The Filipino has gotten this shot after negotiations between Cuadras and mandatory challenger Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (38-4-1, 35) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] failed to reach an agreement, however the winner will be expected to face the dangerous Thai later in the year.
The bout will be Mepranum's 5th in Mexico, where he is 1-3, and will be his third world title bout. His previous two have seen him suffer stoppage defeats to Julio Cesar Miranda and Juan Francisco Estrada, both in Mexico. Despite not having a great record in Mexico he has got plenty of experience of fighting on the road with bouts in not only Mexico but also Thailand and the US, with his biggest win actually coming in the US against Hernan Marquez back in 2010.
Although best known as a Flyweight Mepranum has began to carve out a career at 115lbs and will be expected to be in great shape at the weight and is in fact expected to have a small height advantage over the Mexican.
Cuadras, who is co-promoted by Japanese power house Teiken, will be hunting his 6th defense of the title that he took from Srisaket back in May 2014. Sadly for a man with an almost 2 year reign as the champion his title defenses have been rather lacking with one of his title challengers, Dixon Flores, subsequently being blasted inside a round by Britain's Khalid Yafai.
For Cuadras this will be his first bout since he defended the belt, in Japan, last November. In that bout he over-came a gutsy and determined effort from Koki Eto. Sadly though he should expect criticism for facing Mepranum, who is known as a game challenger but lacks world level ability. The Filipino will come to fight but won't be expected to really test the champion, who has spoken about clashes with Roman Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada.