Back in early April the IBF ordered the teams of Deejay Kriel (15-1-1, 7) and Samuel Salva (17-0, 10) to begin negotiations for an IBF Minimumweight title fight. The order was for South African Kriel to make a mandatory defence against the unbeaten Filipino. It's now been reported by Dan Rafael of ESPN that negotiations haven't yielded a deal, and instead of waiting longer Salva's team have now requested the IBF organise the purse bid process.
The purse bid is now pencilled in for June 18th in New Jersey, and could see the promoters from either team, as well as any other promoter, make a bid for the fight.
Kriel won the IBF title earlier this year, when he upset Carlos Licona, with a remarkable 12th round KO win when he dropped Licona 3 times in the final round. Prior to that win there was little of note on Kriel's record, with his best win being a decision over Dexter Alimento. Notably that win over Licona was on Kriel's first bout outside of the South African province of Gauteng.
Salva on the other hand has never left the Philippines, but the 22 year old has scored very domestic wins, including 2 wins over veteran Donny Mabao, as well as wins over Marco John Rementizo and Rene Mark Cuarto. He's yet to get a win against an international opponent, but is highly ranked by the IBF.
It's going to be interesting to see how the purse bids go here, as it would seem likely both teams will do what they can to get home advantage, for what will be a huge bout for both men.
For those interested in Dan Rafael's story about the bout that can be read here.
Earlier today in the Philippines there was two world title eliminators, both of which were all Filipino fights, and both of which were IBF eliminators streamed live on the GAB facebook page.
The first of those bouts was an IBF Minimumweight title bout, which saw the unbeaten Samuel Salva (17-0, 10) put on a career best performance to out point Rene Mark Cuarto (16-2-1, 9) over 12 rounds. Salva, who hadn't really looked that rounded before today, showed good technical ability and out boxed Cuarto through much of the bout. The longer the bout the more ragged Cuarto became as exhaustion became an issue, and although he put up a good effort, he was clearly the loser.
The official cards were 116-112, twice, and 117-111, all in favour of Salva who is now inline for about with Deejay Kriel.
The second was at Bantamweight, where Michael Dasmarinas (29-2-1, 19) out pointed Kenny Demecillo (14-5-2, 8) to become the new mandatory challenger, though will be expected to wait to the end of the WBSS before getting a shot at the belt. The bout saw Damarinas starting well, and he did look quite clearly the better fighter early on, landing particularly solid body body shots. As he slowed however Demecillo came back into the bout and ran him close in the final few rounds, with a particularly exciting final round.
After 12 rounds Dasmarinas got the decision with scores of 115-1113, 116-112 and 117-111. Despite the win, he did fail to really impress, and none of the top Bantamweights will be too worried by his performance here.
Earlier today we were sent the full bout card for the MP Promotions show on March 23rd.
The card will be headlined by an IBF Bantamweight world title eliminator, as Michael Dasmarinas (28-2-1, 19) and Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2, 8) battle to become the mandatory for the IBF title. This bout had previously been announced for a different show, in Singapore, that appears to have fallen through.
A second world title eliminator will be at Minimumweight, and will see Samuel Salva (16-0, 10) taking on Rene Mark Cuarto (16-1-1, 9).
Other bouts of note on this show will see Ronnie Baldonado (13-1-1, 9) battle Elias Joaquino (12-3-2, 6), in a mouth watering domestic battle and another great domestic clash between Orlie Silvestre (12-5-1, 8) and Joel Taduran (8-10-2, 2).
On the international stage we'll see Singaporean fighter Muhamad Ridhwan (11-1, 8) and Landy Cris Leon (11-18-5, 5) battle in a supposed showcase for Ridhwan and a great match up touted Chinese prospect Lei Wang (2-0, 1) taking on the under-rated Adam Diu Abdulhamid (13-7, 5) in a really tough looking bout.
(A huge thanks to Ian Melodillar @iaknows for the image)
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