- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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There were three IBF purse bids scheduled this week, two for title elimination bouts and one for a world title fight. Here's what happened:
• Promoter Gary Shaw, the only bidder, won the purse bid on Tuesday for the middleweight elimination fight between Eamonn O'Kane (14-1-1, 5 KOs) and Tureano Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs), who are due to meet to become the mandatory challenger for titleholder David Lemieux (or Gennady Golovkin, should Golovkin defeat Lemieux in their Oct. 17 unification fight).
Shaw, Johnson's promoter, bid $12,500 and has 90 days to put on the fight. O'Kane, as the higher rated fighter, is entitled to 60 percent of the winning bid ($7,500) and Johnson is entitled to 40 percent ($5,000), although Shaw said he would consider paying Johnson more if they can work out a deal between them.
"O'Kane accepted his purse. I've been dealing through his attorney," Shaw said. "Now I need to talk to Tureano."
Shaw said the O'Kane side offered him $40,000 for the fight, but Johnson turned down his portion of that offer.
"So I went to the purse bid and nobody else was there and presented my smaller bid," Shaw said. "I had more than one envelope. The minimum bid was only $1,000. I don't expect Tureano to fight for $5,000, but I don't know what his numbers are. He thinks he has tremendous value. He will be valuable and maybe he is to other promoters, but right now he can't sell any tickets and we don't have TV, so I can't book him anywhere and make up the deficit on the gate. If he takes this fight and wins, he will get a much bigger world title fight."
Shaw said he is open to making a deal with K2 Promotions and Golden Boy to put the fight on the Golovkin-Lemieux HBO PPV undercard.
"It would be a very affordable fight for that card and help build up a future opponent for the winner to fight," Shaw said.
• Thursday's purse bid for the bantamweight mandatory defense between titleholder Randy Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs), who is coming off foot surgery, and interim titlist Lee Haskins (32-3, 14 KOs) was canceled when the sides worked out a deal. Robert Diaz, matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions, which promotes Caballero, said they were working on where and when to put on the fight. They have 90 days to put it on. As for Caballero, Diaz said he is ready to return from his injury, which paved the way for Haskins to win the interim belt by sixth-round knockout of Ryosuke Iwasa on June 13. "[Caballero] is good and anxious to get back in the ring," Diaz said.
• There were no bidders at Tuesday's auction for the promotional rights to the final junior flyweight eliminator between Jonathan Taconing (21-2-1, 18 KOs) and Saul Juarez (21-4, 12 KOs), who are supposed to meet for the right to become the mandatory challenger to Javier Mendoza. The IBF will call for another purse bid and if nobody bids it will move on to its next leading available contenders to fight in the eliminator.