Although things went quiet on that front, with speculation that Loreto may have been offered step aside money, there was noise again today with the bout being reported by the Thai media as a done deal.
The bout is now set to take place on July 15th in Chonburi, Thailand, and will be aired on Channel 7, who continue to work with Knockout.
The bout will be the first world title bout for Lorteo, barring minor world titles, and will see him return to the country fight in Thailand for the 8th time, with the country also playing host to one of his biggest wins to date, a technical stoppage against Pornsawan Porpramook in 2013. That win over Porpramook began Loreto's current 8 fight winning streak, which has seen him stop his last 7 foes, including Nkosinathi Joyi, twice.
For the Thai the bout will mark his third defense of the title, a title he won last June when he beat Byron Rojas. Although Knockout has impressed, beating the likes of Carlos Buitrago and Rojas, his last two bouts haven't been the most impressive as he over-came the Japanese pairing of Shin Ono and Go Odaira. On paper this isn't a step up, but the reality is that Loreto is much more dangerous than Ono and Odaira and should be a very tough out for the unbeaten Thai champion.
(Image courtesy of The Champion-Thailand)