The fight between junior welterweight world titleholder Maurice Hooker and mandatory challenger Alex Saucedo is headed for a purse bid, which comes as no surprise, after Hooker’s promoters, Dino Duva of Roc Nation Sports and Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, and Saucedo promoter Top Rank, failed to make a deal. On Tuesday, the WBO scheduled the purse bid for Aug. 14 at its offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Minimum bid is $150,000 with Hooker entitled to 75 percent of the winning offer and Saucedo 25 percent. Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KOs), 29, of Dallas, won a split decision over former lightweight world titlist Terry Flanagan to claim the vacant 140-pound belt in Flanagan's hometown of Manchester, England, on June 9. Saucedo (28-0, 18 KOs), 24, of Oklahoma City, stopped Lenny Zappavigna in the seventh round in an all-out slugfest on June 30 to ensure his title opportunity. Should the Hooker side win the fight will go on one of Hearn’s DAZN cards. Should Top Rank win it will go on ESPN.

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer76d ago