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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Bids set for Stieglitz, Burns fights

By Dan Rafael

The WBO has scheduled two purse bids for a pair of world title bouts -- the rubber match between super middleweight titlist Robert Stieglitz and Arthur Abraham and lightweight titleholder Ricky Burns' mandatory defense against Terence Crawford.

The sides could make deals for the fights before the purse bid, but in the event that they don't -- and they probably won't -- Stieglitz-Abraham III goes up for auction on Sunday at a purse bid in Budapest, Hungary. Minimum bid is $300,000.

The auction for the promotional rights to Burns-Crawford will take place Monday at the WBO offices in San Juan. The minimum offer for that fight is $150,000.