Late last night we were informed, from sources in South America, that a deal had been reached for a WBA Minimumweight unification bout between unbeaten Thai Knockout CP Freshmart (12-0, 6) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and Nicaraguan warrior Byron Rojas (17-2-3, 8).
The deal that has been reached will see Rojas on the road as he travels to Thailand for the bout, with the Nicaraguan expected to in the region of $75,000-$80,000 for the bout. The deal sees Rojas guaranteed $65,000 up front with the rest of the money being made from the TV rights for the fight.
At the moment it's unclear when the bout will take place, but the target is to get the bout sorted for Mid July.
For Rojas the bout will be the first defense of the title that he recently won when he shocked the highly regarded Hekkie Budler, in South Africa. It's a mandatory defense of the "regular" title for him. Originally Rojas and his team had hoped to secure the bout for Nicaragua though it appears that the offer from the Thai's team was too good to say no to.
Interestingly it sees Rojas go to the country where compatriot Carlos Buitrago has fought twice in recent years, with "Chocorroncito" twice losing to Knockout.
For Knockout the bout serves as a long awaited chance to become "the" WBA champion following 3 defenses of the interim title.
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