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.

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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 champions

As of June5, 2021.

Sanctioning bodyWeight ClassChampion
WBAHeavyweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Daniel Dubois
WBCHeavyweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dillian Whyte
WBALight heavyweight Flag of Germany.svg Robin Krasniqi
WBAMiddleweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Eubank Jr.
WBALight welterweight Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Alberto Puello
WBALightweight Flag of the United States.svg Rolando Romero
WBCLightweightTBA
WBASuper featherweight Flag of the United States.svg Chris Colbert
WBAFeatherweight Flag of Mexico.svg Eduardo Ramirez
WBASuper bantamweight Flag of the United States.svg Ra'eese Aleem
WBCBantamweight Flag of the Philippines.svg Reymart Gaballo
WBAFlyweight Flag of Panama.svg Luis Concepción
WBCFlyweight Flag of Puerto Rico.svg McWilliams Arroyo
WBALight flyweight Flag of Cuba.svg Daniel Matellon

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