Jermell Charlo: “I Can Fight Fundora Or Tszyu. Let’s See What’s Best!””

Jermell Charlo Eyes Top Contenders at 154

Jermell Charlo opens to challenges from Sebastian Fundora and Tim Tszyu
Jermell Charlo (L), Sebastian Fundora (top), Tim Tszyu | Credit: Amanda Westcott/Showtime/AAP

Jermell Charlo Mentions Sebastian Fundora and Tim Tszyu as Future Foes

This May 14, WBA Super, IBF and WBC super welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KO’s) will try his hand at becoming undisputed. The immediate rematch, with WBO 154-pound champion Brian Castano, will mark his second attempt. Unfortunately for the two fighters, their initial dustup ended in an unsatisfying draw. This time around though, Charlo has openly stated that he has dedicated himself to stopping Castano within the distance. Provided that he is the victor, regardless of how, Iron Man already has his eyes on some up and coming talent.

“We got [Sebastian] Fundora, we got [Tim] Tszyu […] we got the IBF mandatory [Bakhram Murtazaliev] […] So we are going to see what is the best decision for me to make. I know that I might have to do the IBF. I’m busy, I’m busy! I told y’all, I’m busy too!”

Unified champion Jermell Charlo in interview


One of the swiftest rising talents in the division has to be Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora (19-0-1, 13 KO’s). With his staggering height, high-volume and penchant for all-action fights, Fundora is cementing himself as a fan favorite. Yet, even better than being merely a blood-and-guts boxer, the Towering Inferno has shown that he has legitimate heart and skill as well. In his last match, versus the talented Erickson Lubin, Fundora walked away with the win after having to rise from the canvas. Ranked #2 (WBC), the friendly bruiser has made his desire to face Charlo extremely well-known.


Another top contender making his bones in the division is Australian born boxer Tim “The Soul Taker” Tszyu (21-0, 15 KO’s). Like Fundora, Tszyu is coming off a great win over Terrall Gausha on March 26. While the bout was nowhere near as exciting as The Towering Inferno’s, The Soul Taker secured the important win and valuable experience. Ranked #1 (WBO), #2 (WBC) and #3 (IBF), Tszyu has an excellent argument to be Charlo’s first foe after Castano.


As he also mentioned, Charlo may very well find himself in the opposition corner of Russian pugilist Bakhram Murtazaliev (20-0, 15 KO’s). While he may not be falling off the tip of American fan’s tongues, Murtazaliev is a very formidable talent. Ranked #1 (IBF), #2 (WBO) and #8 (WBC), the heavy-handed boxer is more than ready to get his shot at the titles. It should aid his cause being that he is trained by Vergil Hunter and managed by the well-connected Egis Klimas. Yet, before any life can be breathed into any of these duels, Charlo must first get past Brian Castano. So, let’s see what happens there first!

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By: Bakari Simpson

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