Bob Arum Wants Shakur Stevenson Vs. Miguel Berchelt, Oscar Valdez Vs. Emanuel Navarrete To Unify WBO And WBC Titles

Top Rank President Bob Arum has a plan to unify the super featherweight titles.

Arum described his plans like a four-man tournament. It would include fresh WBO super featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson taking on Miguel Berchelt and WBC super featherweight king Oscar Valdez go against Emanuel Navarrete.

The winners of the respective fights would then face in a unification showdown.

“We can suggest it to the fighters. But ultimately it is the fighters and their management who decide who to fight next,” Arum told Sky Sports.

“We’d see how Shakur does with Berchelt, then we can match the winners. I think that’s the way to go. That’s what we will suggest to them,” he added.

Arum represents all four boxers.

Stevenson is coming off an October 23 TKO win over former titleholder Jamel Herring. Despite previous trash talk, Stevenson showed his 35-year-old opponent respect after the fight.

After the win, the 24-year-old called out Valdez.

Valdez (30-0, 23 KOs) is coming off a September unanimous decision win versus Robson Conceicao, despite controversy leading up to the fight. His A-and B-samples tested positive for a banned substance, but the boxer was still allowed to make his title defense.

Berchelt (38-2, 34 KOs), meanwhile, is looking to get back into the winning column after a knockout loss to Valdez in February. He was on a seven-year winning streak prior the loss.

Navarrete (35-1, 29 KOs) survived a brutal 12-round war against Joet Gonzalez, besting him via unanimous decision in October. His only career loss was from 2012 to Daniel Argueta.

“I hope to have Shakur back in the ring in March or April. Same thing with Valdez and Navarrete,” Arum said.

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