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Jermall Charlo drops IBF super welterweight title

Jermall Charlo drops IBF super welterweight title

After three successful defenses for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight crown, American Jermall Charlo decided to abandon the crown to jump to the middleweight division, en route to great fights against fighters like Gennady Golovkin and Saúl « Canelo »Álvarez.
“I’ve been thinking about going to 160 pounds for a while now,” Charlo said. “It was a struggle for me to make the weight of the last title fight. Once I captured the title I defended it right away, because I wasn’t sure how long I could hold the weight. I held it up for another year to fight Austin Trout and Julian Williams. I feel like there are bigger and better things for me at 160 where I can still maintain my weight and be stronger. The idea of ​​being a two-time world champion is a great goal for me.
“If there was a great 154-pound fight for me, I would stay and wait. But there is nothing that can be done quickly. And I wouldn’t fight my brother or my gym partner and close friend, Erislandy Lara. “
Charlo’s coach Ronnie Shields is in favor of promotion to a higher division. “It’s a move that has to be made,” Shields said. “He was definitely having trouble making that weight. There is no point in standing firm when doing that weight. Going to 160 pounds is a must. I think it does well there. It is big enough to handle the weight. Not that we have to do anything special to compete at 160 pounds. That’s basically what he is – a middleweight. «(

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