WBO Orders Navarrete Vs. Berinchyk For The Vacant Lightweight Belt

The WBO has ordered Emanuel Navarrete vs Denys Berinchyk for the vacant lightweight title.

The belt became vacant after Devin Haney moved up to junior welterweight. Navarrete is the current WBO 130-pound champion and has used his ‘Super Champion’ status, allowing him to compete for the WBO title at 135. He won the belt after stopping Liam Wilson in the ninth round to become a three-weight world champion.

The Mexican defended the belt on two successful occasions with a win over Oscar Valdez and a majority draw against Robson Conceicao in his last fight. Navarrete’s record stands at 38-1-1, with 33 wins by knockout. He will face the second-highest-ranked fighter in Berinchyk.

The decision comes shortly after Navarrete was linked with facing Shakur Stevenson, the current WBC Lightweight Champion. The fight never materialized, and Shakur has since then claimed he was ‘retiring’ just as the WBO ordered Navarrete vs. Berinchyk.

Navarrete’s opponent is an Olympian, having won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics. The Ukrainian now has the chance to fight for a world title at 35. His record is 18-0, with nine wins by knockout. Victories over Yvan Mendy and Anthony Yigit, respectively, have put him on the cusp of a first-world title.

WBO’s Announcement

“Please be advised that the WBO World Championship Committee hereby orders the commencement of negotiations for the subject matter bout. The parties herein are granted 15 days upon notice of this order to reach an agreement. If an accord is not reached within the time frame outlined herein, purse bid procedures will be ordered pursuant to WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests,” WBO

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