WBC mandatory status update: Featherweight / Super-bantamweight / Bantamweight

WBC 15/05/2017
World Boxing Council Heavyweight


 Each division ruling activity follows on each case.

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Below is the ruling for featherweight, super-bantamweight and bantamweight:

Featherweight: Champion Gary Russell Jr. (United States)

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz confirmed that Russell will make his mandatory defense against interim champion Oscar Escandon of Colombia on February 11. The WBC ordered a final eliminator between No. 1 ranked Josh Warrington of Great Britain and No. 2 ranked Joseph Diaz Jr. of the United States to determine the next mandatory challenger.

Carl Frampton of Ireland and Leo Santa Cruz of the United States both requested that their fight on January 28 will be for the WBC Diamond Belt. The Board of Governors approved.

  • Leo Santa Cruz defeated Carl Frampton by MD12 for the Diamond title on January 28.
  • Russell vs. interim champion Oscar Escandon for the WBC Unification – May 27.

 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.

  • Rey Vargas defeated Gavin McDonnell by MD12 and won the vacant title on February 25.
  • Anselmo Moreno vs. Julio Ceja – final eliminator – May 27.

Bantamweight: Champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (Japan)

Yamanaka made a mandatory defense on September 16, 2016, and is now in a voluntary stage.

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.

  • Yamanaka defeated Carlos Carlson by KOT7 in a voluntary defense on March 2.
  • Suriyan Sor Rungvisai tested positive under CBP.
  • Luis Nery defeated Jesus Martinez by TKO in a final elimination and silver defense on March 11.
  • Luis Nery mandatory.