At the end of November the WBO announced that their Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (31-0, 19) was to make a mandatory defense of this title against unbeaten Kazakh Janibek Alimkhanuly (11-0, 7) [Жанибек Алимханулы], and made it known that they had given the two sides time to negotiate a deal.
It appears now that no deal has been reached with the the WBO now ordering purse bids for the fight, with those purse bids now set for January 14th.
The WBO shared a letter, that was sent to Top Rank and Matchroom, outlining the situation, and the fact they had also extended the original negotiation window for the bout, but that no deal had been agreed.
The bout has a minimum bid amount of $200,000 with the bout to be split either, 75-25 in favour of the champion or 80-20 in the champion's favour, depending on whether the bout is held in the US or not. If it's in the US Andrade will take home 75% of the bid, whilst if it's outside of the US that will increase to 80%. That would mean Andrade would be guaranteed $150,000 whilst Alimkhanuly is assured $40,000. The reality however is that the bid is likely to be well above the minimum.
Despite the purse bids being called there is also a very real possibility of Andrade vacating the title to join the Super Middleweight ranks, where he would instantly become one of the highest ranked WBO contenders. If that were to happen it would open the door to a more attractive fight for the American, and see Alimkhanuly fighting for the vacant title, potentially against Jaime Munguia or Esquiva Falcao, with the Falcao bout being an easy one to make.
Earlier today the WBO held purse bids for a bout between their Minimumweight champion Wilfredo Mendez (16-1, 6) and his mandatory challenger Masataka Taniguchi (14-3, 9) [谷口将隆], with a minimum bid of $80,000 being set.
According to Japanese sources it turned out the $80,000 price tag was too much for either side to feel comfortable with, and there was no bids for the bout.
As a result the bout will go to a second purse bid event, this time on October 27th with a minimum bid of $40,000.
The purse be split either 80-20 or 75-25 in favour of the champion, depending on whether he gets home advantage or not, which would mean he would get a minimum of $30,000 for the fight if the bout can be made after this second scheduled purse bid.
On Friday the WBO posted a purse bid noticed on their website regarding their Minimumweight title situation.
Earlier this month the WBO their Minimumweight champion Wilfredo Mendez (16-1, 6) and mandatory challenger Masataka Taniguchi (14-3, 9) [谷口将隆] to begin negotiations, giving the teams 10 days to reach a deal. Yesterday that 10 day time window expired, and the WBO revealed that neither team had informed them of an agreement. As a result they will be holding purse bids for the fight, with the bids taking place on October 20th at the WBO's office in Puerto Rico.
The minimum bid for the fight will be $80,000 (USD), with the purse split being either 75-25 or 80-20 depending on whether the bout is held. If it's held on either Puerto Rican soil or Neutral soil, the purse split will be 75-25, whilst it will be 80-20 if the bout is in Japan.
We suspct that Watanabe Gym, the team that handle Taniguchi, would be looking to win the purse bid and put it on in Japan at the end of the Year, as part of a New Year's Eve show along with the return of WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (26-2, 15) [井岡一翔], whilst Mendez's team from Spartan Boxing will be looking to secure home advantage for the champion, or potentially getting the bout on neutral soil for a boit in the US.
Earlier today it was announced that Probellum, the promotional outfit headed by Richard Schaeffer, had won the purse bid for the WBO Bantamweight mandatory title fight, between reigning champion John Riel Casimero (31-4, 21) and mandatory challenger Paul Butler (33-2, 15).
The winning bid for the fight was $105,000, and the intention is for the bout to be staged in either Dubai or England. Casimero will be entitled to 80% of the purse whilst Butler will take home the remaining 20%.
Given Casimero has long been linked to bouts with Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire, it's fair to say that he will feel he deserves more than he will be getting here. In fact the champion would likely have been getting significantly more to face either the "Monster" or the "Filipino Flash". Of course there is the potential for both men in this bout to receive more money outside of the purse figure, but it still seems like he will make only a fraction of what he would have been wanting.
The bout will be Casimero's third defense of the title, which he won in November 2019 when he stopped Zolani Tete in England. As for Butler it gives him a chance to become a 3-time world champion, however he will likely go into the bout as the under-dog.
The bout is being pencilled in for December 11th.
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), had been cancelled.
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.
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