With junior lightweight titlist Vasiliy Lomachenko expected to vacate his belt in the coming days after winning the lightweight title by stopping Jorge Linares in the 10th round on Saturday, Puerto Rico’s Christopher Diaz (23-0, 15 KOs), 23, and Japan’s Masayuki Ito (23-1-1, 12 KOs), 27, the WBO’s top two rated fighters at 130 pounds, would meet for the vacant belt. The plan is for them to fight July 28 on a Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ card in Kissimmee, Florida. Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN on Monday that Top Rank working out a deal with Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions that would send Ito to the United States for his first fight outside of Japan. Diaz would be the heavy crowd favorite because of the large Puerto Rican community in Kissimmee and nearby Orlando. Interim super middleweight world titleholder Jose Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) could also appear on the card.
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