Former champion Marvin Sonsona and his two fellow veterans of world title fights from the Philippines can get mandatory shots at World Boxing Council (WBC) championship fights provided they win their eliminator bouts.

The WBC Board of Governors made their decisions for 2015 fights of Sonsona, Denver Cuello, Jonathan Taconing and the top rated boxers in 14 other weight divisions to determine the next challengers.

The pairing of matches were made on the 3rd day, Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), of the 52nd WBC Annual Convention at the Mirage Hotel, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sonsona, second ranked, and No. 3 Jayson Velez of Puerto Rico are ordered to fight to determine one of two mandatory challengers of reigning WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico.

The January 6 fight between No. 4 ranked Rocky Juarez of the U.S. and No. 5 ranked Robinson Castellanos of Mexico will determine Gonzalez’s other mandatory challenger.

While minimumweight world champion Wanheng Menayothin of Thailand is in a voluntary stage until November, a final eliminator was approved between No. 1 ranked WBC Silver champion Carlos Ortega of Panama and Cuello, a newly installed No. 2 contender.

In light flyweight, No. 1 ranked Pedro Guevara of Mexico will fight No. 3 Akira Yaegashi of Japan for the vacant title on December 30 in Tokyo.

A final eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger was approved between No. 5 ranked Taconing and either No. 2 ranked Ganigan Lopez or No. 4 ranked Adrian Hernandez both of Mexico.

The mandatory fight is the obligation of the champion in each division to put his title on the line per year against the top available contender.


Aside from Yaegashi, there are several WBC rated Asians in the mix in at least three separate weight divisions.

Top rated flyweight Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai of Thailand and No. 2 ranked Edgar Sosa of Mexico was approved as a final eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger for world champion Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua.

In super flyweight No. 1 ranked Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand and No. 4 ranked Jose Salgado of Mexico battle for right to face world champion Carlos Cuadras of Mexico.

Chinas’ WBC No. 5 ranked Qiu Xiao Jun battles No. 6 Kid Galahad of the U.K. for the Silver super bantamweight title and the winner will wait for their chance for the regular world title after the determination of mandatory challenger in March 14 fight between March 14 between No. 1 ranked Andres Gutierrez and No. 2 ranked Hugo Ruiz both of Mexico.

WBC interim middleweight champion/WBA middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan has a business to finish. He will face Martin Murray of the U.K. February 21.

The survivor of Golovkin-Murray clash will become the mandatory challenger for the winner in the choice defense of reigning WBC middleweight champ Miguel Cotto and his opponent.

Bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka and super featherweight titlist Takashi Miura are both looking for voluntary defenses next year against challengers that will pick from top 15 rankings.


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