Mexican promotional outfit "Canelo Promociones" have won the purse bid for the WBC Light Flyweight eliminator between Pedro Guevara (21-1-1, 14) and Ganigan Lopez (24-5, 15). The Mexican fighters, who both beat Mario Rodriguez in 2013, are set to fight in a battle to decide who has the right to fight the winner of the upcoming WBC world title fight.
Usually we wouldn't report on this story, however with Naoya Inoue (5-0, 4) fighting Adrian Hernandez (29-2-1, 18) for the world title it could well decide Inoue's next opponent.
Of the two fighters Guevara, the WBC #1, WBO #2 and IBF #4, is the higher rated, though only marginally with Lopez ranked #2 by the WBC and #3 by the WBO.
Both men are known to Asian fans, specifically Filipino fans. This is because Guevara has failed in an IBF Light Flyweight title challenge Johnriel Casimero in 2012 whilst Lopez holds a recent victory over Mateo Handig and was stopped by Denver Cuello, also in 2012. With Cuello's victory over Lopez however we'd favour Guevara to come out on top though it's a very tough bout to call.
No date or venue has been set so far for this clash though we're expecting it will be in Mexico at the end of spring or the start of Summer. By that point both men will know who they will face if they win.
Of the two men neither is an easy man to beat and both will feel confident of beating either Hernandez or Inoue and they could well be a baptism of fire for Inoue if he can take the title from Hernandez on April 6th.
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