Gonzalez To Face Nishioka-Garcia Winner For WBC Title

By Mark Vester

Recently the WBC announced that super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez would be stripped of the title and elevated to the status of "champion emeritus." Vazquez has been recovering from surgical procedures to repair a detached retina. There is no set time line as to when he will be cleared by doctors to return, but his new status will give him an immediate title shot at whoever is the champion.

Former champions Jhonny Gonzalez and Rafael Marquez were both named by the WBC as being in the running to fight the winner of the January 3 bout between interim champion Toshiaki Nishioka and Genaro Garcia. Gonzalez's attorney, Reginaldo Kuchle, told ESTO that his fighter is expected to receive the opportunity. Marquez is looking for major fights and he was recently linked to a possible fight with WBA/IBF super bantamweight champ Celestino Caballero.

If Nishioka wins, a fight with Gonzalez will likely take place in Japan, but if Garcia pulls it out, the Gonzalez bout will head off to Mexico.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Silencers on 12-21-2008

I think Gonzalez will come out on top in the end, wonder if Vazquez would fight him again if Gonzalez does indeed win the title.

Comment by KSTAT124 on 12-21-2008

[QUOTE=badboypeenoy;4493626]This move by the WBC should be called the "making-sure-we-keep-the-belts-in-Mexico" move. I say let number #2 Rafa Marquez battle #3 Gonzales or #4 Concepcion for the title. Not unrated Nishioka or #11 Garcia. :D[/QUOTE]What ratings are you using? The WBC's…

Comment by cool-jupiter on 12-20-2008

I'm pretty sure Nishioka has had what it takes to be a world champion. It was just that then world champion Sahaprom was in his prime and way better than him. I watched the full rounds of Hasegawa - Garcia,…

Comment by badboypeenoy on 12-20-2008

This move by the WBC should be called the "making-sure-we-keep-the-belts-in-Mexico" move. I say let number #2 Rafa Marquez battle #3 Gonzales or #4 Concepcion for the title. Not unrated Nishioka or #11 Garcia. :D

Comment by warp1432 on 12-20-2008

[[email protected]@PR;4493563]Thanks for the schooling I didnt know he gave a good effort against Hazegawa!!!!![/QUOTE] I haven't seen the whole fight, but I've seen rounds 1, 6, and 12. Garcia gave a good effort in all of them and really had…

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