The World Boxing Organization have called a new purse bid for a light-heavyweight title clash between Sergey Kovalev and Anthony Yarde.
Despite a previous purse bid date of April 8, and an initial agreement between both sides, no movement has taken place since.
This has led to the WBO announcing a new date. Offers should then be made by interested parties.
Kovalev will be unable to face other opponents until Yarde is dealt with. Any alternative attempts would see the Russian stripped of his title.
Yarde has worked his way to mandatory status and wants the fight. This is despite some believing it’s a little too early for the Briton.
Releasing a statement on the matter, which is said to have arisen from a lack of communication, the WBO want things cleared up this week.
TO: WBO BONAFIDE PROMOTERS
FROM: LUIS BATISTA SALAS, ESQ.
DATE: JUNE 6th 2019
RE: WBO LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
SERGEY KOVALEV VS. ANTHONY YARDE
As per Section 11 through 14 of the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests (www.wboboxing.com). Please be advised that a Purse Bid will be held at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
This will happen on Tuesday, June 11th 2019, at the lobby area of the Hilton New York JFK Airport Hotel, Queens, NY, United States of America.
Hilton New York JFK Airport Hotel
Lobby Area 144-02 135th Avenue Queens,
NY, 11436 United States of America
The minimum acceptable bid for the WBO Light Heavyweight Division is $300,000.00 (Three-Hundred Thousand Dollars).
In accordance with the WBO Championship Rules & Regulations, WBO President Francisco Valcárcel, Esq. will be presiding the Purse Bid procedures.
Any additional information, please visit our website at www.wboboxing.com. Or contact the WBO main office.
Promoter Frank Warren is keen for his man to be given the opportunity. He hopes to bring Kovalev over to the UK for the second time.
Kovalev previously dethroned Nathan Cleverly of the strap back in 2013. The loss was the first of Cleverly’s career.
‘Krusher’ would go on to unify the division. Kovalev then lost out against Andre Ward three years later.