The NBA was formed by representatives from thirteen American states to counterbalance the influence the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) wielded in the boxing world. This often meant that the NBA and the NYSAC crowned different world champions in the same division, leading to confusion about who was the real champion.
The International Boxing Research Organization describes the early NBA in this way: "Originally more comparable to the present American Association of Boxing Commissions than to its offspring and successor, the NBA sanctioned title bouts, published lists of outstanding challengers, withdrew titular recognition, but did not attempt to appoint its own title bout officials or otherwise impose its will on championship fights. It also did not conduct purse bids or collect 'sanctioning fees.'
In 1962 the NBA, with the growth of boxing's popularity world-wide, changed its name to the World Boxing Association. The organization remained mainly American until 1974, however. In that year, two Panamanian boxing figures named Rodrigo Sanchez and Elias Cordova manipulated the WBA rules to give a majority of votes to nations in Latin America.
Gilberto Mendoza has been the President of the WBA since 1982. The WBA in the 1990s moved its central offices from Panama City, Panama, to Caracas, Venezuela. In January 2007 it moved its offices again to Panama.
The WBA also came under fire in the 1980s for allowing South Africans to fight for its titles.
|Weight class:||Champion:||Date won:|
|Minimumweight||Román González||September 15 2008|
|Light flyweight||Brahim Asloum||December 8 2007|
|Flyweight||Takefumi Sakata||March 19 2007|
|Super flyweight||Cristian Mijares||May 17 2008|
|Nobuo Nashiro||September 15 2008|
|Bantamweight||Anselmo Moreno||May 31 2008|
|Super bantamweight||Celestino Caballero||October 4 2006|
|Featherweight||Chris John||November 4 2006|
|Lightweight||Nate Campbell||March 8 2008|
|Yusuke Kobori||May 19 2008|
|Super lightweight||Andreas Kotelnik||March 22 2008|
|Welterweight||Antonio Margarito||July 26 2008|
|Super welterweight||Daniel Santos||July 11 2008|
|Middleweight||Felix Sturm||April 28 2007|
|Super middleweight||Mikkel Kessler||June 21 2008|
|Light heavyweight||Hugo Garay||July 3 2008|
|Cruiserweight||Guillermo Jones||September 27 2008|
|Heavyweight||Nikolai Valuev||August 30 2008|