The International Boxing Federation (IBF) is in the news cycle yet again. Days after Terence “Bud” Crawford was stripped of the IBF Welterweight Championship, Jermell Charlo elected to relinquish his IBF Super Welterweight Championship.
“The IBF received notice from IBF Jr. Middleweight Champion Jermell Charlo considerately advising of his decision to vacate his IBF title. In a letter to IBF President Daryl Peoples, he expressed his gratitude to the IBF. Charlo noted his upcoming IBF mandatory obligation and the timing [is] an issue for him at the present moment in his career. He concluded the letter by respectfully relinquishing his title,” a statement from the IBF reads.
“The IBF wishes Jermell Charlo well in his future endeavors.”
The unified super welterweight champion has relinquished two of his super welterweight titles within the last two months. In his absence, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) elevated Tim Tszyu to champion status. Now, Bakhram Murtazaliev will fight “the next leading available contender” for the title.
“The IBF ordered a purse bid for the mandatory defense of the IBF Jr. Middleweight title between Jermell Charlo and Bakhram Murtazaliev to take place today, November 21, 2023,” the IBF stated.
“The IBF will now order #1 contender Murtazaliev to negotiate with the next leading available contender which is to be determined.”