Jermall Charlo vacates IBF light middleweight title

17/02/2017 10:37

Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) has vacated his IBF light middleweight title and will move up in weight.

The American won the 154lbs belt with a third round stoppage win over Cornelius Bundrage in September 2015 and has since made three title defences.

"I've been thinking about moving to 160 pounds for a while now," said Charlo. "It was a struggle for me to make the weight for the last title fight.

"Once I captured the title I defended it immediately, because I wasn't sure how long I could hold the weight. I held it an extra year to fight Austin Trout and Julian Williams.
"I feel there are bigger and better things for me at 160 where I can still hold my weight and be stronger. The idea of being a two-time world champion is a big goal for me.

"If there were a big fight at 154 pounds left for me, I'd stick around and wait for it. But there isn't anything there that can be made quickly. And I wouldn't fight my brother (Jermell Charlo) or my gym mate and close friend, Erislandy Lara.''

Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd will meet for the vacant IBF belt on the undercard of Deontay Wilder's WBC heavyweight title defence against Gerald Washington on February 25.