12 Jul

It became known whether Fury will be stripped of his championship belt for the fight with Ngannou

The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has handed down a 24-hour deadline to welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez (19-1, 13 KOs) and lightweight champion Devin Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) to lay out their plans. This development was reported by respected journalist Mike Coppinger.

Per the WBO's decree, should Lopez neglect to communicate his intention to hold onto his title, it will be stripped from him and declared vacant. In that scenario, Jose Ramirez and Arnold Barbosa are poised to vie for the vacated title. These two fighters share more than a ring—they are both promoted by Top Rank and managed by Rick Mirigian.

Similarly, Devin Haney has been issued a 24-hour deadline by the WBO to confirm his intentions. Should Haney opt to step up into the premier welterweight division, he'll be pitted against Arnold Barboza.

Speaking on the predicament, Rick Mirigian, who manages the fighters, said: "I have spoken with Ramirez and Barboza, they both respect each other and have agreed to fight if Lopez remains retired and Haynie remains at his weight. I look forward to working with Top Rank and I am confident that we will be able to satisfy the wishes of both fighters and organize an incredible fight for ESPN."

This forceful move by the WBO necessitates swift decisions from both Lopez and Haney, leaving fans on tenterhooks as they wait to discover the fighters' choices and observe how this fresh twist in the boxing saga unfolds.