At the start of the week we were expecting to see Amnat Ruenroeng (11-0, 5) preparing to face the then IBF Flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (29-2, 20) and we were also expecting to hear about Rocky Fuentes (35-6-2, 20) traveling to Puerto Rico ahead of a fight with McWilliams Arroyo (14-1, 12).
As the week has gone on however we've found out that neither of those bouts are going to take place.
Firstly we found out that Mthalane was going to vacate his title instead of traveling to Thailand for the fight with Amnat. In terms of money the move made a lot of sense for Mthalane who was set to get very little money for defending his belt on the road, though it did leave Amnat with out an opponent and wondering if he'd get his chance.
More recently we found out that Fuentes had been having problems entering Puerto Rico. Apparently visa issues were seriously threatening that contest and at the end of the day it seemed unlikely that the local authorities would allow Fuentes into the country.
What could have been a disappointing few days for both men, has actually turned in to a great thing for both. Instead of neither man fighting they will instead meet, next week, in a bout for the IBF Flyweight title.
The IBF, making a smart move, have decided to let the men fight on January 22nd, the originally scheduled date of Amnat's bout with Mthalane witht he vacant IBF title up for grabs. The only condition they've put on the bout however is that the winner will have to fight Romanian Silvio Olteanu in their first defense.
Incidentally it was a bout between Mthalane and Olteanu falling through last year that actually opened the door to Amnat getting a bout with Mthalane.
For once we want to applaud a sanctioning body for doing the right thing and helping boxing fans get a bout that they deserve.