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Oscar Valdez vs. Matias Rueda upgraded to WBO title fight

They are the top two fighters in the organization's divisional rankings.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Vasyl Lomachenko has officially vacated his WBO featherweight title after moving up to 130 pounds to knock out Roman Martinez; as a result, Saturday’s bout between Oscar Valdez and Matias Rueda, which serves as the co-main event for Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol, has been upgraded to a twelve-round title fight.

The decision makes sense from a rankings perspective, as the WBO has the two listed at #1 and #2, respectively. Valdez (19-0, 17 KO) is certainly worthy to fight for a belt, especially considering his utter thrashing of the ever-tough Evgeny Gradovich last April. Rueda (26-0, 23 KO) owns the organization’s "Latino" title, so at least he has that going for him.

Regardless of whether we think it’s title-worthy, it’s a done deal, giving Saturday’s pay-per-view a little more gravitas and confirming Lomachenko’s continued adventures at super featherweight. This enough to get you to dish out $49.99 for the show?

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