Postol allowed voluntary before Imam; Linares faces Zlaticanin next
WBC super lightweight title holder Viktor Postol will make a voluntary defense of his new championship before facing number one contender Amir Imam.
The Ukranian, who impressed when claiming the title against Argentinian Lucas Matthysse, looks set to return in the spring of 2016 against a Top 15 contender.
“Since Postol won the vacant title – with a sensational performance against Lucas Matthysse on October 3 – he is required to make two mandatory defenses according to WBC rules,” said the WBC.
“No. 1 ranked mandatory challenger Amir Imam of the U.S. is contracted to fight on November 28 in Quebec City, so Postol was approved for a voluntary defense, with the winner of that fight to next make the first mandatory defense. The second mandatory challenger is to be determined.”
Whilst at 135lbs, Jorge Linares will begin talks to fight mandatory Dejan Zlaticanin following his successful defense against Ivan Cano last month.
“Linares won the vacant title on December 30, 2014, and made his first mandatory defense against Kevin Mitchell. Dejan Zlaticanin of Montenegro is his second mandatory challenger, and the WBC will start the process for free negotiations for that fight this month.”
Down at 130, the winner of Takashi Miura v Fransisco Vargas later this month will be allowed a voluntary defense in 2016.