Arsen Goulamirian is set for his first title defense since the pandemic.
The unbeaten WBA cruiserweight titlist will next face mandatory challenger Aleksei Egorov in a bout targeted for November. The matchup was the subject of a purse bid hearing, which was won by Russia’s World of Boxing with a bid of $210,000 as the only participant for Monday’s session.
World of Boxing—represented by Maksim Mikhaylov at the hearing—secured the rights to the fight with the accepted bid, which was accompanied by a non-refundable deposit of $21,000—ten percent of the submitted amount.
The $210,000 purse amount will be split 65/35 in Goulamirian’s favor as the defending champion, leaving the unbeaten Armenia-born boxer with a $136,500 payday. The remaining 35% percent—$73,500—will go to Russia’s Egorov (11-0, 7KOs) as the mandatory challenger and WBA “Gold” titlist.
The targeted dates for the fight are November 6 in either Moscow, Russia or Paris, France, or November 20 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Goulamirian (26-0, 18KOs) has not fought since December 2019, when he scored a ninth-round knockout of unbeaten Constantin Bejenaru in Marseille, France. The entirety of Goulamirian’s career has taken place in France and Belgium since his May 2011 pro debut.
Egorov has been out of the ring since outpointing Vasil Ducar in an attempted stay-busy fight last March in Kazan, Russia. The 30-year-old from Obninsk, Russia claimed the “Gold” title following a third-round knockout of Roman Golovashchenko in June 2019. He was officially declared as the mandatory challenger to Goulamirian’s title earlier this year, with the fight first ordered on February 12. The round of talks originally carried a March 13 deadline to reach terms. Events didn’t quite work out that way, though with the WBA coming back around to order a purse bid earlier this month.
Per WBA purse bid terms, World of Boxing has twenty days to submit signed contracts with both participants along with a finalized date and location.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox