Interim championship

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An interim championship is an alternate title that is awarded by the four major sanctioning bodies of professional boxing (WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO), and in other combat sports such as kickboxing, professional wrestling, and mixed martial arts.

Occasionally, the champion of a particular weight division is temporarily unable to defend his championship because of medical, legal, or other reasons that are beyond the competitor's control. When this case occurs, two highly ranked contenders may fight for an interim championship of the same weight division – leading to two champions existing in the same weight division simultaneously. Once the original champion is able to return, at the discretion of the sanctioning body concerned, they must defend their title against the interim champion - who will relinquish their interim title in order to fight for the full world title. If the original champion cannot return, refuses to defend their title or transfers to a different weight division, the interim champion is then promoted to full championship status.[citation needed] The WBC, however, have begun awarding interim titles to the winners of final eliminator fights, effectively signifying a mandatory challenger position for the full world title. Recent examples include the winners of Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas and Devin Haney vs Zaur Abdullaev.

Current interim championsEdit

As of June 18, 2021.

Sanctioning body Weight Class Champion
WBA Heavyweight   Daniel Dubois
WBC Heavyweight   Dillian Whyte
WBA Light heavyweight   Robin Krasniqi
WBA Middleweight   Chris Eubank Jr.
WBA Light welterweight   Alberto Puello
WBA Lightweight   Rolando Romero
WBA Super featherweight   Chris Colbert
WBO Super featherweight   Shakur Stevenson
WBA Featherweight   Eduardo Ramirez
WBA Super bantamweight   Ra'eese Aleem
WBC Bantamweight   Reymart Gaballo
WBA Flyweight   Luis Concepción
WBC Flyweight   McWilliams Arroyo
WBA Light flyweight   Daniel Matellon

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