Back in December we hinted at the possibility of a bout between Thailand's Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (23-3-1, 21), the WBC Super Flyweight champion, and unbeaten Mexican Carlos Cuadras (29-0, 24), the #1 ranked WBC challenger. It now seems that that bout has taken a real step towards happening in 2014 as the WBC have ordered negotiations for the contest to begin.
The WBC have given the two parties 30 days to come to an agreement before they will order purse bids. If they cannot reach an agreement then purse bids will be called by the WBC on February 7th.
For Cuadras, this may be a long over-due opportunity. The Mexican, who claimed the WBC Silver title in September 2012 with a victory over Ronald Barrera, has been patiently sitting on the side line waiting for his chance. Unfortunately for Cuadras it has left him watching the division move around him whilst he he fought just 3 times in 15 months, with one of those 3 contests being a straight forward victory over the limited Songseanglek Phosuwangym on New Years Eve.
Whilst Cuadras has been waiting for his chance Srisaket has been making a real name for himself.
Since Cuadras beat Barrera on 29th September 2012 we've seen Srisaket scoring 9 wins himself. These have included a notable victory over Yota Sato for the WBC title which he has defended once, stopping Hirofumi Mukai, and become one of the real forces in the Super Flyweight division. Sure his reign has been short so far but the performances have been scary with his aggression, work rate and power all being very impressive.
With this bout now expected no later than summer 2014 we'll happily say we've had a late Christmas present and one that potentially looks like a FOTY contender. Whether it's in Mexico, Thailand or even Japan, where Cuadras last fought, this bout should be a genuine barn burner as long as it lasts.
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