Jermall Charlo is one win away from a middleweight title shot after an impressive string of title defenses one division south.
Charlo (25-0, 19 knockouts) and Jorge Heiland are in talks for their WBC middleweight eliminator, a source told RingTV.com, and the fight could take place on July 29. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because he or she is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
If the fight doesn’t fall underneath Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia on Showtime, a September date is likely.
The 30-year-old Charlo — whose twin brother Jermell holds a junior middleweight title — made three successful defenses of the IBF 154-pound title he vacated earlier this year to move up in weight. He scored a close decision win over Austin Trout in May 2016, and then scored a sensational knockout of Julian Williams in December.
Heiland (29-4-2, 16 KOs) scored the lone notable victory of his career in 2014, a 10th-round stoppage of Matthew Macklin. The 30-year-old Argentine’s competition otherwise is nondescript, and the Charlo matchup will mark Heiland’s U.S. television debut.
The winner will be in line for a title shot against the winner of the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin superfight.
Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger
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Source:: The Ring – Boxing