During the WBC’s virtual convention, president Mauricio Sulaiman revealed that super bantamweight titlist Rey Vargas has been named champion in recess due to a broken leg that will keep him out of action for “more than eight months.” That said, the regular belt won’t remain vacant for long, as the long-delayed clash between Luis Nery and Aaron Alameda will join the September 26th Charlo doubleheader on Showtime PPV and serve as a title fight.
In addition, former unified champion Daniel Roman (27-3-1, 10 KO) will face Juan Carlos Payano (21-3, 9 KO) in one of two ordered eliminators.
Nery (30-0, 24 KO) figures to be a considerable favorite over Alameda (25-0, 13 KO), whose unbeaten record is mostly fluff. “Pantera” fights for the first time since stopping the aforementioned Payano in July of last year; a planned clash with WBSS vet Emmanuel Rodriguez fell through after Nery once again missed weight.
Roman stopped Shun Kubo for the WBA super bantamweight belt in 2017, defending it three times before overpowering TJ Doheny for the IBF belt. Though he was unable to overcome mandatory challenger Murodjon Akhmadaliev, he figures to get back in the winner’s circle against the game but undersized Payano, a career bantamweight previously linked to a summer clash with Reymart Gaballo.
The Showtime PPV card features Jermall Charlo vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Jermell Charlo vs. Jeison Rosario, both excellent matchups and legitimate tests for the reigning champions.