By Hilmar Rojas
The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championship Committee ordered the match between WBA "regular" light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly and the WBA interim-light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol - to establish a mandatory challenger to WBA "super" champion Andre Ward.
Cleverly has been back in the light heavyweight ranks as a player since October 2016, when he defeated German boxer Juergen Braehmer in six rounds to capture the "regular" belt. His record is 30 wins, 3 losses and 16 knockouts.
According to rule 11, a champion has 120 days to perform a mandatory match and this term has already expired for the Welsh boxer.
For his part, Bivol won the interim title in May 2016, after winning by unanimous decision over Felix Valera and he's already defended his belt twice with impressive victories.
Both were duly notified and are aware that they have 30 days, beginning on July 27, 2017, to reach an agreement or the confrontation will be called to a purse bid.
Additionally, the WBA's Championships Committee has also ordered the fight between Claudio Marrero, the current inertim-WBA featherweight champion, and Puerto Rican puncher Jesus Rojas, who holds the WBA's number two ranking in the 126-pound division.
Marrero obtained his inter title on April 29, when he won by first-round knockout of Peruvian Carlos Zambrano. The victory helped him raise his record to 22 victories, one defeat and 16 knockouts.
For his part, Rojas is the current champion under the NABA at 126 pounds. He sports this belt since March 2016 when he defeated Kiun Evans of the United States by first-round knockout and has successfully defended the strap twice. His record is 25 wins, one loss, 2 draws and 18 knockouts.
Both were duly notified and are aware that they have 30 days, beginning July 26, 2017, to reach an agreement or the confrontation will be called to a purse bid.