“High-Stakes Showdown: Kholmatov vs. Ford Featherweight Title Fight Heads to Purse BidMonths of anticipation lead to a purse bid for the vacant WBA featherweight title clash between Otabek Kholmatov and Raymond Ford.

Unable to reach an agreement during the 30-day negotiation period, the bout is set for a decisive bid on November 27 via Zoom, hosted by the WBA’s Houston office.

With both boxers entitled to 50 percent of the winning bid, these top contenders aim to fill the void left by two-time title claimant Leigh Wood. Kholmatov, fresh from a knockout victory in March, faces Ford, a southpaw with an impressive 14-0-1 record, eyeing his first one-fight campaign as a pro.

The winner, poised to defend the WBA featherweight title, may soon face a mandatory challenge, as the WBA orders a title eliminator to determine the next number-one contender.”


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