Alex Winwood returns to action on December 1 in Perth - Image: Dragon Fire Boxing/Supplied

In the 12 months since his burgeoning professional career started, Alex Winwood (3-0, 2 KOs) has set about chasing greatness, taking on all comers to do so.

The 26 year old showed his valiant nature in his most recent contest, outpointing Nicaragua’s Reyneris Gutierrez (10-1, 2 KOs) to move to number two in the WBC’s Minimumweight rankings.

Now, things have taken another positive turn, resulting in a clear path to World title glory.

On November 15, the WBC announced during its annual convention in Tashkent, Uzbekistan that the Australian has been ordered to fight undefeated Mexican, Luis Castillo (21-0-1, 13 KOs) in a final title eliminator.

Of this, the winner will then be scheduled to face reigning champion Yudai Shigeoka (8-0, 5 KOs).

Winwood’s manager Tony Tolj of Dragon Fire Boxing told of his elation upon hearing of the recent news.

“The team is wrapt with the WBC for ordering the fight. Alex is a man on a mission and is a trailblazer setting his own path,” he told The Inner Sanctum.

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While the decision has brought about excitement, the team know they cannot afford to get ahead of themselves.

Aside from the slated Castillo showdown, Winwood also has business to take care of on December 1, where he is set to tangle with Filipino southpaw, Cris Ganoza (20-5, 10 KOs) in the main event of Thunderdome 44 in Perth.

Set for 10 rounds, the meeting looms as another quality international test for the rising contender to face head on.

As an added bonus, the bout will serve as a litmus test of sorts for Winwood, given that Ganoza battled Shigeoka in 2022.

The threat of future opportunities being undermined by such a battle-tested foe is one being taken very seriously by Tolj and company.

“Our hit list has begun, Ganoza, then Castillo then the champ, but we aren’t overlooking anyone,” he concluded.

“Everything starts with Ganoza and I believe you will see Alex go to another level.

“Exciting times ahead for The A-Rock.”

Winwood vs Ganoza goes down on December 1 and can be streamed live on Fite, here.

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