The WBA on Wednesday ordered three purse bids for mandatory title bouts, all of which are scheduled to take place on Aug. 15 at its offices in Panama City, Panama -- unless the sides make a deal ahead of time.
At heavyweight, the mandatory fight between interim titlist Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) and Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) had already been agreed to. However, Golden Boy, Ortiz’s promoter, said Ortiz backed out in an effort to get more money. So even though the fight has been dropped from the Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith undercard on Sept. 17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, it figures to be rescheduled following the purse bid.
The minimum bid is $600,000 with Ortiz entitled to 60 percent, meaning he would earn at least $360,000, and Ustinov entitled to 40 percent (at least $240,000).
At junior middleweight, titleholder Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) is due to face former titlist Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs). The minimum bid is $150,000 with Culcay entitled to 75 percent, meaning he would earn at least $112,500, and Andrade getting 25 percent of the winning bid (at least $37,500).
Andrade is slated to return on Showtime in October, according to co-promoter Artie Pelullo, and Culcay could be his opponent.
At bantamweight, so-called “super” titleholder Rau’shee Warren (14-1, 4 KOs) has been ordered to face “regular” titlist Jamie McDonnell (28-2-1, 13 KOs). The minimum bid required is $120,000. Warren would get 75 percent, meaning at least $90,000, with McDonnell getting 25 percent, meaning at least $30,000.