With Kazuto Ioka giving up the WBA Light Flyweight title earlier this month conversation seems to have turned to "who" will be taking his place. For now we're unsure though it does seem very plausible that one man who will be given the opportunity to fight for either the vacant title or the interim title, currently held by Alberto Rossel, is Filipino Randy Petalcorin (20-1-1, 15), pictured.
Petalcorin, who is ranked #2 by the WBA, has said that he is happy to be in the corner against the top WBA ranked fighters if given the opportunity to fight for the title. By "right" he should be able to get a fight with Rossel for the vacant title though a fight with any of the top contenders could well be for the belt later this year, if the WBA are willing to give him the chance.
Prior to a possible world title fight Petalcorin will actually be in action on March 28th as he takes on a yet to be named opponent in Victoria, Australia. We would assume, with no opponent yet to be named, that Petalcorin will be facing a low level fighter happy to fight on such short notice. It's not the sort of fight that will prepare him for a world title bout but it should be one that he wins with out many problems, thus maintaining his ranking.
In preparation for his upcoming bout Petalcorin has been busy in Australia sparring several top Australian fighters including Mark Quon, a former Australian Super Bantamweight champion. This sparring may be at a different level to fights that he may need to take part in to win a world title but they should still do him the world of good.
Whilst the WBA haven't announced the future of the belt it's great that Petalcorin is talking about fighting for the title rather than sitting idly by and twiddling his thumbs. Hopefully his comments, and correspondence with some top brass at the WBA, will help them decide in his favour and give him the opportunity that he deserves sooner rather than later.
Although this is hopeful thinking we would love to see Petalcorin fight the winner of the upcoming clash between Takuma Inoue and Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr for the title. It's unlikely though would be a fantastic all-Asian clash between two top young fighters trying to make a name for themselves.
(Photo courtesy of boxrec.com)
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