Jason Sanchez replaces Erick Ituarte for June 8 ESPN World Title Fight vs. former two-time Olympian Oscar Valde
On Thursday, Top Rank Promotions announced that Albuquerque boxer Jason Sanchez would get the opportunity of a lifetime. He will be replacing Erick Ituarte (21-1-1, 3 KOs) on the June 8 to take on World Boxing Organization Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez in Reno, Nevada.
The move came after the WBO did not accept a Valdez title fight against Ituarte due to latter not being ranked in the sanctioning body’s top-15 rankings.
Sanchez (14-0, 7KOs), is currently ranked number 13 on the WBO rankings. His positioning along with his undefeated record, led to Sanchez being a suitable candidate for the title fight which will be nationally telecasted live on ESPN.
Valdez, a two-time Olympian for Mexico, is coming off of a February 7th round KO win over previously unbeaten Carmine Tommasone.
Valdez has been a staple for Top Rank Boxing since turning professional in 2012.
Sanchez is a newcomer to the promotion having signed a 12-fight deal with it in November of 2018. He caught many eyes with his upset with over Jean Carlos River last October in Panama.
Stay tuned for continued coverage from SWFight.com leading up to the contest