On August 9th, the World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee called for a purse bid to be held on Monday, August 21st, 2017, for the rematch between British Jamie McDonnell and Venezuelan Liborio Solis - who will battle for the bantamweight title.
The WBA ordered both parties to negotiate on January 31st, 2017 and granted them 30 days to reach an agreement according to Championships Rule C36.
However, at the beginning of July, they informed the Championships Committee that they had reached an agreement and the first call for purse bids, agreed for July 3rd, was suspended.
Nevertheless, they were not able to implement their agreement and the WBA issued, on August 9th, a second call to purse bids. The division minimum amount is 120 thousand dollars. The distribution will be 75% for the champion and 25% for the challenger.
McDonnell and Solis first fought for the WBA bantamweight title in December 2016, when the British boxer won by unanimous decision - with scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 117-111.
The result was considered controversial by many and the Championships Committee approved the direct rematch request made by Solis’ team.
Both parties were duly notified. The purse bids will take place at the WBA office located in Panama City, Panama, and will be directed by Panamanian Aurelio Fiengo, Directorate member.
IN OTHER NEWS: Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, President of the World Boxing Association (WBA), said he will investigate what happened to Dominican boxer Geysi Lorenzo, who died on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 after a fight.
This was stated on Tuesday, August 8th, in Panama, during a press conference.
The Dominican press, specifically Listin Diario,in a note signed by journalist Yoel Adames, reports that “in the middle of July (…) was hit by a vehicle on the 6 de Noviembre highway”. Later, the article quotes boxing trainer Carlos Wilson, who stated: “He fought on July 26th, where he was battered by prospect Geraldo Valdez, and three days later he was injured by another young man, Jeffry Castillo, in La Romana, where he got hit in the head, had to go to the hospital and look what happened”.
“It really hurt me to see what is happening with Geysi Lorenzo’s case, it could not be prevented and that is very bad. We have to put a stop to these things. We will make the corresponding investigations and, if it is the case, there must be sanctions. We have to make a call on the Dominican Republic Commission, because if it allows this, then it is damaging the health of the athletes, which is above all, and the sport in general”, said the WBA President.
For the WBA, the life of a boxer is above anything and it must be looked after. For this reason, the organization will make the respective investigations and, if it is the case, it will apply the corresponding sanctions.