the realm Boxing association (WBA) Championships Committee has ordered a cruiserweight title combat between their “commonplace” champion Beibut Shumenov and challenger Ryad Merhy.
through a statement issued out on Monday, November 30th, each parties were suggested that based on the WBA’s Championships Rule 11, the champion must safeguard the title in opposition t the reputable contender every nine months (9) from the date he became the champion.
Shumenov has been champion when you consider that July 7th, 2018 and his obligatory protection should have taken area on April sixth, 2019 and it’s late for more than a yr. That’s why he have to instantly face Merhy, who’s the period in-between champion and consequently the official challenger.
The WBA’s Rule C.13, on bout barriers, facets that the champion may additionally not combat a boxer who is not the legitimate challenger inside sixty (60) days of the expiration of the mandatory protection period.
below the guidelines, the WBA’s committee ordered a length of 30 days to finalize the negotiations of the battle between Shumenov and Merhy – beginning on December 1st – and that duration will end on December 31, 2020.
If no contract is reached or should still either celebration refuses to signal the contract, the WBA’s Championships Committee may additionally open the combat to purse bids.
Shumenov (18-2, 12 KOs) has now not fought when you consider that July of 2018, when he picked up a stoppage win over Hizni Altunkaya – and that changed into his first combat in over two years.
The 29-yr-old Merhy (29-1, 24 KOs) turned into in motion lower back in October, when he knocked out undefeated Imre Szello.