Promoter Vlad Hrunov flew to Panama with the intention of out-bidding everyone with a whopping $18 million offer to stage Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury.
Hrunov, who famously took the Klitschko v Povetkin clash to Moscow with an eye-popping $23 million bid in 2013, had his proposal with him on Monday as purse bids loomed.
Just as the WBA was about to listen to formal submissions, Klitschko’s promoters K2 and Fury’s representatives Hennessy Sports reached an agreement to take any power out of Hrunov’s hands.
WBA official Hector Villarreal was on hand to take a snap of Hrunov with his proposal before reports surfacing that the millionaire was to launch a protest to the agreement.
Klitschko v Fury has been announced for October 24 in Dusseldorf, Germany, although WBA Vice President Gilberto Mendoza informed WBN that they would consider any objection by Hrunov.
“Every WBA decision has the right to an appeal. Definitely, we will consider the objection, and they have a 10-day term to receive it,” Mendoza exclusively told World Boxing News.
“The purse bid is an alternative procedure to assist promoters agreeing on terms of mandatory fights, but an agreement by both parties is more than a reason to cancel the process,” he added.
Partnered with Frank Warren, Hrunov could well have been contemplating taking the fight to UK shores, although that is now academic as the fight is a done deal.
Even though it’s doubtful that Hrunov will succeed with his attempts at an appeal, the Russian has once again rubberstamped just how much of the main player he can be on boxing’s biggest stage.