NEW YORK — Jermell Charlo looks “f—up” at the WBO to strip his junior middleweight title as soon as he faces champion Canelo Alvarez. Super middleweight without issue
Charlo, the unified 154-pound champion of boxing in the four belt era intends to return to that model He’ll have to do so without one of the four titles he’s won in the ring, however, as the WBO told Charlo recently that it would elevate Tim Tszyu from interim champion to full-time champion when Charlo challenges Alvarez for Su’s IBF, WBA. Mexican Superstar, WBC and WBO Championship 168 lbs September 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The WBO may dethrone Charlo before he goes into the ring to fight Alvarez. by allowing him to retain his junior middleweight title until September 30, although their Showtime Pay-Per-View mainstream could be billed as “No problem with no problem”
The WBO cited its rules as the driving force behind the San Juan sanctions organization. Based in Puerto Rico, in promoting Tszyu, a longtime mandated challenger for one of Charlo’s championship bouts, they are scheduled to fight Jan. 28 in Las Vegas. But Charlo broke two bones in his left hand during practice a few days before Christmas last year.
Their battle should be rescheduled. But Charlo chooses to face Alvarez for more money. Charlona will have to fight Alvarez twice at 168 pounds if he wins next month. because Alvarez has a rematch clause in his contract
Charlo still can’t understand why the WBO won’t let him keep his 154-pound heavyweight title while he chases greats with Alvarez.
“I think it’s unfair,” Charlo told a group of reporters Tuesday after a news conference at Palladium Times Square. “You know, the WBO has been on my neck for a very long time. When I hurt my hand, they said, ‘Hey, you need to send this in.’ I’d go back and forth to the doctor, f—— CAT scans and MRIs, stuff like that! And like they wouldn’t believe it at first, Big Brother someone else got hurt or something and they just let the sh!t be the way it was.
“So I feel like if they really care about me, if they mess with me, they’ll take my X-rays and MRI and all of that and do it myself. Instead of trying to mess with the guy You know what I mean? I feel like it’s cool I haven’t argued yet. I don’t argue baby I don’t argue with my family I don’t argue with the boxing world and that’s it, I’m fine with that.”
Tszyu (23-0, 17 KOs) captured the WBO junior middleweight title when he stopped former WBC champion Tony Harrison (29-4-1, 21 KOs) in the ninth round on March 12 at Qudos. Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia, Tszyu’s hometown. Three months later, Tszyu defended that interim champion by knocking out Carlos Ocampo of Mexico (35-3, 23 KOs) in the first round of their June 18 bout at the Gold Coast Convention Center in Broadbeach, Australia
The WBO belt was the last title in the 154-pound division won by Charlo and became champion of the 15 division 15 months ago. 10th round match for the WBO crown in May 2022 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson City. California
Charlo, 33, paid a huge sanctions fee to the WBO for his two fights against Castano. The first, which resulted in a 12-round draw, was held in July 2021 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Charlo is expected to pay another three percent of his seven-figure paycheck to the WBO for his fight with Alvarez, who is often listed as a 4-1 favorite unless they come to a personal deal with the WBO. IBF, WBA, WBC and/or WBO Alvarez (59-2-2, 39 KOs) and Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KOs) will pay 12 percent of the pocket respectively in penalties. A fee for the right to remain or become the undisputed super middleweight champion of boxing.
“And I pay my dues,” Charlo points out. “Hey, I pay them dues and treat them well. And if they want something from me I will be there for them.”
That’s what makes it harder for Charlo to accept losing his WBO junior middleweight title without a chance to defend his title.
“I don’t know, brother,” Charlo said. “They’re biased. Everyone does, like half of your writers. Being favoritism by you guys. It’s cool. I didn’t stumble upon that. I can’t fight with my wits here I can only fight alone You know what I’m sayin’? So I’ll give the writers they respect. I hope you change the narrative from the old way. What do you think about the Charlo twins? Come to realize and separate me from my brother. and separate me
“My name is Jermell Charlo… Now I’m fighting an uncontroversial fight. [going up] two parts weight So you deserve the best from me. You know what I’m saying? and be proud of what I do Instead of hating and cursing me I should be on the pound for pound list. For anyone without me I should live with it.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/column for BoxingScene.com He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.
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