Luis Ortiz is set to defend his interim WBA heavyweight belt against big Russian Alexander Dimitrenko despite being ordered to battle Alexander Ustinov by the WBA.
The hard-hitting Cuban was named in a recent WBA tournament by President Gilberto Mendoza opposite Ustinov but has opted instead to face Dimitrenko on March 5 at the DC Armoury in Washington.
Golden Boy Promotions are currently putting the finishing touches to the event and should be ready to make an official announcement in the next couple of days.
In European news, veteran Frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi will travel to the UK on April 2nd to put his EBU super middleweight belt on the line against talented up and comer Callum Smith.
The pair will collide at the Echo Arena in Liverpool’s Docklands in Mohoumadi’s maiden defence of the belt, which the 35 year-old claimed when stopping Mariano Hilario in eight rounds on Spanish soil last May.
Challenger Smith, 25, has shown great promise in putting together an 18-0 record with 13 stoppages as a pro and is pushing towards world honours in the next eighteen months.
Finally, former world lightweight title challenger Edis Tatli is closing in on gaining home advantage for a high-profile clash with British contender Kevin Mitchell on March 18.
The bout was initially pencilled in to take place on March 19, although is now eyed for a day earlier at the Espoon Metro Arena in Finland.
Tatli, 28, has lost just once in his career when challenging now former world champion Richard Abril in September 2014, whilst Mitchell has been stopped in his last two contests and was given ‘special dispensation’ by the EBU to participate in the bout.
Under EBU rules, no fighter can usually challenge a belt holder coming off a loss.