WBO Orders Melvin Jerusalem To Face Oscar Collazo

Melvin Jerusalem May Be Defending His Title Against Oscar Collazo Next

Collage of Melvin Jerusalem Oscar Collazo
Melvin Jerusalem (Credit: FB - Melvin Jerusalem) | Oscar Collazo (Credit: DAZN).

Oscar Collazo On The Verge Of Title Shot Against Melvin Jerusalem


3KingsBoxing.com has learned WBO minimumweight champion Melvin Jerusalem (20-2, 11 KOs) has been ordered to face mandatory challenger Oscar Collazo (6-0, 4 KOs). In an email sent to both parties by the WBO, they state that Team Jerusalem and Team Collazo have fifteen days to reach a deal. If not, the bout will go to a purse bid.

WBO letter to Jerusalem and Collazo
WBO email ordering Melvin Jerusalem vs Oscar Collazo

Jerusalem is currently the only reigning world champion from the Philippines. He captured the title with a surprising second-round stoppage of Masataki Taniguchi on January 6. Collazo is coming off an impressive fifth-round knockout of Yudel Reyes on January 28 in a title eliminator.

TAKING DIFFERENT PATHS

What you would have in Jerusalem vs Collazo is a match-up of the grizzled veteran versus a challenger on the fast track. The defending champion has had his share of setbacks, including losing back-to-back fights in 2017. Regardless, through perseverance and determination, the Filipino has clawed his way to the top.

Observers of the lower-weight divisions view Collazo as a budding star. He’s been moved aggressively by co-promoters Miguel Cotto and Golden Boy. They believe the resident of Puerto Rico is a future world champion.

Stay tuned to 3kingsboxing.com for more detail when this match-up is finalized and announced.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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