Teiken wins Ryosuke Iwasa-Sergio Perales purse bid
Teiken Promotions won Tuesday’s purse bid to promote an IBF bantamweight eliminator between Ryosuke Iwasa and Sergio Perales for the right to face titleholder Randy Caballero.
Teiken bid $72,100, 60 percent of which ($43, 260) goes to Iwasa, with 40 percent ($28, 840) going to Perales, according to IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker.
“We have to have the contracts within the next two weeks, so I didn’t get anything yet,” said Tucker. “But I’m 99 percent sure that the fight is going to happen in Japan, I just don’t know the date.”
A southpaw from Kashiwa, Japan, Iwasa (18-1, 11 knockouts) has won 10 straight fights, five of them by knockout since being stopped in the 10th round by RING No. 1-rated WBC titleholder Shinsuke Yamanaka in March 2011. Iwasa, 24, was last in action for September’s second-round knockout of journeyman Rommy Wasser.
A 27-year-old from Brownsville, Texas, Perales (24-2, 16 KOs) is 4-2 with four knockouts over the course of his past six fights. Also a left-hander, Perales, 27, was stopped in the second round by Caril Herrera in September 2011, and lost by unanimous decision to Stuart Hall in May 2013.
The 24-year-old Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) earned the title with a hard-fought unanimous decision over Hall in October.