By Rick Reeno
The news hit last week that Gabriel Campillo (20-3, 7 KOs) withdrew from his fight with Thierry Karl, which was scheduled for the vacant EBU light heavyweight title on January 22 in Levallois, France. Sources in Spain have advised BoxingScene.com that Campillo will likely be involved in a fight for the WBA's vacant "regular" title at 175-pounds.
Beibut Shumenov, the current WBA champion, will face WBO champion Juergen Braehmer on January 8. The winner of their unification bout will become the WBA's "super champion," which is going to leave the "regular" title vacant. The WBA will order the two highest ranked contenders to fight for the vacant belt, which is Campillo, who is ranked at number one, and unbeaten former two division champion Zsolt Erdei (32-0, 17KOs) at number two.
If Erdei doesn't accept the fight, the WBA will go the down the list of available contenders within the top ten.
Erdei's adviser, Greg Leon, will evaluate the situation with his boxer - if the WBA hands down the order.
"Defeating Bernard Hopkins has been Zsolt Erdei's greatest desire from the day I met him. Now that it's clear Jean Pascal is fighting Chad Dawson next, we're going to exercise every effort to get the living legend in the ring with my undefeated star. Of course, if the WBA formally orders Erdei-Gabriel Campillo for the title, it would be an honor and we would have to weigh-out our options at that point in time," Leon told BoxingScene.com.