By Jake Donovan

Vasiliy Lomachenko has been given at least one more week to sort out details for his next title fight.

A purse bid hearing for the current unified lightweight titlist and his World Boxing Association (WBA) mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla has been postponed for a second straight week. The bout—initially ordered in January—was scheduled to go to bid on February 6 and again on Wednesday.

However, the WBA agreed to extend the deadline as two sides continue to work out details for either a head-on collision or a suitable alternative to appease all involved parties.

Representatives at Top Rank (Lomachenko’s promoter) and Matchroom Boxing (Crolla) have yet to respond to inquiries placed by BoxingScene.com seeking comment or clarification.

Ukraine’s Lomachenko (12-1, 9KOs) is currently penciled in for an April 12 title defense in Los Angeles. The two-time Olympic Gold and three-division titlist was originally planning a three-belt unification battle with Richard Commey, who was forced to bow out after sustaining an injury in a recent 2nd round knockout of Isa Chaniev earlier this month.

For now, it appears as if his only option would be England’s Crolla (34-6-3, 13KOs), a former WBA lightweight beltholder who has resurfaced back into the title picture.

The 32-year old heroic Brit—who valiantly returned to the ring in 2015 after recovering from a major head injury sustained after fending off two burglars—has seen every career title fight and eliminator having taken place in his hometown of Manchester, England, where he has fought in seven of his last eight starts.

However, there wasn’t any home cooking to be found in a widely disputed 12-round draw in his first fight with Darleys Perez in July ’15. Most observers believed that Crolla deserved the nod and the lightweight title, which he’d eventually obtain courtesy of a 5th round knockout in their rematch later that November.

Just one successful defense came of his reign, a 7th round stoppage of Ismael Barroso in May ’16 before dropping a close but clear decision to Jorge Linares in Sept. ’16. Their March ’17 rematch wasn’t anywhere nearly as competitive, with Crolla suffering a mid-fight knockdown and winning just two rounds on all three scorecards.

Three wins have followed, including a 12-round nod over Daud Yordan in their final eliminator last November. Despite his mandatory challenger status and intriguing backstory, Crolla doesn’t represent a significant challenge to Lomachenko perhaps anywhere outside of the United Kingdom.

It’s possible that he could slide into the reserved April 12 spot in Los Angeles, which would mark just his second stateside fight and first since Sept. ’11. The next few days will dictate whether those plans materialize or if the sanctioning body is once again forced to intervene.