WBC middleweight champions Jermall Charlo announced on social networks that he will fight again in June, thus ending his 21-month hiatus away from the ring.
“I promise you I will set the summer on fire. I will be back in June. Stay tuned,” Charlo posted Friday morning on his official Instagram account.
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A rival is yet to be determined for Jermall Charlo’s return
The announcement is unofficial since there is no defined rival, nor a confirmed date for the return. The undefeated green-and-gold titleholder at 160 has not fought since June 19th, 2021, when he defeated Juan Macías Montiel by unanimous decision.
In the last two weeks, a couple of videos had circulated of the “Future of Boxing” returning to training with his trainer Ronnie Shields in Houston, Texas, which suggested that Charlo would be resuming his professional career.
The reasons for Jermall Charlo’s prolonged absence were never revealed in detail, only said to be personal problems. It was speculated that they could be problems derived from alcoholism, but this version was never confirmed.
In recent days, Mauricio Sulaimán, president of the World Boxing Council, assured that he spoke with Jermall during the weekend of the fight between Benavidez and Plant, that it was a good talk, and that despite the fact that the fighter has gone through “problems complicated personalities”, will keep him as middleweight champion.
Just last Tuesday, during Ryan Garcia’s training open to the media, Óscar de la Hoya launched a claim to Mauricio Sulaimán asking him to do his job and withdraw the world title from Jermall Charlo. This was before the news of Charlo’s return broke.