The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee reported that there has been changes in the purse bids announced for Monday, February 4th, as one more fight has been added and it will take place on Wednesday, February 6th, at the WBA offices located in Panama City at 11:00 am.
The bids that will place that day will be: Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla for the title lightweight title currently held by Lomachenko, Beibut Shumenov vs. Arsen Goulamirian for the cruiserweight title currently held by Shumenov, Daniel Roman vs. Murodjon Akhmadaliev for the super bantamweight title currently held by Roman and Trevor Bryan vs Jarrell Miller for the interim Heavyweight title currently held by Trevor Bryan.
The percentages of the auction will be distributed as follows: 75% for the champion and 25% for the challenger in the case of 135 and 122 pounds. While at 200 pounds the champion will have 55% and the challenger 45%, the heavyweight bid will be announced soon.
The minimum purse bid per weight class is the following: $200,000 for cruiserweight, $150,000 for lightweight, $120,000 for super bantamweight and $600,000 for interim heavyweight.
IN OTHER NEWS: On Friday 22nd February, Freddy “Pretty Boy” Kiwitt (14-2-KO8) will fight Paddy Gallagher (15-4-KO9) at York Hall for the vacant WBO European Welterweight title. A victory over “The Pat Man” will mark a satisfying end to a turbulent period for the Liberian-born German, now based in Forest Gate, London.
Problems with his previous management meant the Freddy spent much of last year in a state of limbo, and is now managing himself. He has a new training team and is coming in to the fight in February on the back of a third-round stoppage win against Frank Dodzi in Ghana on the 24th December, which puts him in line for the WBO African Super Welterweight title. But for now, his focus is firmly on his upcoming fight against Gallagher which he expects to be a good one for fans: “Everyone talks about his punching power but I’ve got a similar number of knockouts, so it should make for a really good fight.”
Freddy is now jointly trained by Lee Manuel Ossie and Mickey Cunningham and is currently training daily at Mickey’s gym MBox, in Forest Gate. “Everything’s going really well and it’s all truly a blessing. Now I am with a good team and, for me, this is a new beginning.” With a strong team behind him and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to climb the world rankings, Gallagher will have his hands full on the 22nd.