WBO Sets Up Potential Navarrete vs Lomachenko Bout
The WBO has officially elevated junior lightweight champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (38-1, 31KO) to the Super champion status. This development has ignited speculation about a potential showdown with multi-divisional sensation Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko for the vacant WBO lightweight title.
According to the WBO, Team Navarrete submitted a petition to the organization in August, requesting the Super champion designation. On September 22, the Championship Committee granted the request, as confirmed in a letter posted on the WBO website.
“The request is hereby granted to designate Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete as “WBO Super Champion” status in the WBO Jr. Lightweight Division.”
THE PLOT THICKENS WITH A POTENTIAL BLOCKBUSTER FIGHT ON THE HORIZON
As a Super champion, Navarrete becomes the mandatory challenger for the title in another weight division. Given his inclination to move up in weight, it’s evident that the lightweight division is the next stop.
If unified champion Devin “The Dream” Haney emerges victorious against the WBC junior welterweight title from Regis Prograis, he is expected to vacate the lightweight titles in pursuit of more significant challenges in the junior welterweight division.
Shakur Stevenson, currently the number one ranked contender, is set to fight for the vacant WBC title. Vasyl Lomachenko is ranked #2. With Team Navarrete’s desire to vie for the vacant belt, it sets the stage for a potential title clash.
The Mexican champion is riding high after following the biggest win of his career with a commanding performance against fellow stablemate and two-division champion Oscar Valdez on August 13.
Furthermore, Navarrete is scheduled to face two-time title challenger Robson Conceicao on November 16. With the opportunity to become a four-division champion, fans can expect an incredibly motivated and determined Navarrete in the ring.