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Charlo vs. Heiland WBC Eliminator For Mandatory Golovkin Shot

By Miguel Rivera

Former IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo is inching closer to a world title shot at WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs), who also holds the WBA, IBF, IBO titles.

Last month, Charlo vacated the IBF title and announced his official move to the middleweight division.

Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) last fought in the fall, when he knocked out undefeated mandatory challenger Julian Williams.

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BoxingScene.com reported two weeks ago that Charlo was given a very high ranking when he made his debut in the WBC's middleweight ratings. The sanctioning body placed him in the number two position within their top ten.

The WBC's number one ranked contender is Jorge Sebastian Heiland (28-4-2, 15 KOs) of Argentina.

According to ESPN Deportes, the World Boxing Council, through its president Mauricio Sulaimán, made an announcement in Argentina that Heiland and Charlo would collide in a final eliminator - with the winner getting a shot at Golovkin.

Reports from Argentina point out that this was Sulaiman's response to the numerous questions about the future of Heiland, who has long been the highest ranked fighter at middleweight, but for whatever reason he was never given the opportunity to get a title shot.

The winner of that WBC eliminator could have a long wait before securing a crack at Golovkin, who last Saturday night won a twelve round unanimous decision in a mandatory defense against Daniel Jacobs at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Golovkin is now looking a June return in Kazakhstan, in a unification with WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. The two sides are currently in serious negotiations for a unification on June 10.

If Golovkin defeats Saunders, the goal is to fight in September against Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Canelo would still have to win his own upcoming fight, which takes place on May 6th against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mammoth on 10-03-2018

This was a [B][I]final[/I][/B] eliminator. Why are the WBC making Jermall jump through so many hoops?

Comment by TonyGe on 04-02-2017

[QUOTE=Boxing lives;17561119]Triple Grovelkin, Canelo and Lara aren't on that list. Hell no active fighter is on that list except past it Pacman. So if you say there isn't a current elite fighter than Pac thats fine. Lara is above Gennads…

Comment by Boxing lives on 04-02-2017

[QUOTE=TonyGe;17559628]Sugar Ray Robinson Manny Pacquiao Floyd Mayweather Roberto Duran Tommy Hearns Chavez Senior Mohammad Ali Marvin Hagler Sugar Ray Leonard Mike Tyson Salvatore Sanchez Willie Pep Rocky Marciano Larry Holmes Aaron Pryor Oscar De La Hoya Pernell Whittaker Hank Aaron…

Comment by TonyGe on 04-02-2017

Typos But Hank Aaron, temporary brain freeze. Hopefully it's temporary.. Must have thinking Aaron Pryor and Homicide Hank (Henry Armstrong) at the same time.

Comment by The Big Dunn on 04-02-2017

[QUOTE=TonyGe;17559628]Sugar Ray Robinson Manny Pacquiao Floyd Mayweather Roberto Duran Tommy Hearns Chavez Senior Mohammad Ali Marvin Hagler Sugar Ray Leonard Mike Tyson Salvatore Sanchez Willie Pep Rocky Marciano Larry Holmes Aaron Pryor Oscar De La Hoya Pernell Whittaker Hank Aaron…

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