Back in late August we reported that a deal was being put in place for Zou Shiming (8-1, 2) [邹市明] to face Thailand's Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym (39-1-2, 24) [ขวัญพิชิต 13เหรียญเอ็กซ์เพลส] in a bout for the WBO Flyweight title on November 5th. At the time Juan Francisco Estrada held the title, putting some doubts on that possible showdown, though the rumour continued to rumble.
Last week we saw Estrada vacate the WBO title and in the wake of Estrada's decision we've now seen the Chinese media run with the story of Shiming Vs Kwanpichit, with several major sources from Beijing reporting the bout is set to be announced, officially, in the coming days.
We'll admit it's not a particularly great match up, especially when you consider that Shiming dominated the Thai when the two fought back in November 2014, but it's a match up that makes sense and potentially opens the door to other, more compelling, matches in the future.
For Shiming it allows him to claim a world title, albeit a cheapened world title, and become China's second world champion. It could then potentially lead to a potential show down with Donnie Nietes, the #1 challenger for the winner, or a massive Japan Vs China unification bout against Kazuto Ioka, with that bout potentially seeing world title action head to China for arguably the biggest bout in the county.
If we see Kwanpichit pull the upset it could well see him in interesting scraps not just with Nietes and Ioka but also the likes of domestic challengers like Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep or Kompayak Porpramook, who is rumoured to be heading towards a wold title in the very near future.
Although yet to be officially announced by Bob Arum, the show's promoter, both Thai and Chinese sources are reporting the bout is just a few crossing of T's and dotting I's from being signed and sealed, giving the Manny Pacquiao Vs Jessie Vargas show a third world title bout.
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