The World Boxing Organisation (WBO) have ordered negotiations to begin between parties representing Jermell Charlo and Tim Tszyu.
Charlo became undisputed super welterweight champion with an emphatic 10th round knockout win against Brian Castaño in their rematch earlier this month. The victory gave the fourth and final piece of the title jigsaw to Charlo and now Tim Tszyu has him in his sights.
Tszyu cemented his status as WBO number one contender and mandatory challenger following a successful American debut against Terrell Gausha. The 12-round points victory was not without its problems with the Australian put down for the first time in his career during the opening frame.
In a letter from the WBO to TGB Promotions and No Limit Promotions it states, ‘Please be advised that the parties have 20 days upon receipt of this letter to reach an agreement.’
If a deal cannot be reached, then the fight will go to purse bids.
Jermell, twin brother of WBC middleweight champion, Jermall has hinted at moving to 160lbs. Should that be the case then the Tszyu would fight for the vacant title against a contender nominated by the WBO. Britain’s Liam Smith is one position below Tszyu in the governing body’s top ten.