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Team Tszyu understands why Jermell Charlo accepted Canelo Alvarez fight

Jermell Charlo

The promoter of undefeated junior middleweight Tim ‘The Soul Taker’ Tszyu 23-0 (17) doesn’t blame undisputed 154-pound champion Jermell ‘Iron Man’ Charlo 35-1-1 (19) for swerving him.

Texan Charlo, 33, was ordered by the WBO to face Australian Tszyu, 28, no later than September 30 after their original January 29 date was cancelled after Charlo suffered two fractures to his left hand in late December.

Instead of facing Tszyu, Charlo opted to accept an offer to step up two weight classes to face undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) in Las Vegas on the last day of September.

It was a bit of a surprise move as Mexican superstar Alvarez was widely expected to face Charlo’s twin brother and WBC middleweight champion Jermall, who has been out of the ring for two years.

But despite Tszyu missing out on his chance to fight for the undisputed world championship, his promoter George Rose of No Limit Boxing says he doesn’t fault Charlo for rolling the dice.

“Look the WBO has been terrific with us and really pushed for this fight with Charlo to happen. So I’ll be interested to see what the outcome is [with the WBO’s position]. But as far as Tim is concerned, it’s all about moving on to a plan that eventually sees him with that WBO belt wrapped around his waist,” Rose said to Fox Sports Australia.

“Obviously everyone is disappointed because we’ve all been hanging out for this fight for two years,” Rose said to Fox Sports Australia. “And Tim, he’s primed to beat Charlo.

“All the work he’s done, the fights he has taken recently, it has all been building towards Tim Tszyu walking away with those four belts at the end of the year.

“But I also understand Charlo’s decision. And put in the same position, I think everyone choses the Canelo fight. Because it’s an iconic fight; and the biggest money fight. It’s a chance for Charlo to make history, change his life.

“And what’s his alternative? Go and lose all four belts against Tim Tszyu.”

This year Tszyu has rolled through Tony Harrison – the only man to defeat Charlo – and Mexican champion Carlos Ocampo while waiting for his mandated shot at Charlo.

“The plan remains getting those four belts,” Rose continued. “Starting with the WBO and then working our way through. So we want a fight for Tim ASAP.

“He loves to fight and this is just one more obstacle that’s been put in front of him on his way to undisputed.”

Tszyu claimed the vacant WBO interim title against Harrison by ninth-round knockout in March.

The WBO will meet next week to determine the status of Charlo’s 154-pound belt. If he is stripped of the title, Tszyu will be installed as full champ.