Demetrius Andrade And Janibek Alimkhanuly Head To Purse Bid In January
WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade and No. 2 ranked challenger Janibek Alimkhanuly could not reach an agreement.
The WBO has officially announced a purse bid scheduled for January 15, 2022 since neither representative from Andrade’s Matchroom and Alimkhanuly’s Top Rank could negotiate terms.
Any promoter that’s registered and “in good standing with the WBO” could submit a proposal to promote the fight as part of a sealed bid process, which includes:
- WBO regulations set the split at 75/25 in favor of Andrade, unless the winner of the purse bid elects to hold the fight in Alimkhanuly’s native country of Kazakhstan. In that case, Andrade would take 80% of the purse and Alimkhanuly would get 20%.
- Minimum bid for the fight is $200,000.
- Terms of the process also require the bout be held within 90 days of winning the bid. Under that rule, if the purse bid is resolved on the currently scheduled day and time, the latest allowable date for the fight would be Friday, April 15th.
- If Andrade refuses to fight Alimkhanuly, the WBO could declare the belt vacant or order an interim title bout without him.
Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) was last in action when he knocked out Jason Quigley on November 19. Meanwhile, Alimkhanuly (11-0, 7 KOs) was featured on the Terence Crawford versus Shawn Porter undercard where he stopped Hassan N’Dam in eight rounds.