The WBA has ordered a mandatory fight for its 105-pound champion, Thailand's Thammanoon Niyontrong a/k/a Knockout CP Freshmart (15-0). The Thai was ordered to defend against Rey Loreto from Philippines. Loreto is just 23-13, but he has not lost since 2013 and since then has a pair of wins over former IBF titlist Nkosinathi Joyi and a win over ex-WBA ruler Pornsawan Porpramook.
The resolution was sent on Tuesday April 17th and gives the boxers a period of 30 days to negotiate. If they fail to reach an agreement, the WBA Championships Committee will summon a purse bid.
According to the WBA resolution, rule 11 states that every champion must defend his title every 9 months. In the case, Niyontrong made his last mandatory defense last June 29, 2016 and his mandatory defense period is overdue since March 28, 2017.
WBA rule C-13 states that when the mandatory period elapses the champion cannot defend his title against any boxer than his mandatory challenger.
Niyonrong, was first the WBA minimum interim champion and won the regular belt after defeating Nicaragua Byron Rojas, and he has defended it twice.