National Boxing Association

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Formed in 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, an unconnected body.)

Regulations & Rulings

NBA Rulebook, circa 1929
  • 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 Massachusetts were the only states where boxing was conducted which were not members of the NBA. New York had its own highly-influential New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC).)
  • 1922-01-19: At its first annual convention, in New Orleans, LA, NBA adopts two new weight classes: Junior Lightweight (130 lbs. maximum, recognizing Johnny Dundee as World Champion), and 140 lbs. (declared vacant). 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). Texas, Nebraska and Minnesota were elected to membership, while Canada was recognized as an "allied body." Other rules adopted. Jan. 20 Indianapolis Times [1]; New York Times
  • 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 NYSAC.)
  • 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.
  • 1929-Dec: Per the 19 Dec 1929 Toronto Globe, "News of the Boxers" column by W. T. Munns, the NBA reversed itself recently to join the British Boxing Federation to declare the bantamweight title open. Originally, it had concurred with the NYSAC to declare Panama Al Brown champion.
  • 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.

Quarterly Ratings

under construction
The NBA first issued its quarterly ratings on September 16, 1929.

Quarterly Ratings: By Year

Quarterly Ratings: By Weight Class

External Links


  • The Hartford Courant, Hartford, Conn.: September 17, 1929. p. 13