From what we understand Chonlatarn, the WBO #1 ranked Featherweight, will be getting his opportunity at the world title on November 22nd in Macau as part of the Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 28) versus Chris Algieri (20-0, 8) under-card, as long as the negotiations can be completed in the coming days.
For many fans this will be a disappointing match up for Lomachenko considering the bouts that he has been linked to though it seems likely that he is happy to appease the WBO and take out their top contender before looking towards bigger bouts next year. After all there is no point having a mandatory bout scupper bigger bouts further down the line.
Ukrainian Lomachenko was one of the greatest amateurs of all time. He was beaten just once in a glittering career that included multiple gold medals at World Amateur Championships, Olympics and European championships and as a professional he claimed a world title in just his 3rd bout, tying a long standing record of Saensak Muangsurin.
Although amazingly skilled Lomachenko has shown flaws as a professional and we dare say that the best time to challenge him is now. He's only going to get better and better and if you're in Chonlatarn's shoes it may well be now or never.
For the Thai this would be his second world title fight after suffering a defeat in a WBA Featherweight world title bout with Chris John back in November 2012. In that bout his lack of experience at a high level cost him dearly and he was easily out pointed by the Indonesian great. Odds are he loses again here if he meets Lomachenko as proposed but it makes more sense for him to take the opportunity than staying on the side lines dreaming of a big fight.
From what we understand this bout would the third notable fight on the card playing the support role not just to the Pacquiao bout but also to Zou Shiming's (5-0, 1) bout which is being reported to be against Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (27-0-2, 12).
At the moment Chonlatarn Vs Lomachenko hasn't been signed, sealed and delivered but the news from Thailand makes it sound like a case of dotting the i's and crossing the t's. A foregone conclusion if you will.