Though Jermall Charlo hasn’t fought in well over a year, he still thinks about who he’s taking on next.
The WBO middleweight champion was at the Regis Prograis vs. Jose Zepeda WBC super lightweight title fight on Saturday in California and crossed paths with undefeated WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol – also known as the man he wants to fight next.
Bivol said that he’s only interested in title fights from now on, but he didn’t seem to mind entertaining the possibility.
Fight Hype caught the encounter.
Charlo: “Wanna fight me? You wanna fight me?”
Bivol: “Why not? [Laughs]. “Which weight?”
Bivol: “Yeah, could be [a possibility]. For four belts. You know my goal, to be honest, is fighting for belts … Do you have belts now?”
Charlo: “I’ve got the WBC [middleweight title]
Bivol: “160? C’mon.”
Charlo: “168. C’mon.”
Bivol: “Do you have belt for 168? When you do, let’s fight.”
Charlo: “No belt. Just attraction. Let’s do it.”
But the matchup is unlikely; mostly because the two are managed by rival promotions. Charlo is with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions while Bivol is with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.
The only way the two could cross paths in the ring is if one of them were to capture the undisputed super middleweight crown from Canelo Alvarez.
Alvarez has expressed that he wants a rematch with Bivol and Charlo has been one of the names that fans have called on the Mexican star to face.
Bivol recently bested Gilberto Ramirez by unanimous decision earlier this month.
Charlo last fought in June 2021 where he defeated Juan Macias Montiel. He remains undefeated, like Bivol.