According to authoritative columnist Dan Rafael, the World Boxing Association (WBA) will soon determine the mandatory challenger for the reigning lightweight champion (up to 61.2 kg), American Teofimo Lopez (16-0-0, 12 KO). Oh yes, there are two of them. Don’t forget about Jervont Davis (24-0-0, 23 KO).
The opportunity to fight for the title will be played by the 8th number of the rating, 29-year-old Canadian Josh O’Reilly (16-0-0, 6 KO), and 10th, 27-year-old Briton James Tennyson (27-3-0, 23 KO). The twelve round bout will take place on December 4th in England and will be played on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders and Martin Murray.
If Tennyson can still boast of at least some tangible opposition (for example, an early defeat to the absolutely unstressed American Tevin Farmer), then O’Reilly, who spent his entire career at home, found himself in the top 15 in an absolutely incomprehensible way.