A month ago we reported that the WBC had ordered a world title eliminator, at Flyweight, between Korean based Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (5-0, 3) and the once beaten American Oscar Cantu (14-1, 1). At the time it looked like AK Promotions were assuming the bout was heading Stateside, giving Cantu the home advantage due to the financials needed to host the bout.
This week saw Korean sources report that there may have been a change of plan and that there is now a good chance the bout could end up taking place in Korea, giving Waseem the hoem advantage, and could take place as early as June if the teams can wrangle a deal out in the coming weeks.
The winner of the Waseem Vs Cantu bout would be in line for a world title fight later this year and would be expected to fight either current WBC Flyweight champion Juan Hernandez (34-2, 25) or Hernandez's current mandatory challenger Daigo Higa (12-0, 12) [比嘉 大吾], with Hernandez and Higa expected to fight later this year and take on the winner of the other bout as a mandatory title defense.
Although it seems weird that their will be back-to-back mandatory title defenses the WBC rules do dictate that when a vacant title is won the winner will have to face back-to-back mandatories, thus establishing the current situation with Hernandez essentially having two mandatories in a row, or Higa having a mandatory if he defeats Hernandez.
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