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WBO strips Guillermo Rigondeaux of a 122-pound belt

Junior featherweight WBO champion Guillermo Rigondeaux was stripped of one of his 122-pound title due to inactivity. The WBO world championship committee voted unanimously at its 28th annual convention.

Rigondeaux had not defended the belt since December 2014. The WBO committee noted that they tried to accommodate Rigondeaux by allowing him the option to defend the title against any fighter ranked in the top 15, which did not happen.

To fill the vacant title, the WBO will order on Thursday a fight between Mexico’s Cesar Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs), No. 1 in the organization’s ratings, and No. 2 Donaire (35-3, 23 KOs).

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