Juan Carlos Payano, a former titleholder from the Dominican Republic, will be part of the bantamweight World Boxing Super Series, according to ESPN.
Payano, 34, joins current titleholders Ryan Burnett, Emmanuel Rodriguez, and Zolani Tete, along with Nonito Donaire and Jason Moloney, and it’s still expected that Naoya Inoue will also be joining the tournament.
Payano (20-1, 9 KO) is a veteran southpaw best-known in the States for his two fights with former U.S. Olympian Rau’shee Warren, beating Warren in August 2015 by split decision, and losing to him 10 months later by majority decision.
Since then, Payano has won three straight fights, most recently beating previously-undefeated Mike Plania by 10-round decision on March 23 in Florida.
No tournament matchups have been announced yet besides Rodriguez-Moloney, which is taking place because they’re both in the tournament and Moloney is Rodriguez’s mandatory challenger, so that all worked out for both parties.