WBO 27th Annual Convention – Day 3

The third and last day of works at WBO 27th Annual Convention at the Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, had today the final Championship and Ratings Committees meetings, and the city of Orlando, Florida, was proposed to host the 2015 WBO Convention.

The WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel heard the proposal of Orlando, Florida, to host next year Convention and said that San Juan, Puerto Rico was as an alternative site.

During the works of the last day several promoters and representatives of different promoters were in the Ratings Committee meetings, where President Valcárcel lead the works along with the members of the WBO Executive Committee.

108 pounds- Junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes will defend his belt on November 15 in the Philippines against the 5th ranked Carlos Velarde. According to their representatives, Nietes plans up to 112 pounds, so the title of the 108 might become vacant soon.

112 pounds- Flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada will defend his belt against the 8th ranked Joebert Alvarez on December 6 in Mexico.

115 pounds- Flyweight champion Omar Narvaez, who has 11 defenses of his 115 pounds belt after defending 16 times the WBO 112 pounds, will defend his flyweight belt in December.

122 pounds- The superbantamweights was voted for the interim title fight between the two top ranked as the champion Guillermo Rigondeaux was to defend against Chris Avalos after a purse bid, but Avalos decided not face Rigondeaux.

126 pounds- Featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko will defend his title for the first time versus the #1 ranked Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo on November 22 in Macao, China.

130 pounds- Junior lightweight champion Orlando Salido received a proposal to face #3 ranked Andrey Klimov in Russia. Representatives of Salido said that he could return to the ring between February and March 2015.

135 pounds- Lightweight champion Terence Crawford will defend his title on November 29 in Omaha against the #1 ranked Raymundo Beltran, with the possibility of Crawford up to 140 pounds if he beat Beltran, so that the title would be vacant. Representatives of the former World Champion Juan Diaz asked for him to be ranked first.

140 pounds- Junior welter champion Chris Algieri will challenge welterweight king Manny Pacquiao on November 22. As indicated by Paco Valcarcel, Algieri’s title will be vacant as he faces Pacquiao at 147 pounds. Representatives of the former champion Ruslan Provodnikov, asked to climb in the rankings at first place.

147 pounds- Welter champion Manny Pacquiao will defend his title on November 22 against the junior welterweight champ Chris Algieri. Representatives of former world champion Shawn Porter requested his inclusion in the WBO rankings at welterweight as well as the representatives of another former world champion Mike Alvarado.

154 pounds- Junior Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade will defend his belt for second time on December 13 versus #2 ranked Jermell Charlo in Las Vegas.

160 pounds- #1 ranked Matt Korovob and the 4th ranked Andy Lee will fight for the vacant middleweight title. It was proposed that the winner between undefeated Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr., who fight on November 29, then challenges the winner of Korobov and Lee.

168 pounds- Super Middleweight champion Arthur Abraham will face in rematch with Paul Smith possibly in February 2015.

175 pounds- Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev will defend his title on November 8 in an unification bout against Bernard Hopkins in Atlantic City.

Heavyweight- Super champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his belt on November 15, against #7 ranked Kubrat Pulev in Germany.

Today, several special recognitions were also awarded, as Chris Algieri received the Goldy Volkman award, Orlando Salido was honored for his sensational fight against Terdsak Kokietgym, Felix Verdejo as the best prospect of Puerto Rico, as well as promoters Wilfried Sauerland, Ulf Steinford among others. Tonight at the Final Gala other important fighters and boxing figures will be honored.

Boxing personalities like former multiple world champions Marco Antonio Barrera and James Toney, female champion Carolina Duer, world female champions Nao Ikehara and Kimiko Seser Ikeyama, former women’s world champion, Hanna Gabriels, among others, were in attendance.