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WBA denies request for Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero to fight for 'super' championship

Floyd Mayweather will be formally removed as the WBA's 'super' welterweight and junior middleweight champion at the end of the month. But the WBA won't let the Garcia-Guerrero winner take the vacant title.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

WBA President Gilberto Mendoza Jr. has told ESPN Deportes that Premier Boxing Champions has submitted a request for Danny Garcia vs. Robert Guerrero to be for their soon-to-be vacant 'super' welterweight world title. The WBA has announced that they will be formally removing Floyd Mayweather as their 'super' champion at welterweight and junior middleweight at the end of the month, paving way for the request.

The WBA has, however, decided to deny the PBC's request -- indicating their preference of having only two champions in the division. It's expected that Keith Thurman, currently the WBA's regular' champion, will be promoted to 'super' champion with David Avanesyan, currently the WBA's interim welterweight champion, being promoted to 'regular' champion.

In the junior middleweight division, Erislandy Lara is expected to be promoted to 'super' champion, with Jack Culcay expected to fill Lara's void as 'regular' champion.

So it appears the WBA isn't going to allow Danny Garcia (who is the heavy favorite to beat Robert Guerrero) to take easy street to a major welterweight title -- at least not yet, anyways. And it's probably better this way, particularly since I can't imagine that Keith Thurman, who like Garcia is advised by Al Haymon, would take kindly to him advocating for Garcia to leapfrog him as champion.

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