Ghana’s Emmanuel “Gameboy” Tagoe (30-1, 14 KOs) is now the number-one contender in the WBO lightweight division.
According to the rankings released by the international body for May, the Ghanaian is likely to be the next opponent of the champion in that division.
Unified champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs), is the champion at 135. He also holds the WBA titles as well.
Lomachenko is currently on the mend after suffering an injury during his blistering fourth-round KO over Anthony Crolla in April. The Ukraine native is expected to make his ring return in September, most likely against England’s Luke Campbell.
Ghana’s Tagoe was earlier ranked third, before making a quick move to the top spot.
In his most recent bout, Tagoe dominated overmatched Russian, Vyacheslav Gusev, last February. He was due to fight in the U.S. under his new promoter, New York-based DiBella Entertainment, but has not been able to leave the country.
Tagoe is expected to be back in the ring on June 15, as he takes on Julius Munyelele Indongo of Namibia, in Kumasi.