Jermell Charlo is reportedly ready to make the first defense of his super welterweight titles. As reported by ESPN’s Knockout, Charlo has agreed to put his titles on the line against undefeated challenger Tim Tszyu of Australia. Neither a date nor a venue has been locked in for the super welterweight showdown.
Charlo enters the showdown with a record of 35-1-1 with 19 knockouts. At 32 years old, he has put together one of the strongest resumés in boxing. The Texas native has picked up wins against Erickson Lubin, Austin Trout and Tony Harrison. Most recently, he bounced back from the lone draw of his career to stop Brian Castaño in the 10th round of an all-out war in May.
Tszyu does not have the lengthy resumé that Charlo has, but he does come from a boxing family. His father, Kostya, is a former undisputed super lightweight champion with victories against Zab Judah and Julio César Chavez. Following in his father’s footsteps, Tim Tszyu will also have an opportunity to become an undisputed champion. With an unblemished record of 21-0 with 15 knockouts, Tszyu aims to continue his ascent to the top and set up major fights with Sebastian Fundora and the winner of Errol Spence Jr.-Terrence Crawford.
Jermell Charlo vs Tim Tszyu is now agreed and will take place as a WBO mandatory defence of Charlo’s undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO super-welterweight titles, WBO president Paco Valcarcel has revealed. [@ESPNKnockOut]
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