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Takam Will Take a Pass on Luis Ortiz, Focus on Duhaupas

By Reynaldo 'El Papi Chulo' Sanchez

At the WBC's official purse bid for Alexander Povetkin-Bermane Stiverne - which was held on Friday at the agency's offices in New York City - there was another purse bid which took place for the WBC Silver heavyweight title held by Johann Duhaupas - and mandatory challenger Carlos Takam.

The winning promoter was OPI2000, Salvatore and Christian Cherchi, with a bid of $235,000 dollars to secure the rights.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Cameroon-born Carlos Takam (33-3-1, 25 KOs) had agreed to fight against Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) on November 12 in Monte Carlo, Monaco as part of a card promoted by Matchroom's Eddie Hearn and broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK.

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Now it has become clear that the 35 years old Takam - who lost on points this past May against Joseph Parker in an IBF eliminator - will not participate in the show in Monte Carlo.

Cherchi told outlets in France that his boxer, and his team, felt the date against Ortiz was coming up too fast and they wouldn't have enough time to properly prepare for the contest. The fight with Duhaupas will be targeted for a date in December or early 2017. The split of the money for Takam vs. Duhaupas will be 65-35% in favor of the champion.

In an upset win earlier this year, Duhaupas (34-3, 21 KOs) won the vacant title in April in Helsinki, Finland, by stopping previously undefeated Finn Robert Helenius (23-1, 14 KOs) in the 6th round. Last year Duhaupas put in a solid effort, but was ultimatley knocked out by WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dmitry on 10-09-2016

Ortiz should be fighting for the vacant WBA title.

Comment by DramaShow on 10-09-2016

noone wants to fight the boogeyman

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 10-08-2016

[QUOTE=otrocubiche;17107625]Well, Ortiz decided to part ways with GB and sign with an obscure Miami promoter, he'll probably be fighting almost as much as gamboa and rigondeaux, he's becoming another example for cuban boxers on exactly how not to conduct business[/QUOTE]…

Comment by otrocubiche on 10-08-2016

Well, Ortiz decided to part ways with GB and sign with an obscure Miami promoter, he'll probably be fighting almost as much as gamboa and rigondeaux, he's becoming another example for cuban boxers on exactly how not to conduct business

Comment by DannYankee on 10-08-2016

Goddamn nobody wants to fk with it. Can't say I blame em tho that's just boxing nowadays for ya.

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