Eubank is still the interim champ. The microsecond after his fight with Jeter ends, however, Blanco will be the interim champion.

Frankly, I'm still trying to wrap my head around this. If Eubank wins, as expected, he'll lose the belt due to inactivity despite literally having fought seconds prior. If Jeter wins, he'll lose the belt due to not defending it in the span between the end of the Eubank fight and the judges announcing his victory.

Boxing is freaking stupid, guys.

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