Murodjon Akhmadaliev will have more time to work out the terms for his next ordered title fight.
BoxingScene.com became aware that the IBF adjourned a previously scheduled wallet auction hearing to determine promotional rights for Akhmadaliev’s mandatory defense against Marlon Tapales. The session was scheduled for January 18 from IBF headquarters in Springfield, New Jersey, only to have both sides informed of the delay.
There is now at least a week left for the two sides to reach an agreement to avoid such a session, although the ruling contradicts the Tapales’ decision to take the matter out at the start of negotiations. Tapales and his team of promoters and managers — MP Promotion, Sanman Boxing, Shapiro Sports and Viva Promotion — are not interested in lengthy negotiations, as the Filipino candidate is eager to claim his title. .
A message left to IBF by BoxingScene.com seeking comment was not returned when it was published. However, the original letter calling for mandatory war left room for dispute.
The fight was originally ordered on January 4, although it is indicated that Akhmadaliev “won the Title on April 3, 2021. His mandatory defense was on or before January 3, 2021. 2022” in a letter to the Tapales team as well as Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, representing the defending title. The timeline is inaccurate, as Akhmadaliev (10-0, 7KOs) —and 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist for Uzbekistan — won the IBF and WBA titles in a twelve-round split decision match against Danny Roman on May 30. 1 2020.
The 27-year-old Uzbek Nampaw has since performed his IBF mandatory service with a fifth round knockout against Ryosuke Iwasa on April 3 last year in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Akhmadaliev faced mandatory WBA challenger Ronny Rios last November. Rios was forced to withdraw after testing positive for Covid, leaving Akhmadaliev to face Chile’s Jose Velasquez in a makeshift voluntary defense to save the day of the fight.
The WBA has since complicated itself by naming Azat Hovhannisyan as its mandatory opponent, while failing to rule on Rios’ current status. Former bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda also recently fought in a title elimination bout, though more for promotion than expecting a mandatory belt fight.
Now it seems that Akhmadaliev has to perform two mandatory title defense tasks.
Tapales (35-3, 18KOs) reached the title after a second-round knockout match against Hiroaki Teshigawara on December 11 last year at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The fight went with the luck of the IBF as the title remover, respecting such a request from the Tapales team. The win was his second in a row after a heartbreaking 11th round loss to Iwasa in their December 2019 title elimination.
Akhmadaliev successfully defended his unification title twice, with a victory over Velasquez eight days before the second division reunification battle. Stephen Fulton overcame Brandon Figueroa via majority decision in their stunning November 27 clash in Las Vegas, claiming the WBC lightweight featherweight belt while defending his first WBO title. won in January last year.
The current IBF order prevents Akhmadaliev and Tapales from entering an agreement for any other war. If the match is still headed for an auction next Tuesday or any time in the future, the minimum bid accepted under the IBF rules is $25,000 for a junior featherweight title fight. between a defending champion and a number one or number two contender. Bids must be accompanied by a $5,000 non-refundable deposit to be accepted. The winning bid will be split 65/35, with 65% in favor of Akhmadaliev as the defending champion.
If no one bids in the fight, a second wallet bid hearing will be called in accordance with IBF Rule 10A including wallet bidding procedures. If that session does not generate a unique contractor, the title may be left blank.
For now, all parties involved have at least seven more days to avoid that route.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
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