Jeo gets title shot

THE World Boxing Organization (WBO) elevated the February 5 fight between Filipino Jeo Santisima and American Joet Gonzalez as an international featherweight championship duel, MP Promotions President Sean Gibbons said.

Gibbons said on Sunday that the WBO wrote Top Rank’s chief Bob Arum about the development. The Santisima-Gonzalez fight is one of the undercards in the Jose Ramirez-Jose Pedraza duel at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.

“This is my second chance to fight for a title, I am so thankful to God for this opportunity,” said Santisima (21-3 win-loss record with 18 knockouts), who will face Gonzalez (24-2 record with 14 knockouts), one of Top Rank’s newest boxers.

The WBO also declared the supposed non-title fight between Jonas Sultan and Puerto Rico’s Carlos Caraballo into an international bantamweight showdown last October in New York City. Sultan captured the belt via unanimous decision.