The Super Flyweight division is an often over-looked one with many fans ignoring some of the excitement and fighters that are currently competing in the 115lb division. For many the only name worth mentioning is Japan's Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) who blew away Argentinian veteran Omar Andres Narvaez at the end of last year. Despite being over-looked the division is packed with interesting fighters, such as Thailand's destructive Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Mexico's talented Carlos Cuadras and the brilliant South African Zolani Tete.
Today we had a good-news/bad-news situation. Firstly we were informed that Zolani Tete had relinquished the IBF world title, having issues with the amount of money he was set to receive for a mandatory defense against Puerto Rico's talented McJoe Arroyo (16-0, 8). That is, in our eyes, bad news as we'd have loved to have seen that fight as fans of the sport.
The good news however is that Arroyo has now been ordered to face unbeaten Filipino Arthur Villanueva (27-0, 14) in a bout for the now vacant title.
The two teams have until June 28th to make a deal or the bout will be sent to purse bids.
Whilst Tete Vs Arroyo was a really good looking bout we can't really be too disappointed with a bout between Arroyo and Villanueva which is also a brilliant match up on paper a serious test for both men. It's fair to say that both would have liked to have beaten a recognised champion for the right to call them selves a “world champion” but beating another very highly ranked contender will certainly not be a bad achievement.
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