By Mark Vester
WBO president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel had ordered two bantamweight eliminators with two bouts where the winners will face each other in 2010. The reasoning is for the constant stall for a fight between WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel and mandatory Eric Morel. The fight has been postponed a number of times. After Montiel suffered a bad cut during his recent defense against Alex Valdez, he didn't think he could heal in time and withdrew from a November 14 defense against Morel.
Eric Morel and Filipino fighter Z Gorres will clash for the interim-WBO bantamweight title on November 14. That fight will take place on the Manny Pacquioa-Miguel Cotto undercard, adding more Puerto Rico vs. Philippines juice to the card.
Paco also ordered for Montiel to defend his full WBO title against former champion Gerry Penalosa in December. The winner of both fights will face each other in 2010 to crown one sole WBO bantamweight champion.
"It is in the WBO's interest for there to be only one [WBO] champion in each division," said Paco to ESTO.
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