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.
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.