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Eleider Alvarez-Gilberto Ramirez heads to February 20th purse bid

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The fight is a semifinal eliminator for the vacant WBO title

Sergey Kovalev v Eleider Alvarez Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

The WBO light heavyweight eliminator between former champion Eleider Alvarez and former super middleweight titlist Gilberto Ramirez is headed to a purse bid after the two sides failed to come to terms. The bid is set for February 20th, with either a 50/50 split or a 60/40 (in favor of the visitor) if the fight takes place on one fighter’s home turf.

No word yet as to how negotiations fare in the other ordered semifinal between Umar Salamov and Maxim Vlasov.

What makes this development interesting is that Ramirez (40-0, 26 KO) is currently trying to buy out his contract with Top Rank, which might leave Arum and co. ill-inclined to invest heavily in this matchup. I’ve got even money that they wind up locking horns in Montreal’s Bell Centre, which has hosted Alvarez (25-1, 13 KO) 14 times.

Regardless of where it ends up, it’s an excellent fight. Ramirez had a strong if not terribly challenging run at 168 but still needs to prove he can hang with light heavyweights better than Tommy Karpency, while Alvarez has seemingly picked up a mean streak that’s led to three knockouts in his last five fights. Knuckle up and put it together, guys.