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 are the announcements for the super flyweight and bantamweight divisions.
Bantamweight: Champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (Japan)
Yamanaka made a mandatory defense on September 16, 2016, and is now in a voluntary stage. Yamanaka defeated Anselmo Moreno via seventh round TKO in a rematch of their previous fight a year earlier, also won by Yamanaka, this time through split decision.
A final eliminator will be ordered in January between No. 1 ranked Suriyan Sor Rungvisai of Thailand and the highest available contender to determine the next mandatory challenger.
Super Flyweight: Champion Roman Gonzalez (Nicaragua)
Gonzalez has confirmed that he will have the rematch with No. 1 ranked Carlos Cuadras of Mexico in March. ‘Chocolatito’ and Cuadras shared twelve entertaining rounds back in September and were due to meet again earlier in 2017 until Gonzalez lost his trainer Arnulfo Obando suddenly at the age of 54.
More details of the return will be made public soon. The winner must then make a mandatory defense against No. 2 ranked Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand in his next fight.
The World Boxing Council ratings for December are set to be announced imminently as the WBC Convention draws to a close