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WBC orders Rau’shee Warren to face Nordine Oubaali for vacant bantamweight belt

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The fight is planned for October, though the specific date has not been decided

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The World Boxing Super Series’ bantamweight tournament features an incredible lineup of talent, but there’s one belt missing: the WBC title, which was held by Luis Nery until “Pantera” missed weight ahead of his rematch with Shinsuke Yamanaka. WBC head honcho Mauricio Sulaiman, speaking with ESPN Deportes, confirmed that former WBA “Super” champion Rau’shee Warren will face fellow Olympian Nordine Oubaali for the title in October.

Oubaali (14-0, 11 KO) was supposed to face Petch Sor Chitpattana for the title in summer, but that seems to have fallen through after being delayed due to issues with the television provider. He’s still unproven as a pro, but nearly upset Zou Shiming in Beijing and has knocked out 10 of his last 11 opponents.

Warren (16-2, 4 KO) has been competing at super flyweight since his split decision loss to Zhanat Zhakiyanov, going 2-0 with a notable win over McJoe Arroyo. It’s understandable that he’d make the move back up for a title shot, though, and considering how close his loses to Zhakiyanov and WBSS competitor Juan Carlos Payano were, I’d imagine he’s still a threat at bantamweight.