Liam Wilson-Archie Sharp fight on Charlo-Tszyu undercard
At the junior lightweight division, the hole that was left behind by Shakur Stevenson has resulted in at least two big fights being secured, which will serve to rearrange the championship picture.
Matt Rose, who works with No Limit Boxing, has announced that an agreement to fight has been reached between Liam Wilson of Australia and Archie Sharp of England. On January 28, in Las Vegas, the fight will take place as part of the undercard of the undisputed junior middleweight title battle that will be contested between Jermell Charlo and Tim Tszyu, most likely at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Both Wilson and Tszyu are fought under the No Limit Boxing banner.
As a result of Stevenson’s (19-0, 9KOs) failure to make weight for his fight against Robson Conceicao on September 23, the WBO junior lightweight title, which had been vacant, and the WBC belt were both made available for the bout between Sharp and Wilson. This resulted in an increased amount of interest in the bout. Sharp, who competes for Probellum, is the current number one competitor, and Wilson is the current number four contender.
This is no longer the case, as it has been established that the current WBO featherweight champion, Emanuel Navarrete, intends to move up to the junior lightweight division for his next fight and has the first rights to challenge for the vacant junior lightweight title as a recognized ‘Super’ champion. This brings about a change in the status quo. It has been widely rumored that Navarrete (36-1, 30KOs) would fight former two-division titlist Oscar Valdez for the WBO 130-pound championship on February 3, at a site that has yet to be confirmed. The fight is scheduled to take place.
The WBO is currently mulling over a proposal by No Limit Boxing for Sharp-Wilson to serve as a final eliminator and with a guarantee to face the winner of the proposed Navarrete-Valdez title fight. This fight would also come with a guarantee to face the winner of the fight between Navarrete and Valdez.
Wilson is 11-1 with 5 knockouts and has won his last two fights
Wilson has won his previous two outings, including a revenge-fueled second-round knockout of Joe Noynay in March to avenge a devastating fifth-round stoppage setback last July. The fight took place to avenge a loss that took place in July. Wilson, a competitor who is 26 years old and from from Caboolture, Queensland, Australia, won his most recent fight, which took place on June 29 in Brisbane, by a unanimous decision after 10 rounds of competition against Matias Rueda.
Sharp (22-0, 9KOs) has progressively climbed in the WBO 130-pound rankings, and along his ascent to contention, he has taken aim at then-titlists Jamel Herring and Stevenson (19-0, 9KOs), who were both undefeated at the time. Since 2018, the Londoner, at 27 years old, has strategically participated in fights for WBO-sanctioned regional titles in order to advance his case.
Most recently, on June 18 in Leeds, England, Sharp defeated Alex Rat through unanimous decision after 10 rounds of competition.
Sharp and Wilson, who have both previously fought only in their respective countries of origin, will both be making their debuts in the United States of America for the very first time with this bout.
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