When Tim Tszyu will become the official super welterweight world champion after the WBO decided to strip Jermell Charlo before the Canelo Alvarez fight
- Tim Tszyu will become world champion on September 30
- The WBO has decided to strip current champion Jermell Charlo
- Charlo was ordered to defend against Tszyu but will fight Canelo
Tim Tszyu will be elevated to WBO light middleweight full world champion as soon as Jermell Charlo is announced as such in his controversial clash with Canelo Alvarez.
The WBO confirmed the move Thursday in a lengthy statement that also sanctioned the Sept. 30 superfight that scuttled Tszyu’s mandatory all-belt shot at Charlo.
Charlo pulled out of Tszyu’s mandatory fight to jump two divisions and take on Alvarez in a big-money play that would likely forever cost him his status.
Tszyu beat Tony Harrison to claim interim status and retain it with a knockout of Carlos Ocampo to retain him while he waited for Charlo, who originally delayed the fight due to injury.
The WBO statement described Charlo’s recognition of champion status as being “terminated” as soon as he entered the ring in Las Vegas next month and was announced.
Tim Tszyu will become WBO world champion on September 30, it has been confirmed
Reigning champion Jermell Charlo will be stripped of his world champion title
Tszyu will then automatically be elevated to full champion, just like he would if the Canelo-Charlo fight doesn’t take place for some reason.
Charlo dismissed Tszyu’s drawing power in a ringside interview at the Terence Crawford-Error Spence Jr fight over the weekend.
Both middleweights have been linked to the Australian, but a more likely fight for Tszyu could be against American Brian Mendoza.
He has the interim WBC, and if that organization follows the WBO’s lead and strips Charlo, it would mean that a Tszyu-Mendoza fight would be a world title unification fight.
Charlo will fight Canelo on September 30 and will lose his belt as soon as he steps into the ring.