Promoter Eddie Hearn has suggested Jermall Charlo that it’s time to let others compete for his long-held but infrequently defended WBC World title.
The middleweight has not fought in some 31 months, but has managed to hold on to his belt despite that absence.
After seeing his brother soundly beaten by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Charlo has now announced he will be fighting once again – his sixth bout in five years – but it won’t actually be a defence of his title.
Last time out he secured a wide points victory over Juan Macias Montiel and has been mentioned with plenty of big names in his own division and those above, but he has failed to ink any contracts.
He did sustain an injury before taking an extended hiatus from the sport for mental health reasons but is finally ready to get back to work with a bout on the undercard of David Benavidez-Demetrius Andrade.
Speaking to Boxing Social, Hearn was asked about the news of the American’s return not being a title defence.
“He’s not defended the title in over [two years] has he? Time for him to move out and let someone fight for the middleweight title I think.”
Other title holders await the opportunity to unify, namely WBO and IBF king Janibek Alimkhanuy and WBA boss Erislandy Lara, with contenders including Chris Eubank Jr also no doubt keen for their shot at world honours.