WBO Orders Shakur Stevenson vs Joet Gonzalez in wake of Oscar Valdez vacating.
In the aftermath of former WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez vacating his title, the WBO has shifted their attention to ordering #1 ranked Shakur Stevenson (12-0, 7KO) and #2 contender Joet Gonzalez (24-0, 13KO) to fight for the vacant title!
After the WBO initially ordered Stevenson to face Valdez, the former champion sought to make fights with either Josh Warrington or Carl Frampton, however, neither of the bouts materialized. In the meantime, the organization had ordered a purse bid for Valdez vs Stevenson by the deadline of August 2.
The undefeated former champion announced he would move up to junior lightweight before the deadline.
Stevenson has been fast-tracked to a world title since turning pro following the 2016 Olympics. Many times, the young phenom has expressed wanting to face Warrington or Valdez for their titles. He is now at the cusp of accomplishing his goal albeit not getting the match-ups he was looking for. Although I doubt that makes a difference given what is at stake!
Gonzalez has been moved a bit slower, however, is respected as a highly skilled contender in the division. He has also expressed his want at a title shot recently.
Both camps have until September 5 to reach an agreement before a purse bid is ordered.
By: Corey Cunningham