‘The Savage’ Will Be Heading To Poland After Polish Promoter Wins Babic vs Rozanksi Bids
Polish-based Andrew Wasilewski’s KnockOut Promotions surprisingly outbid Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing for the promotinal rights to the vacant WBC Bridgerweight title fight between Alen Babic (11-0, 10KOs) and Lukasz Rozanski (14-0, 13KOs).
Wasilewski’s company offered $425,000 for the contest between the Croatian fan-favourite and Polish prospect, a bid which was $75,000 higher than Matchroom’s $350,000. Per the WBC, the purse bid will be split 50-50 between the #1 contender Babic vs #3 ranked Rozanski.
10% of the total bid will be reserved to be paid as a bonus to the winner. The winner must also commit to two mandatory fights, as is the norm for any vacant WBC title fight. One of those will be the winner of a ordered clash between South Africa’s Kevin Lerena and Belgium’s Ryad Merhy.
No date/venue was provided for the clash but Babic vs Rozanski is expected to land in Rzeszow, Poland live on national sports channel, TVP Sport. No international TV is known at this time.
Babic outpointed Poland’s Adam Balski (16-1) back in May, making him the mandatory challenger for Oscar Rivas‘ WBC World Bridgerweight Title. Rozanski has notable wins over Artur Szpilka and Izuagbe Ugonoh both at heavyweight and both by stoppage, with the Szpilka contest ending inside a round.
Babic and Rozanski are unbeaten in a combined 25 contests with 23 of them ending inside the distance. Whilst you can criticise the necessity of the bridgerweight division, there can be no denying that Babic vs Rozanski on paper at least is a 50-50, explosive, unpredictable contest which will be ‘must-see TV’.