Made in America
An American Title for American Fighters
THE AMERICAN BOXING ASSOCIATION (ABA) WAS CREATED TO PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR AMERICAN BOXERS TO HAVE A BELT TO FIGHT FOR AND, IF VICTORIOUS, DEFEND IT WITH DEDICATION AND A STRONG SENSE OF NATIONAL PRIDE.
WHAT DO SMOKIN JOE FRAZIER, JOE LOUIS, ROCKY MARCIANO, EZZARD CHARLES, FLOYD PATTERSON, SUGAR RAY ROBINSON, RAY "BOOM-BOOM" MANCINI AND CHAMPIONS LIKE THEM HAVE IN COMMON? THEY ARE AMERICANS AND BRING THE BEST AMERICA HAS TO OFFER INTO THE BOXING RING. THIS IS THE MISSION OF THE AMERICAN BOXING ASSOCIATION. WE HAVE TONS OF SANCTIONING BODIES, BUT NONE SPECIFICALLY RECOGNIZING AN AMERICAN BOXING CHAMPION. ABA CHANGES THAT.
THE ABA CREATES A COMPETITION AMONGST THE BEST AVAILABLE BOXERS IN ANY WEIGHT DIVISION. THEY WOULD BE FIGHTING FOR WHAT WILL BECOME THE MOST COVETED CHAMPIONSHIP BELT IN EXISTENCE - THE ABA BELT AND THE NATIONAL RECOGNITION AND REWARDS THAT GO WITH IT.
What is the American Dream? We as Americans paraphrase our rights from our Constitution, by generally referring to the “American Dream” as Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. American boxers have been striving for this dream in America for centuries; since the days of bare-knuckled brawling for change, through this modern era of Pay Per View (PPV) fights with millions of dollars at stake. Now, there is an organization and a belt created to celebrate the American fighter and the American Dream. Meet the American Boxing Association (ABA).
The ABA is the brainchild of president and founder, Dean Smith, of Dean Smith Productions. Dean was born in Ireland, the son and grandson of prizefighters. Dean Smith developed a love for boxing at an early age, which has continued throughout his life today. Being familiar with the boxing scene in Great Britain, Dean Smith is struck by the passion and national pride in which fighters overseas fight for and defend those belts that represent their national heritage.
Why is there a British Championship, but not an American Championship? As Dean Smith says:
“America is the greatest country in the world, there should be an American Championship belt.”
Patterned a bit in the tradition of the Lonsdale Belt in Great Britain, the ABA will offer its belt in all of the different recognized weight classes. According to ABA rules, once a fighter has successfully defended his belt on three different occasions, he is entitled to keep that belt as a personal possession.
However, the most unique aspect of the ABA lies in the fact that it will only sanction title fights between American citizens. This factor distinguishes the ABA from the other countless title belts and organizations. Once a fighter establishes his American citizenship, and showcases a worthy resume which meets the ABA standards, he can fight for the most American of belts- The American Boxing Association Championship.
Like our counterparts in Great Britain, and other parts of the world, the ABA aims to provide an opportunity for American citizens to fight for, defend, a patriotic title. The opportunity is available for all American boxers with requisite experience, drive, and dedication.