Over the past few days the WBC have been holding their annual convention and at that convention they announced the mandatory situation of all their champions. Rather than doing a full look we've just concentrated on the ones with relation to Asian fighters.
At Minimumweight their is no current mandatory obligation with Wanheng Menayothin (36-0, 12) being given an opportunity to defend his title against a voluntary challenger. Although a mandatory isn't due the WBC did announce that there will be an eliminator between Filipino fighter Denver Cuello (35-5-6, 23) and Panamanian fighter Carlos Ortega (10-3-2, 4), the winner of that will face either Wanheng or, if Wanheng loses in his voluntary defence, the man who beats him.
At Light Flyweight we already know that Akira Yaegashi (20-4, 10) will be battling Pedro Guevara (23-1-1, 15) for the world title on December 30th. As for the mandatory we've been told an eliminator will feature Filipino slugger Jonathan Taconing (19-2-1, 16) who will fight either Ganigan Lopez (25-5, 16) or former champion Adrian Hernandez (30-3-1, 19). We'll admit we're licking our lips in the hope of see Taconing fight against Yaegashi in what would be a FOTY contender.
At Flyweight we know the unbeaten Roman Gonzalez (41-0, 35) has a voluntary defence, having been the mandatory when he beaten Akira Yaegashi earlier this year. The WBC have however set an eliminator which will see Nawaphon Por Chokchai (25-0, 18) fight Edgar Sosa (51-9, 30). There has however been talk of Sosa getting a voluntary fight on US TV so that may leave Nawaphon fighting a different foe in an eliminator.
Super Flyweight has seen a brilliant eliminator set between former world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (31-4-1, 28) and recent title challenger Jose Salgado (34-2-2, 27). This one would be very exciting if it comes to fruition and the winner would be deserving of a rematch with the unbeaten Carlos Cuadras (31-0-1, 25).
Strangely the Bantamweight division saw no mandatory being set though the WBC will evalutate things in the coming summer. This isn't a big issue however as world champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16) did recently defend in a mandatory title fight against Thailand's tough Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (38-6-1, 17).
At Super Bantamweight we've been told a bout between China's Qiu Xiao Jun (14-2, 6) and Kid Galahad (18-0, 9) is to be set for the "Silver" title however no mandatory or eliminator has been set. For Jun this is a big step up though a win will see him put into the conversation of world title contention.
In the Featherweight division the WBC have set an eliminator between heavy handed Filipino Marvin Sonsona (19-1-1, 15) and recent IBF title challenger Jayson Velez (22-0-1, 16). If this goes ahead it'll be a great chance for Sonsona to get himself a shot at a world title though we suspect he would have to wait with this being one of two eliminators for a shot at Jhonny Gonzalez.
Super Featherweight world champion Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21) is able to make a voluntary defence of his belt though the WBC did state that their would be an eliminator between Javier Fortuna (26-0-1-1, 19) and Stephen Smith (20-1, 12) with the winner becoming the #1 contender. After the "waste" of a year for Miura we suspect he wouldn't complain about fighting both men in the coming year if he cannot secure a rematch with Takashi Uchiyama (21-0-1, 17),
At Lightweight the situation is a bit of a mess. We know that Jorge Linares (37-3, 24) will be fighting Javier Prieto (24-7-2, 18) on December 30th with the winner becoming the new champion. That winner will have obligations to "champion in recess" Omar Figueroa (24-0-1, 18) as well as winners in 2 eliminators, all of which leaves the situation a bit of a messy one for the winner.
At Welterweight the WBC have held off naming a mandatory challenger as they look to encourage "the fight" between Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38) and Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26). There is talk about them putting together an 8 man tournament to set an eliminator though that wouldn't be completed for at least a year.
The Middleweight division already had a mandatory set between Kazakh destroyed Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28) and reigning WBC champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32). Golvokin will need to win his upcoming bout against Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12) to take advantage of that opportunity but it does seem clear that that's the way things are going to go.
(Image courtesy of the WBC)
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