By Miguel Rivera
The WBO issued an order on August 1 which directs the camps behind World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terry Flanagan and top rated Felix Verdejo to reach an agreement within 20 days.
Verdejo's promoter Bob Arum of Arum would like to match Verdejo against Flanagan on November 5th in Las Vegas, as part of the undercard to the comeback of Manny Pacquiao.
The veteran promoter will speak with Flanagan's promoter, Frank Warren, to discuss the possibility of making that fight.
Verdejo, 23 and unbeaten with a record of 22-0 and 15KO's, and is coming off a knockout win in the fifth round over Juan José 'Piquet' Martinez at the Theater at Madison Square Garden last month. The victory also made the WBO Latino champion shoot up as the top ranking lightweight.
Flanagan (31-0 12KO's) was in action two weeks ago and defeated South African Mzonke Fana by way of unanimous decision at the Ice Arena in Cardiff, Wales, in what was his third title defense.
If Flanagan and Verdejo are unable to reach a deal, the WBO will call for a purse bid. Flanagan is a wanted man with numerous fighters who want to face him - including the comebacking former two division world champion Mikey Garcia.