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Navarrete Aims for History: WBO Orders Talks for Lightweight Title Showdown with Berinchyk

Emanuel Navarrete, a three-division champion and the reigning WBO 130-pound titleholder, is set to make history by pursuing the vacant WBO lightweight crown. The WBO has responded by ordering both Navarrete and the current number-one ranked contender, Ukraine’s Denys Berinchyk, to enter negotiations.

Image of Emanuel Navarrete,  holding his title belt

WBO Championship Committee chairman Luis Batista-Salas formally communicated this directive, providing a 15-day window for both parties to reach a deal. If an agreement isn’t reached within this timeframe, the WBO will initiate purse bid procedures, with the minimum bid set at $150,000 for the anticipated lightweight title clash.


Navarrete’s recent successes highlight his strategic prowess and ring dominance. He secured his third divisional belt with a comeback victory over Australia’s Liam Wilson, earning a ninth-round stoppage last February. Following successful defenses against Oscar Valdez and a thrilling draw with Robson Conceicao, Navarrete solidified his ‘Super Champion’ status.

an image of Denys Berinchyk wearing his title belt

Berinchyk, a 2012 Olympic Silver medalist and compatriot of boxing luminaries like Oleksandr Usyk and Vasiliy Lomachenko, poses a formidable challenge. Undefeated through nine years in the professional ranks, Berinchyk’s journey to this title opportunity includes notable victories over Yvan Mendy and Anthony Yigit.


As negotiations unfold, the boxing world eagerly anticipates the outcome of talks between Top Rank, representing Navarrete, and Alex Krassyuk’s K2 Promotion-Ukraine, overseeing Berinchyk’s interests. The prospect of Navarrete securing a title in a fourth weight class adds historic significance to this potential matchup.


In the lightweight division, following Devin Haney’s departure, the landscape has shifted with Shakur Stevenson claiming the WBC title. Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis holds the WBA belt, and an upcoming bout between Lomachenko and George Kambosos will determine the IBF titleholder.


As the negotiation period progresses, anticipation builds for a clash that could shape Emanuel Navarrete’s legacy, marking his journey to conquer uncharted territory in the world of boxing.


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