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Jermell Charlo Stripped of WBA Title A Reign Cut Short

Jermell Charlo, the former undisputed junior middleweight champion, finds himself beltless as the WBA strips him of his 154-lb title after a relatively brief two-year reign. Once considered a go-getter and the more ambitious of the Charlo twins, Jermell’s title journey took an unexpected turn, leading to questions about his future in the ring.

Charlo’s downfall began after a lucrative $10 million bout against Canelo Alvarez, which seemingly left him missing in action. Despite becoming the undisputed 154-lb champion in 2022, Charlo never defended his championship. A 16-month hiatus, attributed to a hand injury preventing him from facing WBO mandatory Tim Tszyu, paved the way for the WBA’s decision to strip him of his title, labeling him the ‘Champion in recess.’

The WBA’s move places Charlo in a precarious position, and doubts linger about whether he will ever step back into the ring. With Israil Madrimov and Magomed Kurbanov failing to contest the vacant WBA 154-lb belt, Charlo’s potential return remains uncertain.

If Charlo chooses to resume his career, it’s unlikely to be an attempt to reclaim his WBA title. Instead, speculation arises about a possible money fight against Terence Crawford. The WBA won’t keep the ‘Champion in recess’ tag indefinitely if Charlo opts not to vie for the belt, potentially spelling the end of his boxing journey unless he secures lucrative opportunities.

In the unpredictable world of boxing, financial considerations often play a crucial role in a fighter’s decision to continue competing. Charlo, not yet enjoying the financial security of some top-tier athletes, may find it beneficial to keep pursuing million-dollar paydays as long as possible.

The road ahead for Jermell Charlo remains uncertain, with the stripped title marking a significant setback. Whether he aims for redemption or financial stability will shape the next chapter of his career.

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