Matchroom wins Soro-Madrimov purse bid, targets Dec. 11


Salvador Rodriguez brings word that Matchroom Boxing, promoter of Israil Madrimov, won today’s purse bid for their charge’s ordered eliminator against “gold” champion Michel Soro with a $245,000 offer. They intend to stage the fight on December 11th in either the U.S. or Ukraine.

Why Ukraine for a fight between an Uzbek and a Frenchman? Don’t ask me; Oleksandr Usyk is Matchroom’s only major Ukrainian fighter and he’s, well, otherwise occupied at the moment.

Geographic silliness aside, it’s a quality matchup between skilled super welterweights in need of a big win. Soro (35-2, 24 KO) has been something of a big fish in a small pond despite his obvious abilities, while Madrimov (7-0, 5 KO) is in a put-up-or-shut-up situation after failing to impress in his most recent bouts. Whoever wins will (eventually) be in line to fight Jermell Charlo, and this fight should tell us a lot about their respective chances at championship glory.

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