Trevor Bryan and Mahmoud Charr have returned to each other’s main benches.
Hall of Fame promoter Don King has once again requested promotion rights for the postponed WBA “World” heavyweight title fight through a bid hearing. Don King Productions – represented by veteran boxing personality Tony Gonzalez – was the only bidder in Thursday’s Miami sale, submitting an offer of $1,000,101 to split equally between Bryan and Charr.
DKP is required to deposit a 25% deposit ($250,025.45) to secure the conditional rights to the tournament, with final contracts to be submitted no later than December 29 – 20 from the time of the bid hearing. The plans call for the duel to take place on January 29 — a year from the date of their previous failed attempt to settle the war. King lists potential locations of Warren, Ohio, Las Vegas and South Florida.
Presumably, the fight will be ended with a WBC cruiser belt showdown between Ilunga ‘Junior’ Makabu and mandatory challenger Thabiso Mchunu, which was previously announced to take place on this date. January 29 in Warren, Ohio.
Winner Bryan-Charr will enter the race for the WBA “Super” heavyweight title held by Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13KOs), who also holds the IBF, WBO and IBO belts. Usyk – the former and undisputed heavyweight king – has become the unified heavyweight player after his victory over Anthony Joshua in September. The two are currently in talks for a rematch, after which the winner will consider multiple missions including a final title fusion clash with the WBA “World” title.
Bryan (21-0, 15KOs) won the vacant sub-belt this past January 29, through strange circumstances.
The undefeated heavyweight from Schenectady, New York hasn’t played since a 4th round knockout with BJ Flores in August 2018 to claim the WBA “Interim” heavyweight belt. Bryan waited years for a shot on target against then-WBA “World” title winner Charr (32-4, 18KOs), with the match initially coming last May for a much larger payday. King won a bid hearing in March 2020, submitting a massive $2,000,000 offer to wage the fight.
The event was delayed first due to the pandemic and then the casual games played by King and the current state of his advertising agency. The WBA intervened late last year, requiring the bout to take place no later than January 29, 2021 to avoid default.
King opened the store behind closed doors at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. However, Charr – a Syrian strongman living in Cologne, Germany – was unable to leave his hometown due to not being able to secure a P1 tourist visa to attend the event in time. The matter became the subject of a messy lawsuit, although not before Charr was demoted to “Champion In Recess”, which allowed him to benefit from the next challenge for the vacated title. when available.
The development allowed King to replace Charr with lackluster former WBC titleholder Bermane Stiverne (25-5-1, 21KOs), whom Bryan passed twice on his way to his eleventh knockout atop an event DKP Pay-Per-View.
Bryan hasn’t been in combat since, while Charr has managed to end a 42-month period of inactivity. The 37-year-old heavyweight returned to the ring this past May, scoring in a second-round knockout against previously undefeated Christopher Lovejoy (20-1, 20KOs), a strong boxing legend in the world. track club Tijuana, who couldn’t stand it. maximum of Charr’s strength for over four minutes.
The players and dates suggest that history will have to repeat itself. However, the effort to reschedule the game comes at a time when the WBA has cleaned up its act. The sanctioning body has been actively working towards reducing the number of recognized boxers, although with the recognition that the heavyweight division will be the toughest task given the number of boxers getting into a title fight.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter @JakeNDaBox
https://www.boxingscene.com/trevor-bryan-manuel-charr-don-king-1000101-wins-purse-bid-rescheduled-wba-title-fight–162630 Trevor Bryan-Manuel Charr: Don King ($1,000,101) Wins bid chase for rescheduled WBA title match