By Rick Reeno
An agreement is nearly in place for Ajose Olusegun (30-0, 14KOs) to step aside in order for Danny Garcia (23-0, 14KOs) to defend his WBC 140-pound title against former champion Amir Khan (26-2, 18KOs) in an HBO televised main event on July 14th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Ajose won a WBC eliminator in September of last year. At their annual convention, which took place in December, the WBC ordered the winner of Erik Morales-Danny Garcia to face Ajose next. The fight took place in March and before the two boxers even stepped in the ring, Morales vacated the belt after failing to make weight. It made no difference as Garcia captured the vacant title by winning a twelve round decision over Morales.
The WBC scheduled a purse bid date of May 18th for Garcia-Ajose. The date was then pushed back to June 1. The purse bid was then canceled to allow a deal to get worked out between the camps of Ajose and Garcia.
Mauricio Sulaiman, the Executive Secretary of the World Boxing Council, advised BoxingScene.com that his organization is planning to hold a vote - if Garcia and Ajose are unable to reach an agreement. The vote is related to the sanctioning organization's approval of a Garcia-Khan clash.
"We are waiting to see if they reach an agreement or not. On Monday we will be getting the final response from both sides," Sulaiman said to BoxingScene.com.
Damien Ramirez, the manager of Ajose, told BoxingScene that his fighter, sitting on the sidelines since September, is likely going to accept a step-aside deal because he doesn't expect the WBC to rule in their favor - and if Garcia pulls off the upset, Ramirez is not confident that the WBC will force their champion to fight Ajose next.
"We've got no choice but to make a deal. At the end of the day, there shouldn't be no voting board. This man was supposed to fight [Erik] Morales. They guarantee Ajose is next. Then Morales fights Cano. They guarantee Ajose is next. They allow Morales to fight Garcia. Then after that they guarantee he's going to fight the winner. Now you're telling me the WBC has to vote? Vote for what? This man is the mandatory. If Garcia wants to fight Khan, go fight him. Khan is the name. At the end of the day Khan is selling that fight. Nobody knows Danny Garcia. Just like you're right, nobody knows who Ajose is - but at the end of the day it's not about who knows or doesn't know who he is," Ramirez told BoxingScene.com.
"Garcia, he got a title fight. His promoter did a good job. Now Garcia wins and they got him another big fight, they did their job. Golden Boy did their job. As the promoter to that kid, they are doing their job. The WBC is not doing their job by allowing it to be a title fight. There is nothing wrong with what Golden Boy is doing. They are doing their job as the promoter, but what the WBC is doing to this kid is not right."
"At the end of the day, when Khan wins, which he will win, Khan is moving up to 147. What happens then? The title becomes vacant anyway. If Garcia does win, there is going to be another excuse on why he shouldn't fight Ajose."