From what we've been hearing over the last day or two it sounds like the WBO are set to order purse bids for their Bantamweight unification bout between regular champion Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19) and interim champion Alejandro Hernandez (28-10-2, 15).
The parties, which have been given time to negotiate a fight under their own terms, don't appears to have spoken with each other with Hernandez's team said to have made attempts to speak to Kameda with no success. With that in mind the Mexican fighter and his team have asked the WBO to order purse bids which would likely speed up the whole process.
Kameda, who successfully defended against mandatory challenger Pungluang Sor Singyu last time out, may feel that it's unfair to have back-to-back mandatory fights, though if he wants to continue to hold the title he will have to do as told by the WBO. That is unless he decides to speed up his much anticipated move to Super Bantamweight. and vacate the Bantamweight title to begin his march at 122lbs.
It would seem likely that a Kameda/Hernandez fight, if it takes place, will be held early next year with the bout likely to be in Mexico or the US. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Hernandez team bidding big at a purse bid to secure the fight in Mexico though with Al Haymon now behind Kameda and the Japanese fighter may have the ace up his sleeve for a purse bid. If however TBS will back the Kameda's in their coming fights it could end up someone like the Philippines or South Korea even if Tomoki get a Japanese license.
Whatever the outcome we're really looking forward to seeing Tomoki's return to the ring, be it against Hernandez at 118 or a top opponent at 122.
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