According to reports, the hearing will take place on May 25th, 2023, in Houston. The two sides had been given a 30-day window on March 20th, 2023, to agree to a bout.
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Despite expectations that an agreement would be made, the WBA has now taken matters into their hands. Garcia secured the WBA title by winning a decision against Roger Gutierrez last year.
Meanwhile, Roach beat Angel Rodriguez in the WBA final eliminator, making him the mandatory. It is alleged that Garcia will receive a 75 split by virtue of being a champion.
And interested sides must submit a $5,000 non-refundable fee, while the winner will also be required to submit a ten percent deposit.