Back in the middle of March the WBO announced that they had ordered a WBO eliminator at 122lbs between unbeaten Filipino Genesis Servania (26-0, 11), who was #1 ranked, and #3 ranked Hungarian Zsolt Bedak (24-1, 8). Whilst many wondered what Bedak had done to be ranked so highly the view was that a deal would be done for the fight to be staged in the Philippines with the winner set to become mandatory challenger to fight Guillermo Rigondeaux. When it was announced the WBO set a 20 day limit on the bout before they were going to announce purse bids.
It now seems however that that bout has essentially fallen through with Bedak now being eyed as a potential foe for WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17) in a non-title bout for the May 2nd undercard, which is of course being headlined by the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Bedak's name is one of several that has been floated by Santa Cruz's team who had also reached out to British fighter Lewis Pettitt (16-1, 6), who was forced to decline due to an injury. Sadly however the WBC have said that, given the time frame, they will not allow Santa Cruz to defend his title on the show.
Frustratingly the Super Bantamweight division is laden with talented fighters such as Servania, his compatriot Albert Pagara, Filipino star Nonito Donaire, Japan's talented Shingo Wake, the exciting Rey Vargas, the slippery Kid Galahad and Chinese hopeful Qiu Xiao Jun, who is incidentally the WBC #1 ranked contender, yet it seems like Santa Cruz is no rush to face anyone of real note.
To his credit no one can blame Bedak if he takes the fight. It's a huge opportunity for him however Santa Cruz and his team must be held accountable for not having an opponent sorted with just weeks to go until the show. The Mexican, who was a big fan favourite just a few short years ago, has seemingly become a joke and is swiftly becoming someone that the fans are turning on.
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