Despite reports of Jaime Munguia being in talks to take on Gabe Rosado later this year, those plans could change as the WBC has now formally ordered Munguia (37-0, 30 KOs) to face Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-3, 10 KOs) in a title eliminator bout. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman tells ESPN that a purse bid will be ordered for the bout if the two sides don’t reach an agreement by September 17. The winner of the bout would take the place as Jermall Charlo’s mandatory challenger at 160lbs.
Yet even in light of the WBC’s order it’s not certain that Munguia will follow through with the WBC’s plans to fulfill the fight. In fact Golden Boy president Eric Gomez says Munguia just found out about the WBC’s order and will convene with him next week to decide how they’d like to move forward.
Munguia, 24, has most recently won four straight fights by stoppage, last stopping Kamil Szeremeta in June. Derevyanchenko, 35, has lost three of his last four outings, last getting outpointed by Jermall Charlo in Fall 2020.