2010-02-20 Elio Rojas w pts 12 Guty Espadas Jr, Zamna Poliforum, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - WBC
Having already pulled out of a unification fight of sorts against Yuriorkis Gamboa on 27 July due to hand and shoulder problems, Rojas was forced to have surgery in August and would be out of action until at least early 2011. The WBC stated that Rojas, having been appointed ‘champion in recess’ on 28 August, would get first crack at the title once fully fit.
Following that, it was announced that Hozumi Hasegawa and Juan Carlos Burgos would meet to decide the vacancy. While Burgos had beaten Ricardo Castillo (w rtd 11 at the Nihon Gaishi Hall, Nagoya, Japan on 26 November 2010) in an eliminator, Hasegawa’s last contest saw him shorn of his WBC bantamweight belt.