At the most ongoing World Boxing Organization convention in Panama, the # 1 ranked junior middleweight Dennis Hogan (27-1-1, 7 KOs) was unanimously approved as the mandatory challenger to undefeated WBO champion Jaime Munguia of Mexico.
First Hogan will have to win his next fight that will take place on December 15 in Australia. His opponent will be Jaime Weetch (12-2, 5 KOs).
Hogan has won five in a row since losing a twelve round unanimous decision to Jack Culcay in December of 2015.
In other WBO maneuvers, their world champion at 122 pounds, Isaac Dogboe, is already scheduled to defend his title against #2 ranked Emanuel Navarette on Saturday, December 8.
The sanctioning body declared the contest as a mandatory defense. The order gives Dogboe more flexibility in the aftermath, with respect to making any type of a voluntary defense, assuming he wins against Navarette.
With the upcoming fight declared a mandatory defense, Dogboe will have at least nine months before the WBO will once ask him to make another mandatory obligation. This opens the possible scenario for Dogboe to defend his title in Ghana in 2019, a scenario that his team has discussed for a long time.
Mini flyweight world champion (105 pounds) Vic Saludar (18-3, 10 KOs) of the Philippines, will soon find out the exact name of his future title challenger.
On Friday, December 7 in Puerto Rico, the NABO champion, Wilfredo ‘Bimbito’ Méndez (11-1, 4 KOs) of Puerto Rico and ranked # 7 by the WBO, will return to the ring against the No. 1 ranked player, WBO, Robert Paradero (17-0, 11 KOs), from the Philippines – in a match that WBO has just approved to establish the mandatory challenger to Saludar’s world title.