Top Rank and Shakur Stevenson are heading back to the negotiating table in pursuit of the featherweight title.
The unbeaten rising contender will contend for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight title, which was recently vacated by long-reigning undefeated titlist Oscar Valdez who will now campaign at super featherweight. Rather than naming his next opponent, however, Stevenson (12-0, 7KOs) and Top Rank have been ordered to come to terms with the next-highest ranked challenger, California’s Joet Gonzalez (23-0, 14KOs).
“Please be advised the parties have thirty (30) days upon receipt of this letter to negotiate and reach an agreement regarding the Vacant WBO Featherweight Championship Contest between Shakur Stevenson and Joet Gonzalez,” Luis Batista Salas, chairman of WBO championship committee stated in a letter submitted to Rank and Golden Boy Promotions (Gonzalez’s promoter) on Tuesday.
“If an accord is not reached within the time frame set forth herein, a Purse Bid will be ordered pursuant with the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests.”