2008-03-08 Nate Campbell w pts 12 Juan Diaz, The Bullring, Cancun, Mexico - WBA/WBO/IBF
The WBA ‘second tier’ title changed hands on 19 May when Yusuke Kobori stopped Jose Alfaro in the third round at the Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan. Then, defending the WBA ‘second tier’ title on 3 January 2009, Kobori was outpointed over 12 rounds by Paulus Moses at The Pacifico, Yokohama, Japan.
Having concerns over a proposed mandatory defence against Moses, Campbell relinquished his WBA belt on 10 January. Campbell then forfeited his two remaining titles when coming in overweight for a defence against Ali Funeka at the Bank Atlanta Centre, Sunrise, Florida, USA on 14 February 2009. Although the fight went ahead, Funeka was unable to lift the two titles after losing on points over 12 rounds.
When the WBA announced that Juan Diaz and Juan Manuel Marquez would be contesting their ‘super’ title on 28 February 2009, it came as a surprise as it was generally thought that Moses would be upgraded. Following that, the WBO also went along with Marquez v Diaz for their title, while the IBF eventually decided that Funeka should meet Joan Guzman to find their champion.