By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Championships Committee of the WBA carried out a purse bid this morning at Panama City for two world title fights. The purse bid was directed by WBA executives Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, Jose Oliver Gomez, Aurelio Fiengo and Miguel Prado.
The first purse bid was for the WBA lightweight title, between Paulus Moses and Miguel Acosta. Tony Gonzalez representing Don King Productions (DKP), submitted an offer of $151,000. No other bids were offered, so DKP won the bid. Per WBA rules, the champion will receive 55% of the purse and the challenger 45%. The minimum purse bid was $150,000. DKP offered Namibia, the USA and Germany as possible sites. The fight must take place in no less than 45 days and no more than 90 days.
The second bid was for the WBA cruiserweight title between champion Guillermo Jones and mandatory challenger Valery Brudov. Minimum bid was $200,000 (75% for the champion/25% for the challenger). Gonzalez (DKP), representing Jones, submitted a bid of $200,000. Sampson Lewkowicz, representing Brudov, also offered $200,000. A 30 minutes recess was taken for the WBA executive members to deliberate and make a decision on the tied bid. Aurelio Fiengo informed both parties that DKP was the winning bidder, since the deposit check submitted was certified in accordance with WBA rules. The deposit check submitted by Leckowicz was not a certified check.
During the recess, special guest 2004 Olympian and current WBA light heavyweight champion Biebut Shumenov received his brand new WBA belt from WBA Executive VP Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.