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Tim Tszyu Now The WBO Champion, Jermell Charlo Relegated To Unified Champion Status

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GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Tim Tszyu celebrates victory over Carlos Ocampo during the WBO Iterim Super-Welterwight title bout at Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre on June 18, 2023 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

September 30th has come and gone, and according to the WBO’s official statements, Tim Tszyu is now the reigning WBO champion in the super welterweight division. The Australian fighter is now preparing to defend his recently acquired world title against the American WBC interim champion, Brian Mendoza, on October 15th. The highly anticipated bout will take place at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia.

This historic victory marks Tim Tszyu’s (23-0, 17 KO’s) first-ever world championship title, an achievement that will necessitate swift and skillful defense. Although the WBC has not issued any official statements regarding Brian Mendoza’s (22-2, 16 KO’s) interim title status, it has not been confirmed if Mendoza will enter the ring with or without the interim title, but highly-likely he will not given he now has the opportunity to ascend to full world champion status.

The fate of Mendoza’s WBC interim title remains uncertain, contingent on the outcome of his match for the WBO super welterweight title. Should Mendoza emerge victorious, the interim title may potentially be vacated, further reshaping the landscape of the division.

As it stands, Tim Tszyu is the reigning WBO champion, while Jermell Charlo (35-2-1, 19 KO’s) retains his unified champion status, with three additional belts in the WBA, WBC, and IBF divisions. This recent development has injected a new level of competitiveness into the super welterweight division, as the winner of the Tszyu-Mendoza clash can aspire to challenge Jermell Charlo for undisputed supremacy, provided Charlo remains in the super welterweight category following his loss to Canelo Alvarez (60-2-2, 39 KO’s).

Moreover, there have been discussions surrounding the potential move of Terence Crawford (40-0, 31 KO’s) to the 154 lbs division. Given his status as the WBO ‘super champion,’ Crawford is positioned to vie for the WBO super welterweight championship.

Erickson Lubin (26-2, 18 KO’s) emerges as a possible dark horse in the quest for a world title. His recent, albeit controversial, victory over fellow contender Jesus Ramos (20-1, 16 KO’s) has bolstered his credentials for a future world championship fight, even without being designated as a mandatory challenger or winning an interim title.

In light of the WBO’s recent decision-making, the super welterweight division has undergone significant shifts, paving the way for the potential emergence of a new undisputed champion in the coming years. This prospect promises to invigorate the division and elevate the excitement for fans and fighters alike.