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Christopher Diaz vs Masayuki Ito likely for vacant 130-pound belt

Ito would be coming to the United States for the first time.

Vasyl Lomachenko v Guillermo Rigondeaux Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Vasyl Lomachenko is likely going to vacate his WBO super featherweight title in the coming days, after winning the WBA “world” lightweight title from Jorge Linares this past Saturday, and that opens up a belt. There’s already a fight in the works for the vacant 130-pound title, according to ESPN.

That fight would pit unbeaten Christopher Diaz (23-0, 15 KO), a 23-year-old Top Rank prospect who has risen to contender status, against Masayuki Ito (23-1-1, 12 KO), a 27-year-old Japanese fighter who would be making his debut on U.S. soil.

The fight would take place on July 28 in Kissimmee, Florida, just outside of Orlando, and be aired on ESPN+.

Diaz has stepped up his competition in his last two, but still hasn’t fought a serious contender, though to be fair Ito hasn’t, either. He stopped Bryant Cruz in three rounds on the Lomachenko-Rigondeaux card last December, and most recently put Braulio Rodriguez away in four on St. Patrick’s Day.

Ito has won seven straight and picked up the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific super featherweight titles in the last three years.

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