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WBO asks Charlo to defend super welterweight crown against Tszyu

/ 05:48 PM June 01, 2022

Jermell Charlo

Jermell Charlo (gold/red shorts) knocks down Brian Castano (white/pink shorts) during their super middleweight title fight at Dignity Health Sports Park on May 14, 2022 in Carson, California. Charlo won by knockout in the 10th round. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/AFP

The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has ordered undisputed super welterweight world champion Jermell Charlo to defend his title against Australian mandatory challenger Tim Tszyu.

Both camps have been given 20 days to reach an agreement before the WBO orders a purse bid.

“The WBO World Championship Committee hereby orders the … commencement of negotiations for the above-mentioned WBO Jr. middleweight mandatory championship contest,” the governing body said in a statement on Tuesday.

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American Charlo, who also holds the WBC, IBF and WBA belts, became the undisputed champion when he knocked out Brian Castano two weeks ago, while Tszyu beat Terrell Gausha by unanimous decision in his last fight in March.

FILE PHOTO: Bowyn Morgan (L) of New Zealand goes down after a punch from Tim Tszyu of Australia in their World-Title elimination bout during the Sydney Super Fight boxing event at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney, Australia, December 16, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

FILE PHOTO: Bowyn Morgan (L) of New Zealand goes down after a punch from Tim Tszyu of Australia in their World-Title elimination bout during the Sydney Super Fight boxing event at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney, Australia, December 16, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Tszyu, 27, can now match the feats of his father Kostya, who stunned Zab Judah in 2001 to claim the undisputed light welterweight crown.

“This is my Zab Judah moment,” the undefeated Tszyu told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.

“This is the moment every kid dreams of. The best thing about it is he reckons it will be a walk in the park. I can guarantee you that this is no walk in the park for him.”

Tszyu’s promoters, No Limit Boxing, said the fight would take place later this year, with the United States as the likely location.

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