Numerous sources have informed us that a deal has been struck for former WBC Super Flyweight champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (46-6-1, 23) [สุริยัน ศ.รุ่งวิสัย] to travel to Panama in March to face former WBA Bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno (35-4-1, 12) in a WBC final eliminator bout, with the winner to get a rematch with Japan's Shinsuke Yamanaka (24-0-2, 17) [山中 慎介] later this year.
In 2014 we saw Suriyan face Yamanaka as the mandatory for the WBC title. In that bout Suriyan gave the Japanese puncher genuine problems, though was dropped several times in the second half of the fight allow Yamanaka to take a controversy free decision win. The knockdowns aside the fight was very close with Suriyan perhaps getting the better of it, though of course having a number of 10-8 rounds against him did cost him on the cards.
Last year we saw Moreno give Yamanaka a real nightmare with the Japanese champion being very lucky to retain his title with a controversial split decision. The bout, the closest Yamanaka has had since winning the WBC world title in 2011, was one that saw fans calling for a rematch though saw the WBC call for a bout between the Panamanian and Suriyan.
With both men determined to get a rematch with Yamanaka this match up really is a fantastic one, and one of many great ones that the Bantamweight division is going to throw out during 2016.
At the moment it appears that the bout will fall on March 19th at the Arena Roberto Duran, Panama City.
Interestingly home advantage could be key here. So far Moreno has suffered just 1 of his 4 defeats at home, with the others coming in the US, twice, and Japan, to Yamanaka, whilst Suriyan has yet to claim a victory outside of Thailand, and is 0-4-1 on the road. Despite that we'd be expecting a close, competitive and exciting fight anywhere on the planet with the men having styles that should gel wonderfully, with Suriyan's all out pressure and Moreno's outside boxing really being two styles that should give us a very competitive bout.
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