National Boxing Association
- History of the NBA/WBA
Formed 1921 in Rhode Island, USA, the National Boxing Association (NBA) became the World Boxing Association (WBA) in 1962. It is not to be confused with the current National Boxing Association, a completely new and different body. Contents
1921-01-13: The newly-founded NBA is composed of 17 American states. Tacoma News Tribune (Tacoma, WA, USA) wire report. (By late 1948, New York and Massachussetts were the only states where boxing was conducted which were not members of the NBA.)
1922-01-19: At New Orleans, LA, NBA adopts two new weight classes: Junior Lightweight (130 lbs. maximum) and Junior Welterweight (140 lbs.), but not recognizing any champion of those new divisions. The NBA also announces that it will reduce the number of official divisions from 13 to 10 (flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, junior lightweight, lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight). Jan. 20 New York Times
1922-02-11: While meeting at New Orleans, LA, NBA adopts two new weight divisions: 130 lbs. (recognizing Johnny Dundee as World Champion), and 140 lbs. (declared vacant). Seattle Daily Times wire report.
1929-06-18: NBA announces that "it no longer recognizes any one as king of the 188 [sic]-pounders." June 19 Tacoma News Tribune. Panama Al Brown "holds no title as far as the National Boxing Association is concerned. Paul Prehn, president of the N.B.A., last night said the organization recognizes no one as champion of the 118-pound division, but plans an elimination contest to select a titleholder." June 20 TNT
1929-07-10: Suspends manager Dave Lumiansky for having "spread reports in the United States and abroad that Panama Al Brown is recognized by the National Boxing Association as bantamweight champion." The World (New York newspaper), July 11, 1929, p. 13. (The month before, Brown had been designated "defending world champion" by the New York State Athletic Commission.)
1929-10-07: President Edward Foster announces that, following a telegraphic conference among its members, the National Boxing Association proclaims Panama Al Brown its World Bantamweight Champion. New York Times, Oct. 8, p. 24.
1931-02-14: NBA declares Mickey Walker's middleweight title vacant. New York Times
1934-April: Around this time the NBA strips Panama Al Brown of its bantamweight title for not honoring a contract to fight Rodolfo (Baby) Casanova.
1948-11-26: NBA indefinitely suspends Rocky Graziano in all parts of the world under NBA supervision, announces President Abe Green, following similar action by the California State Athletic Commission. This was due to Graziano's "running out" on a scheduled Dec. 1 bout with Fred Apostoli. The suspension covered most American states, Great Britain, the European Boxing Federation, Cuba, Mexico, and Canada.