Undefeated Welterweights To Fight In IBF Title Eliminator

Carlos Ocampo and Konstantin Ponomarev will fight in a welterweight title eliminator after a recent purse bid issued by the IBF. 

Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank, which promotes Ponomarev, was the only bidder present at the IBF headquarters in Springfield, New Jersey, and offered $30,150. Zanfer Promotions, which represents Ocampo, did not enter a bid for the fight. 

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The fighters will split the winning bid, meaning each man would be due a purse of $15,075. Top Rank has 15 days to deliver signed contracts to the IBF with the fight having to take place within 90 days of the purse bid. Moretti told ESPN that the plan is for Top Rank to put the fight in late September or mid-October.

Ocampo winner of all eight fights since the start of 2015, is coming off a unanimous decision win back in January against Daniel Echeverria in Mexico. Ocampo is 21-0 with 12 KO and has been boxing professionally since 2012. 

The undefeated Ponomarev is a former WBC Youth Intercontinental and WBC Baltic welterweight title and also has won a fight already in 2017, a unanimous decision win over former WBC Latino and WBO interim Latino welterweight champion Ed Paredes on the Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz undercard in Madison Square Garden.

Errol Spence Jr., the current IBF welterweight champion, recently won the title off of Kell Brook back in May.


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