THE WBC have ordered Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell [pictured above on left alongside Jamie McDonnell] and unbeaten Mexican Rey Vargas to contest the WBC super-bantamweight title, which became vacant when Japan’s Hozumi Hasegawa announced his retirement. McDonnell’s promoter, Eddie Hearn – who made a flying visit to the WBC Convention earlier in the week – is currently working on a date for the contest, which will take place early in 2017.
In the same division, eliminators for the first two mandatory positions have been ordered between Mexican rivals Hugo Ruiz and Julio Ceja (the pair have already fought twice, with a win apiece), as well as Nonito Donaire of the Philippines and Panama’s Anselmo Moreno.
At super-middleweight, it was confirmed that the winner of the January 14 unification bout between WBC boss Badou Jack and his IBF counterpart, James DeGale, will meet Liverpool’s Callum Smith in their next bout. There was some concern that the IBF would enforce their mandatory, but they are willing to wait until Smith has received his chance.