Thailand’s 2008 Olympian Amnat Ruenroeng has been confirmed as the first challenger to fight for the IBF flyweight title following former title holder Moruti Mthalane’s decision to vacate the red belt this week.
Mthalane pulled out of scheduled January 24 fight with Ruenroeng in Bangkok and the IBF have now ratified that the 34 year-old will be next in line having been let down by the South African.
“We received a letter yesterday from Moruti Mthalane stating that he was vacating the title,” the IBF’s Lindsey Tucker explained to World Boxing News today.
“We know that mandatory challenger Amnat Ruenroeng will fight for the vacant title and we should know within the next couple of days who his opponent will be.”
Ruenroeng, who once served time in prison where he took up the sport, finished fifth at the Beijng games five and a half years ago and is undefeated in his eleven bouts since turning professional.
It’s not yet known what direction Mthalane, 31, intends to head in after making the hard call to leave the title behind, although a fight on home soil is said to be top of the list for ‘Babyface’ in the coming months.
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