Wood-Conlan: WBA Grants Seven-Day Extension, Purse Bid Postponed

The groups for Leigh Wooden and Michael Conlan are again on the negotiating desk.

Talks for the aforementioned featherweight matchup have been granted a second extension by the World Boxing Affiliation (WBA), who introduced the cancellation of a handbag bid listening to scheduled for Monday. The 2 sides may have one other week to achieve a deal to keep away from a rescheduled purse bid, with all events concerned remaining assured {that a} struggle announcement will come from the extra granted time.

“The bidding for the struggle between Englishman Leigh Wooden and Irishman Michael Conlan for the World Boxing Affiliation (WBA) featherweight title, scheduled for Monday, October 11, has been postponed for 7 days on the request of the marketing corporations concerned within the negotiation,” Carlos Chavez, chairman of the WBA Championship Committee confirmed Monday. “Eddie Hearn, consultant of Matchroom Boxing [for Wood] and Carl Moretti, who represents Prime Rank [for Conlan], despatched an e mail requesting the extension to President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and the WBA Championships Committee.

“Each events expressed that they’re very shut to achieve an settlement for the 126 lbs. bout and that this week it is going to be finalized. Wooden will make the primary protection of his title in opposition to Conlan as a compulsory struggle. One other struggle that obeys the WBA world title discount plan and that has generated a whole lot of expectations among the many followers.”

Wooden (25-2, 15KOs) holds the WBA “World” featherweight title, successful the belt in a twelfth spherical knockout of Xu Can on July 31 in Brentwood, Essex, England. The feat got here six days previous to Conlan (16-0, 8KOs) successful the WBA “interim” featherweight belt in a 12-round, unanimous resolution win over TJ Doheny in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Eire.

Conlan’s reign lasted all of 19 days earlier than the WBA eliminated interim belts from circulation. The unbeaten featherweight—a two-time Olympian who claimed a Bronze medal throughout the 2012 London Olympics—was put in because the necessary challenger, with the secondary title struggle ordered three days later.

Ought to the struggle go to a handbag bid, Conlan shall be afforded the identical advantages that will have include interim title standing—particularly 45% of the successful purse bid quantity ought to the matter attain that time.

Monday’s extension was the second to be granted in lower than two weeks. The September 27 deadline got here and went with no deal in place, with further time requested just for the struggle to be despatched to a handbag bid listening to days later. A change of coronary heart from each camps has supplied optimism that phrases shall be finalized within the coming days.

The winner of Wooden-Conlan will turn into the necessary challenger to Santa Cruz who nonetheless holds the WBA “Tremendous” featherweight title. Santa Cruz (37-2-1, 19KOs) final defended the belt in a February 2019 win over late substitute Rafael Rivera. The four-division titlist has spent his final two fights at junior light-weight, most lately in a sixth-round knockout loss to Gervonta Davis final Halloween.

If Santa Cruz opts out of such a struggle or chooses to now not marketing campaign at featherweight, the WBA will be capable to acknowledge a single titlist by default.

Jake Donovan is a senior author for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox–161172 | Wooden-Conlan: WBA Grants Seven-Day Extension, Purse Bid Postponed

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