The World Boxing Council is ordering a middleweight title eliminator between former junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (37-0) and former Olympian Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-3).
ESPN’s Mike Coppinger first reported word of the eliminator fight after the information was handed down to ESPN by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.
In 2018, Munguia won his first world title defeating Sadam Ali to win the WBO super welterweight title at just 22-years-old. After five successful title defenses, he decided to move up to the middleweight division.
Since joining the middleweight division, Munguia has won all three of his fights by stoppage with his most recent coming in June seeing him defeat Kamil Szeremeta. On that same card, veteran middleweight Gabriel Rosado pulled off an upset knockout victory over former Olympic silver medalist Bektemir Melikuziev.
Both Munguia and Rosado spoke openly about wanting to fight each other and were believed to be in negotiations to make it happen prior to this fight being ordered.
Derevyanchenko is in pursuit for a fourth world title opportunity after coming up short in his previous three fights against Daniel Jacobs, Gennady Golovkin and current WBC champion Jermall Charlo in what was his last bout last September.
However, Derevyanchenko has proven to be a tough outing any time he steps in the ring with many disputing that he deserved a decision victory over Golovkin.
This could be the toughest fight in Munguia’s career thus far as Derevyanchenko will be the biggest and most powerful fighter he has fought to date.
This is not the only fight to be ordered by the WBC as they also ordered a light heavyweight title fight between current champion Artur Beterbiev and Marcus Browne.