The South Africa is now expected to defend the WBA title against Taguchi's stablemate Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人], who has vacated his IBF Minimumweight title and indicated that he wants to become a 2-weight world champion.
As a result of Budler vacating Alvarado then began negotiations with the next highest ranked IBF contender, Filipino Randy Petalcorin (29-2-1, 22). Negotiations between the two camps appear to have gone amazingly well and the bout is now set for October 20th in Melbourne, Australia, giving Petalcorin home advantage with the Filipino having an Australian promoter and having fought "down under" a number of times.
For Alvarado this will be his third shot at a world title, following losses at the world level to Kazuto Ioka [井岡一翔] and Juan Carlos Reveco, though he has been on a tear since his 2014 loss to Reveco, going 15-0 (14) including a chilling KO of Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr last October and other notable wins over the likes of Luis de la Rosa, Karluis Diaz and Jose Antonio Jimenez.
As for Petalcorin this will actually be his first fight for a world title, though he is a former WBA "interim" champion and has fought for the WBC "silver" title. Coming in to this the Filipino has won his last 6, and stopped his last 4. He will be hoping his skills, speed and movement can neutralise the brutal power of Alvarado, whilst the Nicaraguan will be hoping to stop the Filipino and not risk the judges going against him.