WBA clears its super welterweight champion Errol Spencewho also holds the WBC and IBF titles, to fight against Keith Thurman, who was recently named by the WBC as the mandatory challenger for the title. A regular WBA champion in this weight Eimantas Stanionis meet the mandatory challenger Virgil Ortizafter which the winners of these fights for the WBA welterweight titles will meet in a face-to-face fight.

The WBA decision states that on November 14, TGB Promotions, on behalf of Spence, applied for permission to fight Keith Thurman next February, and permission was given in exchange for the obligation of the winner of this fight to fight the winner of the Stanionis-Ortiz fight within 180 days. after these fights.

Until recently, Spence was negotiating a fight for the title of undisputed champion against the WBO champion. Terence Crawfordbut the teams of boxers failed to agree, and Crawford had already announced his fight against David Avanesyan December 10th.

The WBA also notes that this decision was made as part of their plan to reduce the number of titles in one weight category, however, in December last year, the WBA already made a similar decisionbut the fight between the WBA welterweight champions never took place.