Gavin McDonnell v Rey Vargas ordered for vacant WBC belt at 122

WBN 15/12/2016

At the WBC 54th Convention in Miami, a mandatory update was given for each division as the World Boxing Council prepare for the New Year.

Below is the announcement for the super bantamweight division.

The title is vacant due to the recent shock announcement from Hozumi Hasegawa that he intended to retire from the sport at the age of 35. Hasegawa held versions of the WBC title from bantamweight to featherweight and is much-revered by the organisation.

Super Bantamweight: Champion vacant

The WBC ordered a fight for the vacant title between No. 1 ranked Rey Vargas of Mexico and No. 2 ranked Gavin McDonnell of Great Britain.

According to WBC rules, the winner of a vacant title must make two mandatory defenses.

The WBC ordered a final eliminator between No. 3 ranked Hugo Ruiz of Mexico and No. 4 ranked Julio Ceja of Mexico to determine the first mandatory challenger.

A second final eliminator between No. 5 ranked Anselmo Moreno of Panama and No. 6 ranked Nonito Donaire of the Philippines was ordered to determine the second mandatory challenger.

The WBC is waiting for Donaire to confirm if he will participate.

The World Boxing Council ratings for December are set to be announced imminently as the WBC Convention draws to a close

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