A WBA super bantamweight title bout between Daniel Roman and Murodjon Akhmadaliev has a purse bid winner.
World of Boxing was the sole entity that won the bid in the WBA offices in Panama, meaning it has won the promotional rights to the fight. With a winning bid of $145,000, Roman, as the champion, is entitled to $105,000 of the winning bid while Akhmadaliev will get the remaining $35,000. Both entities have 20 days from July 2 to sign a fight deal.
Along with winning the bid, three fight dates were suggested by Oleg Igorevich Kovalchuk, who represented World of Boxing in the auction. The dates are as follows: September 14 in Los Angeles, September 21 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and September 28 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Although no announcement on the broadcast platform was made, given that all parties involved in the fight are involved with Matchroom Boxing and DAZN in some manner, the fight is more than likely landing on DAZN.
The fight had been ordered earlier this year, but with Roman facing TJ Doheny in a WBA/IBF super bantamweight title unification, the WBA announced the winner of the fight, Roman, will have to face Akhmadaliev next.
Roman once held the WBA’s secondary super bantamweight title back in 2017, but was elevated to sole world champion when Guillermo Rigondeaux was stripped of the WBA “Super” title after a loss to then-super featherweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko. Roman would go on to defend his new title three times before beating Doheny to unify the two bantamweight belts.
In the meantime, undefeated contender Brandon Figueroa would go on to win an interim title in April when he stopped Yonfrez Parejo after eight rounds. Figueroa is slated to fight Javier Nicolas Chacon on August 24 in the main event of an FS1-televised card from the Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, Texas.