Usyk-Lebedev WBA Bid Called, Usyk May Drop Title
Oleksandr Usyk’s reign as undisputed cruiserweight champion may end by his own hand after a purse bid announcement on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the WBA announced that Usyk has been ordered to a purse bid with “champion in recess” Denis Lebedev, that is set for March 28th at WBA headquarters in Panama City, Panama.
“The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee has scheduled the auction for the fight between the Super Cruiserweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk and challenger Denis Lebedev next Thursday, March 28th, at the offices of the Ocean Business Plaza, the Aquilino de la Guardia Avenue, in Panama City.”
Per Boxing Scene, all WBA registered promoters can participate for the process that must have a minimum bid for $400,000.
This may be a futile attempt as Usyk is looking to fight on May 18th for a DAZN card, but at heavyweight, and not the weight class he unified in the summer of 2018.
With his July 2018 win over Murat Gassiev, Usyk became the first undisputed champion of the four-belt era, and only the fifth fighter of any gender to hold all of the major championships within one division.
If Usyk does abdicate his WBA title, Lebedev will more than likely fight the most available challenger with the highest ranking.
Lebedev, a former WBA cruiserweight champion was granted the title of “champion in recess” which grants the nearly 40-year old fighter a title shot at a tiem of his choosing.