King Sports World, the promoter of former WBO middleweight beltholder Hassan N’Dam, out-bid Main Events on Monday for the right to promote an IBF middleweight eliminator between Curtis Stevens and Hassan N’Dam, according to an e-mail from IBF Championships Chairman Lindsay Tucker.
King Sports World, a new Los Angeles-based company headed up by TV mogul Micheal King, has 90 days to put on the fight. The winner of the title elimination bout will be the mandatory challenger to current IBF beltholder Sam Soliman.
King, who represents N’Dam, put forth $80,000.00 t $62,000 for Main Events, whose CEO is Kathy Duva and which represents Stevens. Stevens is entitled to 60 percent to 40 for N’Dam, according to Tucker.
Stevens (27-4, 20 knockouts), of Brooklyn, N.Y., was last in action for April’s 10th-round knockout of Tureano Johnson, representing his second consecutive stoppage victory since, himself, being knocked out in the eighth round by WBA beltholder Gennady Golovkin in November.
N’Dam (30-1, 18 KOs), of France, will be after his third straight victory since falling to WBO titleholder Peter Quillin, who floored him six times during a unanimous decision win in October 2012. N’Dam is coming off a unanimous decision over Fulgencio Z├║├▒iga in April.
In May, Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs), of Australia, dethroned Felix Sturm by unanimous decision for the IBF belt, defeating the German fighter for the second time in 15 months.
Sturm also lost a unanimous decision to Soliman last February, but the result became a no-contest after Soliman tested positive for a banned substance.