Earlier this week, the World Boxing Council ordered a middleweight world title eliminator between Mexico's Jaime Munguia and Ukrainian Olympian Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
The winner of the contest, revealed the organization, will be the mandatory challenger to current world champion Jermall Charlo.
Munguia looks forward to the fight, as Derevyancehnko has fought the very best along the way - like Charlo, Gennadiy Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs, and others.
“If the upcoming opportunity is with Derevyanchenko, it was always my dream to go for the world title of the World Boxing Council. I think that I will be able to gain great experience, because Derevyanchenko has fought with all of the elite, he is a very tough opponent and it would help me to gain confidence and the fans would believe in me more. It would serve me well in the future, but I think I would come out with my hand up,” Munguia said, according to Erika Montoya.
Munguia will speak to his promoters about that fight and what's next for his career.
A former WBO junior middleweight champion, Munguia eventually moved up the middleweight ranks and is now a leading contender.
“The truth is, this is a great honor for me, a lot of pride and the truth is that I would love to be fighting with Derevyanchenko. As a child I always dreamed of having the green and gold belt and if that gives me the opportunity of qualifying to fight for the title, then I would gladly accept it," Munguia said.
Munguia took part in his third middleweight fight back in June, when he stopped Polish contender Kamil Szeremeta in six rounds at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
Derevyanchenko has been out of the ring since losing a twelve round decision to Charlo in September of last year.