The WBA Championships Committee has officially ordered the mandatory fight between their super bantamweight champion, Murodjon Akhmadaliev from Uzbekistan, and the mandatory challenger, Ronny Rios from the United States.
The WBA's committee sent an official communication to both teams, who are now aware of the mandatory fight.
The period for Akhmadaliev’s mandatory defense expired on January 29th, but the WBA allowed him to make the mandatory defense of his IBF title. The IBF had ordered him to face their mandatory challenger, Ryosuke Iwasa, of Japan.
Akhmadaliev retained both titles when he stopped Iwasa on April 3rd.
According to the WBA's rule C.13, Bout Limitations - "the champion cannot fight a boxer who is not the official challenger within 60 days after the expiration of the mandatory defense period."
Accordingly, the WBC's committee granted a period of 30 days for negotiations - and the clock began on April 6th. This period will end on May 6th, 2021 (- 5 GMT).
In the event both parties fail to reach an agreement or there is unwillingness by either of the fighters or any of their representatives, the WBA's committee may send the contest to purse bids - where both parties, and others, will bid for the promotional rights of the fight.