WBA Schedules Purse Bid For Michel Soro Vs. Israil Madrimov Eliminator
Jermell Charlo, the unified super welterweight champion, will soon have his third mandatory challenger finalized after the WBA fixed a September 20th purse bid for a final eliminator between Michel Soro and Israil Madrimov.
Charlo already has two mandatory challengers waiting to settle the scores: Erickson Lubin (WBC) and Bakhram Murtazaliev (IBF).
As for France’s Soro (35-2, 24 KO), the mandatory status was achieved back in 2018 when he defeated Greg Vendetti in only the second round.
This set him up for a fight that he had been eyeing for a long time — a rematch Brian Castano. Soro was last beaten by Castano and he wanted to avenge the loss after Castano had just defended his “world” title by drawing with Erislandy Lara.
But Castano chose to vacate his crown, citing his promoter’s negligence in signing off on VADA testing. This happened after The Frenchman’s team won the purse bid.
Soro was then set up to box Magomed Kurbanov, but the latter pulled out to keep himself busy in showdowns against Anderson Prestot and Cedric Vitu.
When it comes down to the Soro-Madrimov super fight, the Frenchman rises as the firm favorite as his dominance inside the ring for nearly a decade speaks volumes of his experience and grit.