WBO Give Teofimo Lopez 24-Hour Title Ultimatum
The WBO has handed their super lightweight champion, Teofimo Lopez, a 24-hour deadline to inform them that he wants to keep his world title.
If Lopez doesn’t personally confirm via text that he wants to keep his title, then the championship will be declared vacant.
Arnold Barboza Jr and Jose Ramirez have been ordered to fight for the vacant WBO title with a 20-day negotiation period starting today – if Lopez keeps his belt, this order will be rescinded.
Undisputed Lightweight champion, Devin Haney, also now has 24 hours to confirm to the sanctioning body whether he wants to use his super champion status if Lopez’s title is vacated.
If Haney does want to fight for the WBO title and Lopez vacates, the organisation will withdraw its Barboza vs Ramirez order and instead order Barboza vs Haney.
Haney is rumoured to be in negotiations with Eddie Hearn/ Matchroom Boxing to face WBC champion Regis Prograis.
If Lopez vacates and Haney doesn’t use his super champion status, the Barboza-Ramirez order goes through and they will contest the vacant belt.
Lopez can come back and become the mandatory challenger to the Barboza-Ramirez winner within 12 months of the fight taking place.
This is a developing story and more updates will follow.