The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association (WBA) gave a period of 15 days to negotiate the fight between the WBA super featherweight champion, the Venezuelan Roger Gutierrez, and his official challenger, the Dominican Hector Garcia.
The entity sent the official communication to both fighters’ teams, which specifies that the period granted starts this Monday, June 27 and ends next July 12.
Gutierrez had a term of 9 months to face the mandatory challenger from the moment he won the title on January 2, 2021. This time expired on October 2 last year, so he must face Garcia immediately.
Rule C.13 Combat Limitations, states that the champion cannot fight a boxer who is not the official challenger within sixty (60) days after the expiration of the mandatory defense period.
Should the parties fail to reach an agreement or any of them show unwillingness to do so, the Committee shall have the full right to call a purse bid under the usual WBA parameters.