Cuba's Yunier Dorticos and France's Youri Kalenga will meet for the WBA "world" cruiserweight title on May 20 in Paris, fighting for a belt that doesn't need to exist and seems to go against the recently stated WBA wishes to clean up their title situations.
Kalenga (22-2, 15 KO), born in Congo, lost a title challenge last April to Denis Lebedev, and followed that up with a win over Roberto Bolonti in November, his last fight. Dorticos (20-0, 19 KO) has largely dominated lesser opposition in his pro career, which began in 2009. He went 2-0 last year, beating veterans Galen Brown and Fulgencio Zuniga.
The 30-year-old Dorticos will obviously be taking a big step up in class here, as Kalenga, 27, has shown he can hang with a fighter like Lebedev, an upper echelon guy in the division. Kalenga's other loss was a curious defeat against Arturs Kulikauskis in 2013, facing a Latvian in Latvia with three Latvian judges who came up with the hilarious scores of 100-94, 100-93, and 99-97.
As for the real WBA cruiserweight title -- the "super world" title -- Lebedev will be defending that in a unification bout with IBF titleholder Victor Ramirez the next night, on May 21 in Moscow.