An IBF welterweight title eliminator between Jo Jo Dan and Kevin Bizier is currently in negotiations with the winner set to be mandatory challenger to new champion Kell Brook.
Romanian Dan, who is based in Canada, was originally put forward with Italian Leonard Bundu for the contest, although the former European title holder chose to pass on the fight and is set to battle Keith Thurman on December 13.
That left southpaw Dan, 33, searching for a suitable replacement, but as manager Chris Ganescu explained to WBN, securing a high-profile name proved a somewhat difficult undertaking.
“The IBF asked Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley to fight Jo Jo for the number one and mandatory position, but both declined. The next in line was Kevin Bizier and he accepted the challenge,” Ganescu told World Boxing News.
“Talks are now underway between DiBella Entertainment and GYM (Bizier’s promoter) to make the fight as the IBF gave them until October 29 otherwise a purse bid will be called.
“Discussions are positive so far and we are hopeful for an agreement soon.”
Dan and Bizier fought previously in November of last year in what was resulted in a controversial split decision. Dan inflicted a first defeat on Bizier by claiming victory on two cards 116-111 and 114-113, but it was Larry Layton’s 117-110 scoring the other way that initially raised eyebrows.
The return fight is now close to being secured and Ganescu is hopeful the rematch will land on the high-profile Adonis Stevenson v Dmitriy Sukhotsky bill on December 19 at the Colisee de Quebec – the scene of the first encounter.
“We expect a deal shortly, most probably on the Stevenson v Sukhotsky undercard. Nothing is official yet, but Jo Jo is looking forward to beat Bizier again soon,” he added.
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