Middleweight champion Jermall Charlo is still waiting to land a career-defining fight, and he’s open to dropping down in weight in order for it to become a reality.

The 160-pound WBC crownholder Charlo recently suffered a back injury and his June 18 title defense against Maciej Sulecki in Houston was postponed.

It is not clear yet when Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) will return to the ring. Once he’s healthy, he’s open to playing the long game if it means facing one of the sport’s top pound-for-pound stars. 

“Terence Crawford, I’ll fight him,” Charlo told Showtime on “The Last Stand With Brian Custer.” “I’ll fight you, Terence. I’ll come back down to 154 to fight Terence.” 

Crawford caught wind of Charlo’s remarks and fired back on Twitter, saying: “you coming down to fight me at 154 (crying emoji) bro I know you would, I believe you too. But yo brother still p-ssy. (winking emoji)”

Crawford has been adamant that he will continue his career at 154 pounds soon after he fights Errol Spence Jr. for 147-pound undisputed champion status. 

Charlo’s last seven fights have taken place at middleweight, and the 32-year-old has not fought at 154 pounds since knocking out Julian Williams in five rounds in Dec. 2016.

A series of meaningful fights await for Charlo at 168 pounds against the likes of Canelo Alvarez, David Benavidez, and Caleb Plant, and it would be hard to imagine he would drop back down to 154 pounds – a division controlled by his twin brother and undisputed champion Jermell. 

Charlo and Spence are close friends, and Charlo is siding with his PBC stablemate and fellow Texan Spence should Crawford and Spence finally face off in a much-anticipated superfight this year. 

“Y’all haven’t seen that Terence isn’t versatile like you think. Them Texas boys are different. It’s hot in Texas. We’re different,” said Charlo. “All that don’t matter. It’s a fight; a fight is going to break out.” 

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