WBC 154 Tournament mapped out for top nine contenders
Jermell Charlo will have the chance to join his twin brother as a super welterweight world champion when the American takes on John Jackson for the vacant WBC title.
The 25 year-old, who boasts a standout 27-0 record with 12 stoppages, has been patiently waiting in the wings for his opportunity whilst former belt holder Floyd Mayweather Jr. bowed out of the sport.
Charlo was first in line for the green strap as the number one ranked contender, therefore will battle Virgin Islander and number two-ranked Jackson, 27, at a date and venue to be announced in the near future.
Demetrius Andrade and recent Anthony Mundine conqueror Charles Hatley will then fight out an eliminator for the immediate right to challenge Charlo or Jackson, whilst two semi-finals have also been set-up as part of the WBC tournament promised by President Mauricio Sulaiman.
Vanes Martirosyan v Sergey Rabchenko (as Julian Williams is heading for an IBF eliminator) and Ishe Smith v Jorge Cota make up the four-man elimination to decide who will eventually go on to meet the last man standing from the four mentioned above.
Former WBA title holder Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout, rated six, is placed as a wildcard and will step in at any moment as a replacement when any of the other eight contenders cannot fulfil the WBC’s wishes.