Back on April 15th fans had the chance to see a very controversial bout between Randy Petalcorin (23-2-1, 18) and Omari Kimweri (16-3, 6). The bout resulted in an official result of a split decision win for Kimweri, who claimed the WBC Silver Flyweight title. The win, in theory, made Kimweri a top contender for a WBC Flyweight world title fight, though it seems clear that the diminutive Australian based Tanzanian fighter wouldn't have been much competition for Roman Gonzalez.
Since the bout both men have indicated that they no longer want to compete at Flyweight with Kimweri dropping all the way down to Minimumweight whilst Petalcorin will resume his career as a Light Flyweight.
The WBC, who sent out an e-mail concerning the situation, have congratulated both men on their fight, describing it as a Fight of the Year candidate. They have also stated that neither will lose out by resuming their careers at lower weights.
Kimweri, has now become the mandatory challenger for Puerto Rican warrior Janiel Rivera (14-2-3, 8), the current WBC Minimumweight silver champion, who will be making his first defense later this year.
Petalcorin on the other hand has been made the mandatory challenger for Mexican puncher Ricardo Perez (10-2, 8), who recently upset former world title challenger Mauricio Fuentes and fought Byran Rojas in a very competitive bout, in what will be a WBC Light Flyweight silver title bout.
(Image courtesy of the WBC)
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