It has been announced that Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz (25-0-22KO) has signed with promoter Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, but the southpaw will again be searching for an opponent after it appears that Carlos Takam has bowed out of the contest.
With the bidding for the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight challenger between Alexander Povetkin and Bermane Stiverne taking place on Friday, there was another bid taking place at WBC agency offices in New York City.
The bid was for the secondary WBC Silver heavyweight title currently held by French fighter Johann Duhaupas and mandatory challenger for that title, Carlos Takam.
The bid between Russian boxer Povetkin and Haitian-born Canadian Stiverne was easily secured by Povetkin’s promoter Andrey Ryabinsky of World of Boxing.
Ryabinsky had effortlessly surpassed the other two bids by more than a million dollars with a winning bid of $3.165 million.
Don King, promoting Stiverne, had bid $2.1 million and Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger bidded $542,000.
The way this bout gets divided up money-wise is a 50-50 split between boxers – with $1,424,250 going to each fighter with the remaining 10 percent going towards the victor as a bonus, equating to an additional $316,500.
Pertaining to WBC rules, World of Boxing has 15 days to provide the date and location of the fight and 21 days to deliver signed contracts to the organisation.
The fight will most likely be taking place in Russia, with Don King reportedly wanting the fight held in Manilla, in the Philippines or Kinshasa, Congo, echoing the famous fights Muhammad Ali had in the 1970’s.
The Duhaupas-Takam bout was secured by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi for $235,000, with the fight purse being split 65-35% in favour of champion Duhaupas.
Cherchi told media outlets in France that the fight with Ortiz was too close to allow adequate training for the French-Cameroonian.
The bout with Duhaupas (34-3 21KOs) and Takam (33-3-1 25KOs) is likely to take place in December or early in 2017.
Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) and Stiverne (25-2-1-21KO) are competing for the WBC interim belt while main belt holder with the WBC Deontay Wilder (37-0-36KO) heals up from surgery on his right hand and right biceps after he suffered injuries in a knockout win over Chris Arreola on July 16 in his fourth defence.
Despite the injuries coming early in the contest, Wilder still managed to box with primarily his left jab to defeat Arreola.
Wilder, as a result of these injuries and surgery will be out of action until at least early 2017 and is ordered to fight the winner of the Povetkin-Stiverne bout upon his return.
Wilder has already defeated Stiverne in his bout which won him the title initially in Las Vegas in January 2015. Wilder had also scored a TKO victory against Duhaupas in one of his defences.
As regards Luis Ortiz, for the moment he will have to find another opponent to face him in Monte Carlo it seems.
It is unclear if he will still participate on the card or perhaps withdraw, as new promoter Hearn is eager to showcase his stable’s new talent in England.
An announcement on Ortiz’s opponent officially is expected to now come on Monday.
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