On Tuesday, it was officially announced that Jermall Charlo (26-0, 20 KOs) would face Hugo Centeno (26-1, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBC interim-middleweight title.
The contest will take lace on March 3 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn - with Deontay Wilder defending his WBC heavyweight title against Luis Ortiz in the main event.
The winner Charlo vs. Centeno will get a mandatory crack that current WBC champion Gennady Golovkin, who is expected to face Canelo Alvarez in a rematch on May 5th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Charlo is a former IBF junior middleweight champion.
After successfully defending his 154-pound title three times, with a knockout win over Julian Williams to close out 2016, Charlo decided to move up to 160 pounds to win another title.
In his debut at 160-pounds, Charlo easily got a TKO victory over Jorge Sebastian Heiland at Barclays Center on July 29.
Now Charlo plans to make another statement for the Barclays crowd.
"I really love fighting in Brooklyn and at Barclays Center," said Charlo.
"The fans in Brooklyn always show me a lot of love. Since my last fight I've had a chance to work on my patience and work on improvements to my game. I've got the same feeling that I had before I won my first world title. I want to be a champion at 160 more than I did the first time at 154. More than anything I just want to get back in the ring.
"Centeno is a tough fighter. He'll be a hard test for someone who isn't at my level. I'm not taking anything away from him. But he's just another fighter that's in my way. I don't feel like I have anything to prove to anyone else in this fight. I'm all about proving things to myself now. In the 160-pound division you're hearing my name more and more. It's more than you did when I was at 154 pounds.''