The World Boxing Association (WBA) "Regular" Light Heavyweight Championship title was vacated after Badou Jack sent a letter to the organization this Saturday, September 23, in which he expressed his desire to give up the belt.
Jack thanked for the opportunity given by the WBA to fight for the title against Welshman Nathan Cleverly on August 28, when he defeated his rival by TKO in the fifth round.
Thus, the purse bids scheduled for Monday, September 25, between Badou Jack and mandatory challenger Dmitry Bivol of Russia were suspended. Bivol will now fight the highest rated available challenger for the title.
IN OTHER NEWS: Real Deal Sports and Entertainment, has canceled the Thursday, September 28 scheduled event at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel Expo Center.
“Due to some overwhelming and unresolved logistical issues we have regretfully decided to cancel our event in Louisville next Thursday, September 28,” said Eric Bentley, the Chief Operating Office of Real Deal Sports and Entertainment.
“On behalf of Real Deal Sports and Entertainment we extend our sincerest apologies to the fighters who were scheduled to compete and the fans who had purchased tickets.”
“Real Deal Sports and Entertainment worked extremely hard to produce a high quality show, but unfortunately had to cancel due to factors out of their control,” said Chad Miller, Commissioner of the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission.
“We look forward to seeing Real Deal Sports and Entertainment back in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the near future. Eric Bentley is a tireless worker who has worked extremely hard to try and provide high quality shows and fighters to boxing fans of Kentucky. The KWBC is also extremely excited to watch the career progression of Carlos Dixon.”
All tickets purchased for this event will be fully refunded at the point of purchase.