Srisaket Sor Rungvisai 50-5-1 (43) is insisting on facing WBC and WBA super flyweight champion Juan Francisco ‘El Gallo’ Estrada 42-3 (28) in his next fight.
The 34-year-old Thai southpaw cemented his position as the WBC mandatory contender with a three-round demolition of Ekkawit Songnui 50-8-1 (27) in Bang Phun, Thailand on Saturday.
On the same day Estrada added Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez’s WBA belt to his WBC strap with a hard-fought split decision victory in their rematch in Dallas, Texas.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has flagged a trilogy between Estrada and Gonzalez 50-3 (41), but a third fight between the Mexican and Nicaraguan rivals will have to wait if Rungvisai has his way.
“I want to fight Estrada next,” former two-time WBC 115-pound champion Rungvisai said to Fightnews. “It was promised to me that I will get to fight the winner of Estrada and Chocolatito by August or September this year. I will have trilogy with Estrada next. Then, after Estrada, I will have the trilogy with Chocolatito if the fans want to see it.”
“I have been the mandatory challenger of Estrada for over a year now, so he should fight me next. If Estrada does not take the mandatory fight against me, it can only mean that he is scared of fighting me. I cannot take it any other way.
“His team asked for the unification fight against Chocolatito and they already got what they wanted. They said they would have Estrada to fight me right after the Chocolatito fight. They should respect their own promises and fight me.
“If Estrada avoids his mandatory fight against me again, I really don’t think he can have the dignity as a true world champion. Will you be able to carry the world title belts around, acting like a champ, but being scared of fighting your mandatory challenger?
“Will you really be able to look at yourself in the mirror in the morning, knowing in your heart that you are avoiding your mandatory and telling yourself that you are the world champion? If you avoid me again, then all you are doing is lying to yourself.
“I have been his mandatory for over a year now. I did everything I had to do to be the next opponent. I earned my rights. I deserve it. I beat Chocolatito twice when he was the number one pound-for-pound fighter. I am the only one to beat Chocolatito convincingly and by KO.
“I am tied with Estrada with 1 win and 1 loss. I have been waiting patiently as the mandatory challenger. I gave Estrada and Chocolatito the opportunity to unify their titles with their promises to fight me right after. I did everything I had to do and could do. I deserve to be next.
“When I was the champion, I gave both Estrada and Chocolatito their opportunities as the mandatory challengers whenever it was ordered. I did three mandatory fights against Chocolatito and Estrada within two years.
“Estrada has been WBC world champion for two years now and he has made zero mandatory defence. Do you see the difference? How can he and his team justify that they are not avoiding the mandatory fight when he has made zero mandatory defence in two years while I did three mandatory defences in two years when I was the champion?
“If he avoids it again this time, it will be impossible to justify his position as the WBC world champion. He will have to vacate it. And if he vacates his title, it can only mean that he is scared of fighting me.”