2009-09-19 Chris John w pts 12 Rocky Juarez, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA
Yuriorkis Gamboa retained his WBA ‘second tier’ title when stopping Whyber Garcia in the fourth round of their contest at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York on 10 October and then made a successful defence when stopping Rogers Mtagwa in the second round at the same venue on 23 January 2010. With John still recognised as the WBA ‘super’ champion, Gamboa made another successful defence of the ‘second tier’ title when outpointing Jonathan Victor Barros over 12 rounds at the Alsterdorfer Sports Hall, Hamburg, Germany on 27 March 2010.
On becoming the IBF champion on 11 September 2010, Gamboa was re-named by the WBA as the unified champion, thus giving up the ‘second tier’ title.
The vacant ‘second tier’ title was next won by Barros when he stopped Irving Berry in the seventh round at the Vicente Polimeni Sports Centre, Las Heras, Argentina on 4 December 2010.