It was thought that Gonzalez vacating the WBC title would lead to a bout between Thai Nawaphon Por Chokchai (35-0, 28) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and Mexican Juan Hernandez (33-2, 24) to fill the void. A bout that looked great on paper, and could have been really exciting in the ring.
Now however it seems the bout has been changed with Nawaphon's team now set to negotiate a bout with former champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (23-2-2, 12) [五十嵐俊幸] of Japan.
It's not clear how Igarashi, who was ranked #9 by the WBC in their latest set of rankings, has managed to get a shot at the title but the reports from Thailand are that the Teiken man will face Nawaphon before the year is over for the world title.
The unbeaten Thai, the younger brother of Suriyan Sor Rungvisai and a stablemate of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, is from a powerful stable in Thailand and although he has a pretty record he does lack wins of major significance. Despite that he has been very highly ranked by the WBC for several years and has waited patiently whilst others have had shots ahead of him.
Igarashi was last seen in the ring last weekend, when he scored a stoppage against the over-matched Weerachai Taboonrueang that win extended an unbeaten run of Igarashi's to 7 bouts, following his title loss to Akira Yaegashi back in April 2013. Sadly that unbeaten run lacks any sort of win of note and it makes things even less clear why he would be getting a shot ahead of fighters like Daigo Higa or Thomas Masson.
Although it's unclear where or when this bout will take place it's fair to say that both teams will be working on getting it done shortly and an announcement could be made in the coming weeks.