Michael Conlan's challenge for the WBA World Featherweight title is imminent after Matchroom Boxing secured the rights to the clash with champion Leigh Wood.

Conlan is mandatory challenger for the belt as his win over TJ Doheny last August won the interim title to move him to 16-0-0 in his professional career.

The WBA opened up purse bids for the fight this morning with Matchroom and Top Rank seen as the major players as the respective promoters.

Wood’s representatives Matchroom emerged as the success bidder according to their chief Eddie Hearn.

Wood was a surprise winner of the WBA belt after knocking out Can Xu in a dominant display in July.

Hearn had previously said New York and Belfast were possible locations for the fight, while Wood’s hometown of Nottingham is also very much in contention.

The fight is set to be broadcast on the DAZN network due to their partnership with Matchroom Boxing.

The WBA division also has a 'super’ champion – Leo Santa Cruz – which is an elevated position above the world belt.

The winner of the bout between Wood and Conlan - who has been managed by MTK Global, a sports management company linked to Daniel Kinahan - could go on to meet Santa Cruz, who had a win and a loss over the now retired Carl Frampton.