According to sources in Thai a press conference was held today to announce that the unbeaten Nawaphon Por Chokchai (34-0, 27) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] is just weeks away from having a long awaited world title fight sorted.
The source has informed us that Nicaraguan sensation Roman Gonzalez is likely to vacate the WBC Flyweight title in the coming days, as he looked to secure a fight with Super Flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras. When he does that Nawaphon will officially be ordered to face Mexican fighter Juan Hernandez (32-2, 23) for the vacant title.
Nawaphon, the WBC #1 ranked Flyweight, had been expecting to have a stay busy fight, whilst awaiting his shot, but it seems not that his attention will be on Hernandez and his team have seemingly broken in to their war chest to get the Thai home advantage. Our source has stated that Nakornluang would be putting up ฿12,000,000 to get the fight in Thailand. That's Around £262,000 or $340,000 at today's rate.
For Nawaphon the bout would be his first at world level, and would see him trying to replicate the success of his brother, Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, and good friend Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who bother held world titles. As for Hernandez the bout wild be his second at a title, following a loss in in 2011 to Kazuto Ioka. Since the loss to Ioka we've see Hernandez win 14 in a row including wins over Saul Juarez, Ramon Garcia Hirales, Jesus Silvestre and Omar Nino Romero.
No date has yet been set for the bout but it's clear that Nakornluang will be pressing for this to happen sooner rather than later.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
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