Oleksandr Usyk vs Daniel Dubois WBA Purse Bid Set for May 25 in Texas
In April 2023, the WBA officially ordered a bout between unified champion Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) and WBA Regular champion Daniel Dubois (19-1, 18 KOs). At the time, the WBA gave them a May 2 deadline to negotiate a fight. Here’s the latest on that development.
Gilberto Medoza, president of the WBA, told 3kingsboxing.com that a May 25 purse bid is in order for Usyk and Dubois. This was because the two camps could not agree to a deal by the initial deadline. The purse bid will take place in Houston, Texas. According to sanctioning rules, Usyk would receive seventy-five percent of the purse split. Dubois will receive twenty-five percent.
Usyk – Dubois was first under discussion when negotiations began to break down for an April 29 unification contest between the unified champion and WBC champion Tyson Fury. There were questions about the health of Dubois following a third-round stoppage of Kevin Lerena in December 2022. In that contest, Dubois suffered an ACL injury.
As a result of the injury, Dubois suffered in his fight against Lerena. There were questions about whether he would be physically fit to fight Usyk. The WBA asked for a report on Dubois’s injury in March 2023. It was determined that Dubois was in good health.
The Regular champion has undergone extensive rehab and insists that he’s ready. Dubois is so confident that he has gone on record predicting that he will stop Usyk.
Now the question becomes: when will they fight? The expectation is for the bout to occur some time in the summer. Stay tuned to 3kingsboxing.com for additional updates..