Jermall Charlo vacates IBF 154lbs strap as he gets ready to move up to the fiercely competitive middleweight division.

Jermall Charlo (25-0-19KO) can now never be a man labelled as ducking hard fights or for not seeking the toughest challenges.

During his reign as IBF super-welterweight champion since 2015, he fought and beat some credible opposition including the likes of Cornelius Bundrage, Austin Trout and most recently by knockout in December 2016 – Julian Williams.

Jermall Charlo vacates
Image source and credit: Jermall Charlo Twitter

But it’s a challenge Charlo wants now.

Speaking on the move to his fans on Twitter Charlo said:

“Officially The Beginning of my Journey at Middleweight #LionsOnly”

Followed up by:

“To be the best you have to beat the best.”

And indeed at middleweight, he will find some of the world’s very best fighters.

A shark tank of a division headed by one of the world’s most feared fighters – Gennady Golovkin.

Charlo will be a nice addition to the 160lbs mix.

His brother and WBC super-welterweight champion Jermell Charlo (28-0-13KO) looks like he is staying at 154lbs for the time being, so the brothers will not now be in a position where they will ever have to compete in a unification bout.

A refreshing move to see by a world champion, as 26 year old Jermall looks to move on and test himself against the best.

If you’ve never seen Charlo fight, you have to check out his quality stoppage win against Julian Williams last time out:

(Credit: Showtime YouTube)