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WBC orders Ryan Garcia vs Isaac Cruz final eliminator

The sanctioning body also ordered O’Shaquie Foster vs. Eduardo Ramirez, Noel Mikaelian vs. Thabiso Mchunu, and Jason Moloney vs. Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai

Ryan Garcia v Emmanuel Tagoe Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Well, guess they have to negotiate this time. The WBC has ordered a lightweight final eliminator between Ryan Garcia and Isaac Cruz, giving the pair until June 14th to come to terms and avoids a purse bid.

In case that tweet’s not showing up for you, they’ve also ordered O’Shaquie Foster vs. Eduardo Ramirez for a crack at Shakur Stevenson, Noel Mikaelian vs. Thabiso Mchunu for a shot at Ilunga Makabu, and Jason Moloney vs. Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai to met the winner of Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire 2.

Garcia (22-0, 18 KO) vs. Cruz (23-2-1, 16 KO) is the big news, though. Even if the winner likely won’t get a title shot for quite a while, as the WBC will return to the back of the rotation after Devin Haney challenges George Kambosos Jr., it’s got the potential to be a real slobberknocker. Garcia’s still looking to regain his momentum after ending a long layoff with a dud decision over Emmanuel Tagoe, while Cruz is riding high following his war with Gervonta Davis and recent euthanizing of Yuriorkis Gamboa.

We’ll keep you all updated as negotiations progress.

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