Charlo Will Lose The WBO Belt, Tszyu Is The New Champion, Crawford’s 154 Undisputed Aspirations Suffer A Blow

Undisputed junior-middleweight champion Jermell Charlo will lose his WBO belt after his fight with Canelo Alvarez

Charlo will jump up two-weight divisions to take on the Mexican in the hope of becoming undisputed at super-middleweight.

But in the process of doing so, the American will be stripped at 154 and be replaced by the interim champion, and mandatory challenger, Tim Tszyu who will become the full champion.

The ruling arrives after several attempts at getting the fight made between Tszyu and Charlo failed. The pair were set to face each other in January only for Charlo to pull out with a broken left hand.

Although there were attempts to get the fight rescheduled, Charlo’s injury took longer to heal. As a result, Tszyu remained active, beating Tony Harrison, and Carlos Ocampo.

But given that Charlo moved up to face Canelo, the WBO has now ruled in favour of Tszyu. 

        “The WBO will sanction Canelo/Charlo scheduled for September 30, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  1. b) Charlo will be allowed to enter the ring as WBO Champion and be announced as such (WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion).

  2. c) After Charlo enters the ring on September 30, 2023, and is officially introduced as WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion, his status and recognition as WBO Champion is terminated “Ipso Facto.”

  3. d) After Charlo’s WBO Champion status and recognition are terminated under the section mentioned above (c) of this Resolution, Tim Tszyu will be automatically elevated from Interim Champion to Full Champion status,” WBO

The implications of the decision are as follows: Charlo will enter the ring with Alvarez as an undisputed champion. However, once the bell goes, he will no longer hold the WBO belt.

Therefore, there is an increasing pressure on Charlo to come out victorious. In addition, Terence Crawford’s bid to become undisputed at 154 have now suffered.

The undisputed welterweight champion was targeting a bout with Charlo for all the belts. And yet, since Crawford is the ‘super welterweight champion,’ he will be Tszyu’s mandatory if he moves up to 154.  

As such, a fight with Charlo for all the belts could still occur later down the line.

 

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