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Scott Quigg to face Yoandris Salinas for vacant WBA [regular] super bantamweight title

quigg43By Scott Gilfoid: Interim WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (26-0-1, 19 KO’s) will be facing #2 WBA Yoandris Salinas (20-0-1, 13 KO’s) for the vacant WBA super bantamweight title later this year. Quigg’s and Salinas’ promoters have agreed on the fight, and the only thing left is to decide on a date and a venue.

What is known is the fight will be staged in the UK rather than United States Cuban former amateur star now lives in Miami, Florida.

Quigg said to Sky Sports, “Salinas is a classy operator but I will be 100 per cent ready to take that title.”

Salinas, 27, has excellent power in both hands, but he’s more of a pot shot fighter and he doesn’t throw a lot of punches for some reason. He also gets hit a lot, which is kind of surprising given his amateur background from Cuba. Usually, Cuban fighters are great defensively, but Salinas is the exception. He’s very easy to hit and his poor defensive has turned his past fights against pretty much entirely poor opposition into competitive affairs.

I can’t understand why Salinas is ranked #2, because he looks pretty flawed to me and more of a #14 or #15 guy. I might think differently if he had fought someone good in the past, but this far it’s entirely weak opposition for Salinas.

Here are some of the records of Salinas’ opponents in 2012: 4-3, 11-2, 8-4-5, 12-14, and 3-3-1.

That’s pretty hard to believe that a fighter with as much amateur experience as Salina is still fighting guys with records like that as of 2012. He’s going to be making a big jump up against Quigg this year, and I never like to see fighters with poor resumes like Salinas being pushed up quickly after having fought largely weak opposition for four years.

The World Boxing Association is yet another sanctioning body that has more than one world champion in the same weight class. They have the WBA regular super bantamweight title that Salinas and Quigg will be fighting over, and then they have the WBA Super World super bantamweight title that Guillermo Rigondeaux has in his possession. It’s so sad the way sanctioning bodies does this because it waters down the sport, confuses the fans, and doesn’t give the champions in each division the full weight that they should have.

The winner of the Quigg-Salinas fight will be little than a paper champion at that weight class. The overall champion, the one actually counts, is Rigondeaux. There shouldn’t be two champions in every weight class, and there definitely shouldn’t be interim champions, I think. It’s pretty sad. You can picture there being two Super Bowl champions each year, two NBA champions or two Major League Baseball champions.

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