Leo Santa Cruz has now officially vacated his WBA ‘super’ featherweight world title leaving Leigh Wood as the sole featherweight champion in the governing body.
The WBA had ordered Santa Cruz to face Wood multiple times in recent months after the 34-year-old has failed to defend the belt in over three years.
Wood meanwhile picked up the regular belt when he upset Can Xu in July last year before defending the belt with a sensational last-round victory over Michael Conlan in March.
The Nottingham man was set to take on Mauricio Lara in September before an injury to his bicep forced the fight to be called off two weeks out.
“Now the WBA has 11 unique champions of the 17 divisions, a new advance in the World Title Reduction Plan that was launched in August 2021 and that has brought a fruitful results to date”, read a statement by the WBA.
“The WBA will continue to make decisions aimed at achieving this goal, with the intention of having a single champion in all divisions.”