Earlier today the WBA held the purse bid for their Super Bantamweight mandatory title fight between champion Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10) and unbeaten Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev (6-0, 5) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович]. The purse bid had come about after the sides failed to reach an agreement on purses and it was a rather odd one, with only World of Boxing, the promoter of Akhmadaliev, even tabling a bid.
The bid from the Russian promoter was $145,000, a disappointingly low purse for a bout that will not only have the WBA title on the line but also the IBF title, with Roman being a unified champion following his thrilling win over TJ Doheny earlier in the year.
The bid came with 3 proposed dates and locations of the bout. Those proposals were Tashkent, Uzbekistan on September 21st, St. Petersburg, Russia a week later, on September 28th; or Los Angeles, on September 14th.
Interestingly Roman had been announced for a card in Mexico in August, with that bout now looking like it could be off due to this purse bid, a purse bid that was announced as taking place over a week ago. It's also worth noting that Roman will also have an IBF mandatory due in the near future, against Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], so he may end up not being a unified champion for too long, sadly, due to the ever frustrating politics of sport and the inactivity of fighters at the top.
Originally it was assumed the two teams would come to a relatively easy agreement, given that both are co-promoted by Matchroom Sport and Eddie Hearn, with the champion being promoted by Thompson Boxing and Akhmadaliev being promoted World of Boxing. The fact a deal couldn't be arranged is rather worrying, though it does seem like their could be something else at play here, and we wouldn't be surprised to at least another twist in the tale for this bout.
According to central Asian sources the teams of Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10) and Murodjon Akhmadaliev (6-0, 5) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович] have failed to reach an agreement for their bout, which was ordered by the WBA earlier in the year.
The bout would pit Roman, the current unified WBA and IBF champion, against the fast rising Uzbek challenger, who quickly raced through the rankings. It was was expected a deal would be reached quite easily, especially given the fact there will be an IBF mandatory due in the near future against former champion Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], but instead the teams have struggled to reach an agreement.
At the time of writing it now seems we will end up going to purse bids, split 75/25 in favour of Roman, with July 2nd set as the date for the purse bids, if the teams can't reach a deal before then.
Roman has already delayed this mandatory once, to unify the titles in his recent victory over TJ Doheny. It was known ahead of that bout that Akhmadaliev would be waiting in the wings for the eventual winner, and here he is now actively pursuing his title fight.
Despite the purse bid scenario it seems almost certain the bout will take place, and will do so in the US, no matter who wins the purse bid. Roman is, after all, an American fighter and Akhmadaliev has fought his entire career in the US, though of course promotional rights, finances and control of the fight are all vital for the teams involved in the purse bid process, and we suspect their will be a pretty decent sized winning bid for this much anticipated match up.
Earlier this month the WBO ordered negotiations for a mandatory title fight between WBO Super Flyweight world champion Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23) and mandatory challenger Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21).
The WBO gave the teams from both men 15 days to sort a deal, and yesterday announced that a deal hadn't been reached, so they were ordering a purse bid for the bout.
The purse bid is now set to take place on February 28th in San Juan, with a minimum bid of $100,000.
The bout will be a second meeting between the two men, who fought to a draw last year. Following their draw both men have picked up a win, with Nietes defeating Kazuto Ioka to win the title, and become a 4-weight champion, and Palicte beating Jose Martinez to become the mandatory challenger for the belt.
The WBA Cruiserweight title picture has been nothing short of a mess recently, with 4 different "world champions" at the time. Thankfully we are heading to a point where that mess will be tidied up, at least partially, and today saw the WBA hold a purse bid to begin the long process of getting rid of some of those world titles.
The purse bid in question was for the WBA "regular" Cruiserweight title, and was to set up a bout between "regular" champion Beibut Shumenov (18-2, 12) [Бейбут Амирханович Шуменов] and "interim" champion, come Gold champion, Arsen Goulamirian (24-0, 16).
The winning bid was put in by Don King, $821,000, with the purse to be split 55%-45% in favour of Shumenov. The winning was almost $200,000 more than the bid put in by Goulamirian's team, who were the
It was the only one of 4 purse bids ordered earlier this year to actually take place today, more than a week later than originally scheduled.
King's winning bid came with 3 possible venues and dates.The first possibility is on April 15th in Monaco, the second possibility is just over 2 weeks later, April 30th Kazakhstan whilst the other possibility is May 13th in New York. A decision will be made shortly on which of those options will be taken forward.
French website www.lequipe.fr have quoted Sébastien Acariès, who promotes Goulamirian, as saying "Given the large amount of the bid, I have no regrets " [Translated] and also seemed to rule out the April 15th option, "King, who sent his representative, he will now have to find a city, but I do not believe in the possibility of Monaco at all." This is likely due to the fact a bout in Monaco would essentially see Goulamirian being the local favourite.
On March 26th the WBO issued an open letter stating that purse bids for Tomoki Kameda's (29-0, 18) WBO Bantamweight title defence against Pungluang Sor Singyu (46-2, 31) would be ordered for April 1st.
Originally this left us questions as to why. We thought, for all intents and purposes, purse bids for this particular fight had been cancelled with the Kameda's and Onesongchaigym agreeing, in principle to the bout, with out the need for the purse bids.
The agreement between the two parties had been for the fight to take place either in Japan or in the US. However with Tomoki Kameda currently unlicensed in Japan his team seemed to try and suggest that the bout would then be either the USA or Mexico.
Onesongchai rightfully complained at the switch from Japan to Mexico, where Tomoki has a sizeable fan already, was not part of their original agreement and the WBO sided with the Thai team.
Although the purse bids were due yesterday we're not yet aware as to who actually won. What we do know is that Onesongchai did originally say they were going to pull out all the stops to win the hosting rights of the fight. After the recent Kameda stunt we imagine that Onesongchai won't be willing to be played about and will break open the bank to make sure that they get the fight on Thai soil.
Interesting the Thai's have got a stronger hand now than they had when the original agreement was reached. Originally the Kameda team still had a promotional license in Japan and thought that a US promoter would also offer money. The fact they can't promote in Japan destroys any hope of the fight being their and the fact no American deal could be struck seems to indicate that fight isn't as big in the west as the Kameda's may have hoped.
Whilst the purse bid option seems to make sense at the moment we actually wouldn't be shocked at Tomoki vacating the belt if Onesongchai win. It seems likely that the fight will be in Mexico or not at all and with Tomoki already talking about having weight problems he may take the decision to vacate rather than go to Thailand.
(Letter above courtesy of the WBO)
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