Raeese Aleem and his team informed the World Boxing Association (WBA) that the American will step into the ring on November 27 to fight Eduardo Baez and will not fulfill his eliminator fight against Azat Hovhannisyan, so he will be named mandatory challenger of the super bantamweight in the publication of the next ranking.
Last Friday, the purse bid for the fight between Aleem and Hovhannisyan took place, in which Golden Boy won the promotional rights of the fight fight, which was scheduled for next December or January. However, Aleem informed the pioneer body that he would not comply, so Hovhannisyan will be named mandatory challenger soon.
The Armenian will get his title shot against Murodjon Akhmadaliev (current champion), or whoever the champion is at the time the mandatory arrives, according to WBA rules and his team has already been informed about the decision of the Championships Committee.
The WBA has been reviewing division by division with the intention of reducing the world titles in a plan that started about three months ago and has been progressing at a good pace.