2010-02-20 Elio Rojas w pts 12 Guty Espadas Jr, Zamna Poliforum, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - WBC

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2010-02-20 Elio Rojas w pts 12 Guty Espadas Jr, Zamna Poliforum, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - WBC. Referee: Hector Afu. Scorecards: 119-109, 119-109, 120-108.

Having already pulled out of a unification fight of sorts against Yuriorkis Gamboa on 27 July due to hand and shoulder problems, after Rojas was forced to have surgery in August it was recognised that he would be out of action until at least early 2011. With this in mind, on 28 August, the WBC announced that Rojas had been appointed ‘champion in recess’, and that Hozumi Hasegawa and Juan Carlos Burgos would meet for the vacant title. They also stated that Rojas would get first crack at the title once fully fit. 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.