Vasyl Lomachenko will be staying at lightweight for the time being after promoters Top Rank informed the World Boxing Organisation of the Ukrainian’s decision to vacate the WBO super-featherweight title.
On the back of an impressive stoppage of Jorge Linares to claim the WBA strap at 135 pounds, Lomachenko will now focus his efforts on landing a unification match-up.
Top Rank stablemate Ray Beltran is said to be the main target for later this summer.
WBN obtained a copy of the letter from Top Rank to the WBO, which reads as follows:
Mr. Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel
San Juan, PR
Hope all is well.
I am writing you on behalf of Team Lomachenko. As you are well aware on May 12 Vasiliy moved up in weight to challenge WBA Lightweight champion Jorge Linares.
As you say he was successful in capturing the lightweight title. Vasiliy wishes to continue to campaign in the lightweight division, therefore, we respectfully relinquish our WBO Junior Lightweight title so that an opportunity may be given to the ranked contenders to compete for the vacant belt.
Paco, we are so grateful to you and the WBO family for affording us the privilege of being a WBO World Champion from the start of his career. We hope in the near future we will once again be afforded the chance to fight for another championship with the WBO.
As always, we thank you for your continued support and friendship.
Vice President/Boxing Operations
Christopher Diaz and Masayuki Ito are the number one and two in the April WBO super-featherweight ratings.
Current WBO Top 15 at 130 pounds:
1 Christopher Diaz (NABO) PR
2 Masayuki Ito (Asia-Pacific) JPN
3 Evgeny Chuprakov (Int-Cont) RUS
4 Francisco Vargas MEX
5 Jeremiah Nakathila (WBO Africa) NAM
6 Masaru Sueyoshi JPN
7 Billy Dib AUST
8 Ryan Garcia USA
9 Mikail Alexeev (WBO Youth) RUS
10 Orlando Salido MEX
11 Ruben Horacio Centeno (Latino Int.) ARG
12 Francisco Fonseca (Latino) CR
13 Avery Sparrow USA
14 Joe Noynay (Asia-Pacific Youth) PHI
15 Leon Woodstock (WBO Europe) UK