Can Golden Boy Promotions and PBC come to an agreement for Gutierrez v Colbert?
In fight negotiations between two major boxing entities, oftentimes the conflict is both companies want to be able to host the fight on their respective network. The majority of the time, this prompts the sanctioning body to order a purse bid, granting the highest bidder to control of the promotional rights. This brings us to the WBA calling for a purse bid between WBA “regular” junior lightweight champion Roger “The Kid” Gutierrez (26-3-1, 20ko) and mandatory challenger Chris “PrimeTime” Colbert (16-0, 6ko).
Well, this should not come as a surprise to anyone considering this is Golden Boy Promotions and Premier Boxing Champions. It is not to say the two boxing entities have not made fights together. However, big fights with championship implications are more difficult to agree on terms for.
HOW DID WE GET HERE
Roger Gutierrez was able to kill two birds with one stone. In 2017, he was knocked out by Rene Alvarado. Then, after a long, hard road of fighting his way to the top, he defeated then WBA ‘regular’ champion Alvarado in a 2021 rematch. He would put this saga to rest by defeating his nemesis in a trilogy fight on August 14.
3kingsboxing.com 2020 Prospect of the Year Chris Colbert gained the mandatory position by defeating former WBA ‘super’ junior lightweight champion Jezzrel Corralez back in 2020. He would defend the interim status successfully twice before finally landing title shot. The WBA ordered him to fight the champion back on August 16.
A DEAL CAN STILL BE REACHED!
The deadline for both sides to agree expired on September 15. Looking to get this situation resolved, the WBA arranged for a purse bid to take place via zoom on Monday, September 27.
It still gives Golden Boy Promotions and PBC time to work out an agreement before the purse bid call. Fans can be hopeful of things working out should the last-second deal for Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter signal anything.
By: Garrisson Bland