Over the last few days the WBC have been holding their annual convention, using Baku as the host city. It's been an interesting convention and has seen a a number of announcements, including some on the status of their champions, and what will be expected of them in the near future. We won't look at all the divisions, but a number do feature a clear Asian interest.
At Minimumweight Wanheng Menayothin (48-0, 17) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] has a voluntary defense next, with that expected to come in November, beforea mandatory against Leroy Estrada take places in 2018, with that potential mandatory being a chance for Wanheng to go 50-0!
At Light Flyweight the winner of the upcoming bout between current world champion Ken Shiro (10-0, 5) [拳 四朗] and former champion Pedro Guevara (30-2-1, 17) will need to face former champion Ganigan Lopez, who has already lost in close bouts to both men. at the age of 35 it could be interesting to see what Lopez has in the rematch with one of his conqueror, but that is likely to be his final world title fight.
At Flyweight there is no set mandatory for the winner of the October 22nd clash between Daigo Higa (13-0, 13) [比嘉 大吾] and French challenger Thomas Masson (17-3-1, 5), however Korean based Pakistani Muhammad Waseem (7-0, 5) is expected to get a shot at the winner in January.
The Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (43-4-1, 39) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] has been told he can have a voluntary defense, as long as he faces Juan Francisco Estrada in 2018. Rather interestingly this does, technically, open the door to a potential Srisaket Vs Naoya Inoue (14-0, 12) [井上 尚弥] bout, which would unify the WBO and WBC titles, and give the winner two solid looking future bouts. Though there is almost an expectancy that Rungvisai will actually just have an easier, homecoming defense rather than a huge one like that.
The Bantamweight division really remains unclear. What was announced was that we would get a world title eliminator between long term unbeaten Thai Petch Sor Chitpattana (43-0, 28) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and Emmanuel Rodriguez (17-0, 12), but there is still yet to be a decision made in regards to the positive drug test of champion Luis Nery (24-0, 18), who failed a test following his recent win over former champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19) [山中慎介].
At Middleweight the WBC have ordered Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33) [Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин] to defend his title against former foe Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 24), in a rematch of their controversial draw. The bout is expectd to be made in the first half of 2018, with the winner to face Jermall Charlo.
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