According to sources in Thailand veteran fighter Sirimongkol Singwancha (90-2, 57) [ศิริมงคล สิงห์วังชา] is targeting a showdown next year with with rising Uzbek star Azizbek Abdugofurov (3-0, 3) for the WBC Silver Middleweight title, with the bout expected to take place in early 2017.
Sirimongkol will be in action in the coming days, against a Brazilian foe, and following that bout will begin working towards a bout with Abdugofurov in a bout expected to take place in Singapore.
For Sirimongkol the bout would be the most significant in his career since his 2005 win over Michael Clark in the US, in what was a WBC Lightweight world title eliminator. That bout did however take place over a decade ago and 25lbs south of the bout with the Uzbek and it's fair to say that at 39 years old Sirimongkol certainly isn't the fighter he once was.
As for Abdugofurov the bout will see him defending the title he won back in July, when he stopped Chaloemporn Singwancha in Singapore. Interestingly that bout was the Uzbek's third bout in a little over 2 months though strangely he hasn't fought since and has slowed his career rise somewhat. That break from the ring will however serve some good for the Uzbek.
Although yet set in stone the bout does sound like it will be signed and sealed either at the end of this year or very early next year, with Alexander Shah confirming he will be promoting the bout.
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