By Steve Kim

After his eye-opening performance on April 9th on the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley pay-per-view undercard – where he stopped former IBF featherweight world champion Evgeny Gradovich in four rounds, undefeated 126-pound contender Oscar Valdez could be on the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol HBO Pay-Per-View card in the summer.

On June 11th in New York City, the current WBO 126-pound titlist Vasyl Lomachenko will be moving up in weight to face Rocky Martinez presumably for his WBO super featherweight belt.

The move by Lomachenko would likely free up the WBO featherweight crown, which in turn would allow Valdez to fight for the vacant belt.

Valdez’s manager, Frank Espinoza, told – “Right now we’ve been working with Top Rank with the possibility of coming back on July 23rd for the vacant (WBO) title. Valdez is on board, that’s his dream, he wants to fight for the world title. It’s just about negotiating the terms for that date. If we can make it work, then we’ll move forward.”

Valdez (19-0, 17 KO’s) is the top rated challenger by the WBO and ranked second is Matias Rueda (26-0, 23 KO’s) of Argentina.

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