The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered the fight between the WBA Super Light Heavyweight Champion, Dmitry Bivol, and the number one challenger of the category, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez.
The pioneer organization sent the communication to each team on Monday, July 11, explaining that they will have 30 days to negotiate the fight, as established by the WBA rules. Said period expires next August 10.
Bivol’s champion period is conditioned to a term of 24 months and his last mandatory fight was on March 3, 2018, his next one was to be after March 2020. For that reason he must face Ramirez.
In case they do not reach an agreement in the given time period or any of the parties refused to do so, the WBA will have the right to call the fight a purse bid.
Bivol last defeated Saul Alvarez in his most recent fight, last May. The monarch defended his black and gold belt on that occasion to extend his reign.
Ramirez earned the right to be the official challenger after defeating Dominic Boesel also in May to move to the front of the line to face the champion.
The champion has a record of 20 wins, no losses and 11 knockouts, while the challenger has 44 wins and 30 knockouts.