Timothy Bradley’s decision to keep his WBO welterweight title, won in controversial fashion against Manny Pacquiao last month, forced the Palm Springs fighter to officially vacate his 140 lb. strap.
The WBO, though, wasted no time in elevating interim junior welterweight titlist, Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs), to full champ status.
Marquez, who won the vacant interim title in a bout with Serhiy Fedchenko last April, is scheduled to face Filipino southpaw, Al Sabaupan (19-1-1, 14 KOs) on July 21st at a Mexican venue to be named later.
The 38-year-old counter puncher now officially becomes a four-division world champ with titles at junior welterweight, lightweight, super featherweight, and featherweight.
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