David Morrell Named WBA Regular Super Middleweight World Champion
Undefeated David O. Morrell Jr. has been elevated to World Boxing Association (WBA) Regular Super Middleweight World Champion.
WBA President Gilberto Mendoza made that distinction today.
Morrell, 23 of Santa Clara, Cuba, and now residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, won the interim title on August 8, 2020, with a 12-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Lennox Allen.
Morrell is coming off a 3rd round stoppage over Mike Gavronski on December 26th in Los Angeles. That contest headlined a card that was televised by FOX from Los Angeles.
With the victory, the former World Youth Amateur champion pushed his record to 4-0 with three knockouts.
“The first time I laid eyes on David Morrell Jr., I saw a bigger and better Vasiliy Lomachenko with power in both hands,” Said Warriors Boxing Promotions COO Luis DeCubas in a release.”
With the new status of a regular champion, Morrell’s representatives, Warriors Boxing Promotions and Ural Boxing Promotions, have 30 days to make a deal with former world title challenger John Ryder and his representatives with Matchroom Boxing. Ryder was last in action against Mike Guy winning by unanimous decision in December.
Today’s ruling also further solidified Morrell’s status as one of the top super middleweights in the world, and following his mandatory assignment, Morrell would be in line to face any of the top 168-pound fighters such as the winner of next Saturday’s Caleb Plant – Caleb Truax fight, Canelo Alvarez and David Benavidez.
However, it’s unlikely that he will get the shot anytime this year at Canelo. Alvarez is likely to fight WBC contender Avni Yildirim in February and then either Plant or England’s Billy Jo Saunders (the WBO 168 lb. champ) over “Cinco de Mayo” weekend.
The second fight is contingent on whether Alvarez does his two fight deal with DAZN/Matchroom Boxing, who has Saunders or Premier Boxing Champions, who has Plant and Benavidez.