|The WAA is a
world-wide title sanctioning body for professional boxing. It was founded in
early 1981 by Pat O'Grady, after the World Boxing Association removed his
son, WBA World Lightweight Champion Sean O'Grady as champion for not
defending against their top contender. Unfortunately, Sean lost the title
in his first defense. A popular fighter though, Sean O'Grady was inducted
into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992. Since retiring, O'Grady has
worked as a boxing analyst for several television networks.
Since its formation, the WAA has attempted to change and clarify a few of
the outdated rules and operating procedures in the world of professional
boxing. However, like so many other boxing sanctioning bodies, the WAA
struggled against the "Big 3" and eventually met its demise with the passage
of the Muhammad Ali Reform Act that required all professional boxing
sanctioning bodies to register with the ABC-the Association of Boxing
Commissions. Now, the founder of the IBU-the International Boxing Unon has
revived the WAA to serve as an associate tier organization to the IBU.
While the history is largely undocumented, we here at the WAA hope that all
fans, historians, and officials will aid us in completing the task of
reformulating the timeline of titles and lineage. We at the WAA have
implemented a comprehensive Ratings Guide similar to that of the parent IBU.
However, after a twelve (12) month period of holding the WAA World Title or
after defending the WAA World Title, the Champion will be granted after
petitioning, an opportunity to fight the IBU World Champion in that weight
class provided he relinquishes the title after being granted such a fight.
This gives the Champions of the WAA incentive to train, fight, and move up
to the next level and not be content to rest on their "laurels".
The WAA has world class Judges and Referees, who have been selected by our
own Executive Committee and are among the most respected in their relative
fields. All of our officials will attend regular seminars and their
performance is constantly assessed. We also will have four (4) Fight
Commissioners who will work exclusively for the WAA and attend any
promotions with which the WAA is associated. This ensures that our rules and
regulations are strictly adhered to and enables the promoter to carry out
his own business, safe in the knowledge that through their wealth of
experience, our four Commissioners are overseeing the administration of his
The WAA will have a reputation for honesty and integrity throughout the
sport of which will be rightly proud. We care about the sport in both the
long and the short term, and are open to everyone. The only gifts and
favours on offer are for the fighters concerned and are covered within their
The WAA prides itself upon its accessibility to both the media and the
general public. We have our own web site which is updated regularly, as well
as the usual communication infrastructure of telephone, facsimile and Email.
We also are working on a full video conferencing facility. All of our
primary communication details are listed below.
Tel. (404) 808-9268 Web:
Address: WAA, 3228 Roswell Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30305 , United States