WBA Guarantees Frank Warren a Title Shot At Oleksandr Usyk
The WBA ordering of unified champion Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13KO) and WBA ‘regular’ champion Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois (18-1, 17KO) bodes well for Queensberry Promotions head honcho Frank Warren.
According to the WBA Championship Committee, the unified champion’s time frame to fight a mandatory challenger has expired and is long overdue.
“Usyk’s period to make his fight mandatory is 12 months, and the Ukrainian monarch won the title last September 25, 2021. That means that his period expired this September 24, 2022, and now he must fight Dubois in defense of his black and gold belt”World Boxing Association
The organization is giving the teams until January 30 to reach an agreement to avoid having a purse bid ordered. If the goal is to make the undisputed showdown between Usyk and WBC champion Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24KO), this will undoubtedly expedite the process.
During a recent interview with Talksport, Uysk’s manager, Egis Klimas, claimed that the fight negotiations were almost done. Furthermore, he named the target date and location to potentially be possibly March 4 and Saudi Arabia, respectively.
FRANK WARREN CAN’T LOSE
Warren, who promotes Fury and Dubois, is the biggest winner in this situation. Although, he has expressed that making the undisputed showdown is the top priority. Yet, Dubois as a backup plan is a good secondary option for the British promoter. If Dubois wins the titles, then it would be an all-British affair with Fury vs Dubois for all the marbles.
Dubois captured the title after plowing over Trevor Bryant in four quick rounds. On December 3, Dubois had to overcome adversity after tasting the canvas three times in the first round to score a sensational third-round stoppage over Kevin Lerena.
It is a known fact that undisputed trumps any mandatory. Therefore, the boxing community demands a deal get done to avoid any more interruptions.
3Kings Boxing will continue to monitor this situation and provide any further updates.
By: Bo Bland