The purse bid for Manuel Charr’s mandatory clash with Fres Oquendo took place today and produced an eye-popping result in the heavyweight division.
For his first defense of the WBA ‘regular’ title, Charr’s team bid just $101,000 to secure the rights to the contest and potentially take it to Germany. Massively overshadowed by Oquendo, the veteran’s representatives tabled a whopping $600,000 offer in order to snag the clash and stage it in America.
The WBA want the bout staged as early as possible in a bid to finally clear up having two champions in the division.
Current ‘super’ champion Anthony Joshua is set to face Joseph Parker in a March 31 unification before taking on Alexander Povetkin, the WBA’s number one contender.
Whoever comes out with the WBA belt at the end of those two encounters will then be stipulated to face the ‘regular’ title holder by early 2019.
In other WBA news, the Championships Committee named Nicaraguan Byron Rojas as the mandatory challenger for Thai Thammanoon Niyomtrong, current Minimumweight Champion.
This resolution was made according to article C29 of the WBA Rules, which indicates that a mandatory challenger in a division may be selected by the Championships Committee or through an elimination fight.
Niyomtrong, who is champion at 105 pounds since 2016, has agreed on an optional defense for March 6 against Filipino Toto Landero, number 12 of the WBA ranking. The winner of that fight must negotiate immediately a fight with Rojas in a period no longer than 30 days, otherwise the fight will be called to a purse bid.
The parties involved were duly informed by the Championships Committee and, as as established in the rules, their knowledge of the WBA regulations is presumed.
Finally, The Puerto Rican Jesus Rojas received this Thursday February 8 in Caguas, Puerto Rico, his World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim Featherweight Champion belt.
The event took place on the terrace of the Caguas City Hall in the afternoon and was attended by the mayor, William Miranda Torres, who said: “Last September 15, (Rojas) won a resounding victory at the MGM in Las Vegas. Because of the situations that occurred within the atmospheric systems that affected the country, we had not recognized the feat”.
For his part, the visibly excited champion declared: “Daddy, I proudly tell you that I made it! This is the world title”, he said. “I am the first world champion born and raised in Cañaboncito de Caguas”.