The World Boxing Association Championships Committee has ordered a purse bid to secure a match between the Japanese fighter and champion Ryota Murata and the American Robert Brant for the WBA middleweight title.
Murata his title after beating Hassan N’Dam, whom he defeated in seven rounds on October 22nd, 2017, in Japan. Subsequently, he made the first defense of his belt against the Italian Emanuele Felice Blandamura, a fighter whom he dispatched in the eighth round by technical knockout on April 14th, 2018, in Yokohama.
For his part, Brant occupies the number two spot of the WBA rankings at 160 pounds, below the Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who on September 15th will fight for the WBA Super Championship of the division against the Kazakh Gennady Golovkin. The American boxer has been the WBA-NABA champion of the middleweight division and in 24 fights he was defeated only by former world champion Juergen Braehmer. In 23 other fights he won them all, with16 of them having been knockouts.
The bid has a minimum of 200 thousand dollars and the purse will be distributed 50% for each boxer. The same will take place on March 13 in Panama City and will be directed by Aurelio Fiengo.