The World Boxing Association (WBA) on Saturday announced that the fight between the regular champion of the super featherweight class American Andrew Cancio and the mandatory challenger from Nicaragua, Rene Alvarado has been ordered.
The communication was sent to the team of the champion, as supported by rule 11 of Championships states that the champion must defend his title wi 120 days since he won it.
In the case of Cancio, he won his crown on February 9th, meaning he had to face Alvarado before June 9th, a time that has already expired.
The WBA Championships Committee has ordered the fight between world champion of the super featherweight division American Andrew Cancio and the mandatory challenger from Nicaragua, Rene Alvarado. https://t.co/lXio9wqUSu #WBAboxing pic.twitter.com/Egp0SbNsEL
— WBA Boxing (@WBABoxing) June 29, 2019
Cancio (21-4-2, 16 KO) is fresh off his stoppage of Alberto Machado on June 21st in Indo, California in the third round of their rematch to prove that the first match was not a fluke or an upset. Cancio had won the WBA title from Machado originally back in what was at the time an upset back in February.
Alvarado (31-8, 20 KO) is coming off a victory against 55 fight veteran Eusebio Osejo (30-22-3) where he had won in the seventh round by an unintentional headbutt causing a cut on Osejo’s eye. Alvarado is no stranger to big fights as he has won seven straight battles dating back to 2017 with the one of most significance against Denis Shafikov. He like a lot in the boxing community was surprised at the first upset knockout by Cancio back in February.
Rule C.13 of the WBA bylaws details that a champion cannot defend against a boxer who is not the mandatory challenger within 60 days after the expiration of the period for his necessary defense.
Based on the above, the WBA Championships Committee has given 30 days, from June 28th to carry out the negotiations and this period will expire on July 28th.
If an agreement is not reached in that time or one of the parties refuses to sign a contract, the Committee will have the right to call the fight to auction.