Francisco Vargas has been made mandatory challenger to current WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura after an elimination bout versus Stephen Smith failed to materialize.
According to WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, who exclusively spoke to WBN, number two-ranked Smith rejected the opportunity to fight in a final eliminator, leaving number one Vargas out on his own and in line to face Miura next.
“Stephen Smith did not accept an offer to participate in a final elimination bout. Therefore, we have ordered Francisco Vargas to fight Takashi Miura as the mandatory contender,” Sulaiman told World Boxing News.
“Smith will stay in the rankings and he has some options, but for now he has asked for some time to consider what is best for his career. So we are going to give him some time and named Vargas a mandatory.
“In the future he (Vargas) will be competing for a WBC title,” he added.
Smith, 30, is the top contender for European champion Romain Jacob at the moment, although the Frenchman has already lined up his next voluntary for November 10 against Juli Giner on home soil.
That left Smith waiting until at least the spring of next year for his shot at the EBU title and the Merseysider decided to accept an offer from the IBF to fight an eliminator against Devis Boschiero.
As for Miura v Vargas, there are suggestions that the fight will be staged on the undercard of Miguel Cotto v Canelo Alvarez.