As bad as the WBA has been for years, it’s getting worse. The sanctioning body that regularly crowns three titleholders in the same weight class with no apologies and makes a mockery of boxing on regular basis has sanctioned a fight between B.J. Flores (34-3-1, 21 KOs), 39, of Chandler, Arizona, and Trevor Bryan (19-0, 13 KOs), 28, of Schenectady, New York, for the organization’s vacant interim title, promoter Don King announced on Thursday. The fight, Flores’ first in 14 months, is scheduled for Saturday night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix. There’s nothing wrong with the match, but neither fighter has done a thing to warrant a shot at a heavyweight belt. Since getting knocked out by Tony Bellew in the third round in a cruiserweight world title fight in October 2016, Flores has won two heavyweight fights against journeyman opponents. Bryan has a glossy record but has fought horrendous opposition for his entire seven-year career. His last two foes had records of 2-20 and 2-24 going into the fight. Overall, Bryan’s opponents are a combined 209-222-16.
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