According to the reliable "The Gondol" purse bids for the WBO Flyweight world title bout between reigning champion Junto Nakatani (21-0, 16) [中谷 潤人] and mandatory title defense against Puerto Rican challenger Angel Acosta (22-2, 21).
The purse bids were supposed to take place yesterday but were cancelled shortly before hand when the teams reached an agreement that Teiken would control the event.
However, and this is a huge "however", there was no date or venue of a potential bout mentioned in the article. Just that Teiken would control the event, on behalf of Nakatani. This could well mean the event ends up in Japan, though could also see the bout taking place in the US, potentially seeing Teiken work with long term partners Top Rank or Golden Boy to help promote the bout stateside.
Félix 'Tutico' Zabala, from All Star Boxing, is quote as saying he'd love to take the fight to Florida, and whilst Japan seems a better fit for Nakatani he has been open about wanting to fight in the US, and competing in Florida, on a decent card in the US would make a lot of sense to growing his international profile. And it would also be easier to organise, especially given how the covid19 situation is in Japan right now.
If the purse bid had gone ahead the event would have been held within 90 days, giving a potential early September or late August date, and would have seen the purse split 75/25 in favour of the champion. If the date still holds then we could expect an announcement shortly.
Earlier today the WBO issued a notice regarding the situation of their Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (21-0, 16) [中谷 潤人] and his mandatory title defense against Puerto Rican challenger Angel Acosta (22-2, 21).
The bout, which had been strongly rumoured for May 29th before parts of Japan were put under their latest State of Emergency ended those rumours, will now see purse bids take place on June 1st at the WBO headquarters.
The minimum permitted bid is $80,000 (USD), and the notice has been sent to openly to promoters willing to host the bout.
Rumours, for a long time, was that terms had been reached between the fighters, though those plans had been left in limbo due to the pandemic, which is likely to continue to be an issue for the forseeable future.
From the pomoters interested we will likely see Teiken make a bid to get the bout in Japan, though could also see several bouts over in the West, with Acosta's promoter certainly being interested in getting their man home advantage, or even getting the bout held in the USA. Interestingly a bout in the US is something that Nakatani would likely be happy about, as he has been about wanting to fight in the US and has, prior to the pandemic, travelled Stateside for training camps.
With the purse bid set for June 1st the bout will hopefully have a date and venue sorted soon and we can see both of these talented, and exciting, fighters back in the ring sooner rather than later.
Earlier today Matchroom head honcho Eddie Hearn announced that he and his team had won the WBA purse bid to promote the bout between Murodjon Akhmadaliev (9-0, 7) [Муроджон Ахмадалиев] and Ronny Rios (33-3, 16).
The bout, which will serve as Akhmadaliev's second defense of his unified WBA "super" and IBF Super Bantamweight titles, was ordered back in April after "MJ" had retained his titles with a TKO win against Japanese challenger Ryosuke Iwasa (27-4, 17) [岩佐 亮佑], in an IBF mandatory defense. On paper it's another solid looking defense a third straight solid bout for Iwasa, who beat Daniel Roman for the titles, defended against Iwasa and now has Rios.
As for Rios, the 31 year old American fighter, will be getting his second world title fight, having previously lost a close one to Rey Vargas for the WBC Super Bantamweight title. On his day Rios is a tough out for anyone in the division, though he can also make some slip ups and losses to Robinson Castellanos and Azat Hovhannisyan have shown his chin isn't the best. Despite his losses the American also has some very good wins to his names, including victories over Jayson Velez, Diego De La Hoya and Oscar Negrete.
Given the styles of the two men involved, this should be a genuinely thrilling bout, but it's fair to say that Akmadlaiev will be strongly favoured to pick up the win and retain his titles.
A date will be announced shortly by Matchroom and fingers crossed it's part of a big card, either in a co-featuire role, or has a strong under-card.
Back in April we saw unified Super Bantamweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev (9-0, 7) [Муроджон Ахмадалиев] successfully retain his IBF and WBA "Super" Super Bantamweight titles, stopping Japanese challenger Ryosuke Iwasa (27-4, 17) [岩佐 亮佑], in an IBF mandatory defense. Soon after that the WBA ordered Akhmadaliev to make a mandatory against against Ronny Rios (33-3, 16).
Yesterday the WBA took strides towards us getting that fight, as they announced that the purse bids for the bout between Akhmadaliev and Rios was now set for May 24th. The bid will take place at 10AM, via zoom, with the promoters told to make their bids on the fight.
The minimum bid will be $150,000 splited 75-25 in favour if the champion. The two teams had had until May 6th to negotiate a deal, but with that date now slipping the WBA appears to be actively moving towards getting this bout sorted.
Given that the purse bid will take place in less than 2 weeks time, fingers crossed we see Akhamadliev in the ring before the end of summer and potentially even once more before the year is over. In 2020 he fought just once, and we're really hoping his activity will be much better this year. He's too good to be sat on the sidelines watching the division develop around him.
According to sources in Thailand there may a large and destructive stumbling block in the way of the much anticipated rematch between WBC Super Flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada (41-3, 28) and WBA "super" champion Roman Gonzalez (50-2, 41). And it's a man that both fighters know well.
According to article on Komthai (the site that was formerly Thairec), the WBC have now sent instructions to both Estrada's team and that of former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (49-5-1, 42) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] to negotiate a deal between the two men, to close off what would be a fantastic trilogy between the two.
The article states that on Monday night the president of the WBC ordered both teams to begin the negotiations process to organise a bout between the men, essentially ordering the two men into a mandatory title bout. The teams were also, reportedly, told that if an agreement cannot be reached the bout will go to purse bids on December 1st in Mexico City.
Srisaket is quoted as saying "I am really happy to hear this good news. Thanks to President Mauricio Suleiman and the WBC World Boxing Council Committee members for giving this order as promised. I will prepare as best as possible in my life and will definitely not disappoint you and the WBC."
Although both men have got connects to Matchroom USA, as does Roman Gonzalez, it does seem unlikely that Srisaket and his Thai team will be willing to wait too long for this shot given that he's already 33, and turns 34 in December, an age where Super Flyweights to have limited success.
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