In a surprising move, Dan Rafael reports that Jaime Munguia will pass on his WBC-ordered last eliminator against Sergiy Derevyanchenko and delete a wallet scheduled for this Friday. The Mexican young gun “goes in a different direction.”
I tend to be side-eye fighters who reject eliminators, but I’m honestly on board with this. Munguia (37-0, 30 KO) is already the WBO’s obligatory challenger, meaning the match would not get him closer to a title shot than he already is. Plus, he apparently has a fight with Gabe Rosado on the table, and that matchup is pretty damn appealing after the “Kings” thunderous knockout of Bektemir Melikuziev.
As for Derevyanchenko (13-3, 10 KO), who has lost three of his last four to division standouts Daniel Jacobs, Gennadiy Golovkin and Jermall Charlo, WBC will likely go down the rankings to find a new opponent. “The Technician” sits at # 2 ahead of Chris Eubank Jr., Janibek Alimkhanuly, Maciej Sulecki and Liam Williams.
UPDATE: Mauricio Sulaiman claims he “accepted a request” to delay the Derevyanchenko match until after the Rosado match.