On Saturday night we were supposed to see a WBO "interim" Super Flyweight champion being crowned. The idea was that the winner of a bout between Warlito Parrenas (24-6-1, 21) and David Carmona (19-2-5, 8) was to not only become the "interim" champion but also the next opponent of Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7), who has been inactive for much of this year with an injured hand.
Sadly however last nights bout ended without a winner with the judges remarkably scoring the bout a split decision draw, despite the fact Parrenas seemed to clearly win the bout with his effective aggression and hard punching.
As a result of the draw the future for Inoue isn't clear, and Inoue's manager, Hideyuki Ohashi, has admitted that's unsure what the next move is for his man. The Ohashi gym chairman has said that he's going to await the decision of the WBO who may rule that one of the fighters from last night deserves the mandatory status or may in fact allow former champion Omar Andres Narvaez (43-2-2, 23) to get a rematch with Inoue. Another option is that the WBO allow Inoue to make an voluntary defense, if this option is allowed then there is a chance we could see a window opened up, at the end of the year, for the super fight between Inoue and Roman Gonzalez (43-0, 37).
The future is interesting, but for now it's a case of waiting to see what the WBO decide on. When they make their decision we expect things to move very quickly and an announcement will be made shortly.
(Image courtesy of Zanfer Promociones)
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