Back in December we hinted at the possibility of a bout between Thailand's Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (23-3-1, 21), the WBC Super Flyweight champion, and unbeaten Mexican Carlos Cuadras (29-0, 24), the #1 ranked WBC challenger. It now seems that that bout has taken a real step towards happening in 2014 as the WBC have ordered negotiations for the contest to begin.
The WBC have given the two parties 30 days to come to an agreement before they will order purse bids. If they cannot reach an agreement then purse bids will be called by the WBC on February 7th.
For Cuadras, this may be a long over-due opportunity. The Mexican, who claimed the WBC Silver title in September 2012 with a victory over Ronald Barrera, has been patiently sitting on the side line waiting for his chance. Unfortunately for Cuadras it has left him watching the division move around him whilst he he fought just 3 times in 15 months, with one of those 3 contests being a straight forward victory over the limited Songseanglek Phosuwangym on New Years Eve.
Whilst Cuadras has been waiting for his chance Srisaket has been making a real name for himself.
Since Cuadras beat Barrera on 29th September 2012 we've seen Srisaket scoring 9 wins himself. These have included a notable victory over Yota Sato for the WBC title which he has defended once, stopping Hirofumi Mukai, and become one of the real forces in the Super Flyweight division. Sure his reign has been short so far but the performances have been scary with his aggression, work rate and power all being very impressive.
With this bout now expected no later than summer 2014 we'll happily say we've had a late Christmas present and one that potentially looks like a FOTY contender. Whether it's in Mexico, Thailand or even Japan, where Cuadras last fought, this bout should be a genuine barn burner as long as it lasts.
Whilst many fans may have been waiting for the world title fights from Tokyo to be televised fans in attendance at the Ota-City Gymnasium got a whose who on the undercard.
The most notable undercard fighter was Kohei Kono (29-8, 12), the former WBA Super Flyweight champion. Kono, pictured, took care of business by stopping Thai debutant Daut Manopkanchang (0-1) in the 3rd round, and assured himself of a world title fight in March against Denkaosan Kaovichit (62-3-1, 26) in what should be a thrilling encounter.
Whilst Kono has got himself a world title fight for sure one man hoping to get one was Mexican visitor Carlos Cuadras (29-0, 14) who defeated Songseanglek Phosuwangym (1-10) in 2 rounds. This result is expected by some to act as a precursor to a possible encounter between Cuadras and WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (23-3-1, 21).
Another man hoping, one day, to get a world title fight was Japan's very own Ryoichi Taguchi (19-2-1, 8) who struggled over the line against Filipino veteran Ryan Bito (22-13-3, 8). Whilst this wasn't the sharpest performance from Taguchi it was his first bout since losing to Naoya Inoue (5-0, 4) back in August.
Lower down, in the grand scope of things, there was also a notable victory for Tomomi Takano (4-0, 3) the former model-turn-boxer. Takano managed to secure a second round stoppage against the much shorter Kumi Oishi (1-3, 1).
On December 31st Mexico's Carlos Cuadras (28-0, 23) will return to Japan for his first fight in the east since 2011 as he takes on the very limited Songseanglek Phosuwangym (1-9). On paper this bout's totally meaningless for Cuadras, though could there be more to it than meets the eye?
We all know that Cuadras is ranked #1 by the WBC for the Super Flyweight title which is currently held by the fearsome Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (23-3-1, 21). With Cuadras going to Japan could it be that Cuadras is wanting to get used to the conditions in Orient before taking on Srisaket in 2014?
We'll admit we're adding 2 and 2 and getting 5 but it's a bout that makes a lot of sense in regards to the rankings, it makes a lot of sense for Cuadras, with the WBC being the only organisation that currently ranks him and from a fans point of view it makes a lot of sense.
The bout would pit two relatively crude fighters with great power, fantastic offensive mindsets and styles that would just gel wonderfully. We're jumping ahead of course but it's a bout that we can't help but want now that the idea is in our head. We hope it's a bout that gets made though of course boxing doesn't always make sense and we may have just gotten our own expectations up too much.
Although this saddens us to say it but we hope that Cuadras, as he should really, defeats Songseanglek on the undercard in Tokyo on New Years Eve just so that this bout becomes a real possibility. If it happens, we have a nailed on FOTY contender right here.
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