Jermall Charlo vs. Hugo Centeno in Play For WBC Interim-Belt

By Miguel Rivera

To push along their middleweight ranks, the World Boxing Council has confirmed that Jermall Charlo (26-0, 20 KOs) and Hugo Centeno (26-1, 14 KOs) will fight for the interim WBC championship.

The fight will be taking place because the full WBC middleweight title is tied up - as champion Gennady Golovkin is currently negotiating a potential May rematch with Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

Canelo and Golovkin fought to a controversial twelve round draw back in September, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Charlo is the mandatory challenger to the middleweight crown.

According to the information that was passed over to WBC President Maurcio Sulaiman, Charlo and Centeno will battle on a date in the month of January.

There would be no surprise if that contest landed on the undercard to Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson, which takes place on January 20 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Both Charlo and Centeno have fought in the venue, both are managed by Al Haymon, and both of them fight under the Premier Boxing Champions banner.

"The WBC has ordered an interim title fight, precisely so that there are no impediments (for Canelo-GGG 2) and that fight can be made without any problem of affecting the rights of some other boxer. (Jermall) Charlo accepted it, he understands the magnitude and everything is ready for (Canelo, GGG) to negotiate and make the rematch of their fight," said Sulaiman to ESPN Deportes.

"It will be Hugo Centeno (to fight Charlo), the next one who is available to fight for the interim title and it was already set down for January. So in the event that Golovkin does not reach an agreement for the fight with Canelo Alvarez, he would have the possibility of making a voluntary defense before thinking about Charlo or Centeno, or again the rematch with Canelo."

The last time Charlo was in action, he battered Jorge Sebastian Heiland back in July at the Barclays Center. It was Charlo's middleweight debut after vacating the IBF belt at 154-pounds to move up in weight.

Centeno has won two in a row, by knockout, since suffering a TKO loss to Maciej Sulecki in June 2016. Centeno knocked out undefeated Immanuwel Aleem in August.  

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Catrin on 01-30-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18445760]Told you lemule is wack....LOL....they going down one by one....Jermell will take care of Lara at 154 while Jermall takes care of lil g at 160. #Lions Only! Oh, & Nelo already beat Lara.[/QUOTE] LOL you think their daddy haymon…

Comment by yankees7448 on 01-29-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18445748]You feel the pressure coming don't you....#Lions Only[/QUOTE] Taking on softies at 160. Lambs only.

Comment by j.razor on 01-29-2018

[QUOTE=Catrin;18231159]Any top 5! Jacobs Lemieux Canelo At 37 maybe GGG I know Lara takes him to school! Now that i mention Lara did call them out... What is the status on that? Did charlo brothers brush it off by saying…

Comment by j.razor on 01-29-2018

[QUOTE=yankees7448;18230574]Charlo don't want that work either. He wants easy fights at middleweight. #Lambsonly[/QUOTE] You feel the pressure coming don't you....#Lions Only

Comment by j.razor on 01-29-2018

[QUOTE=boxingitis;18230273]He has zero lost in his record. He still Champ. He still top 5 pound for pound, Charlo isn't. So stop crying.[/QUOTE] Don't believe everything they tell you. Jermall is right at lil g's heels & after he smacks him…

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