Yesterday we reported that Zou Shiming (8-1, 2) [邹市明] would be returning to the ring on November 5th as part of the under-card for the Manny Pacquiao Vs Jessie Vargas bout. At the time there was little information on his opponent, but there were various rumours with Shiming's name being linked to the WBA and WBC Flyweight titles.
Today we saw a rumour emerge from Thailand that stated Shiming's likely opponent for the November 5th bout would be Manny Pacquiao lookey-likey Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym (38-1-2, 22) [ขวัญพิชิต 13เหรียญเอ็กซ์เพลส]. Not only did the rumour name Kwanpichit as the opponent for Shiming but also stated that the bout would be a WBO Flyweight world title bout, with Juan Francisco Esterada set to vacate the title and focus on defending the WBA belt, with a bout against Kazuto Ioka set to take place later this year.
Whilst Kwanpichit is said to be pencilled in for the Shiming he will actually have a hurdle to pass before getting his title shot. That hurdle is that he's going to fight on September 2nd against Richard Rosales (11-3-2, 6), of the Philippines, so will need to avoid defeat or being injured during that bout.
The bout would be a rematch of their November 2014 bout in Macau, which Shiming won by unanimous decision, with scores of 120-103 and 119-106, twice, and would likely be viewed as an easy way to pick up a title for Shiming. Interestingly the two men are the top 2 ranked WBO fighters, with Kwanpichit ranked #1 by the WBO and Shiming ranked #2 so it would seem likely that the WBO would have no issue with sanctioning the bout for the vacant title if, as expected, Estrada vacates, or is stripped for not defending the title.
Again this is only a rumour from Thai sources, but the story has come from those in the know who have been close to similar situations in the past and tend to be accurate with their stories on matters involving Thai fighters, including the left field prediction of Petchbarngborn Kokietgym facing off against Naoya Inoue well ahead of the official announcement.
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