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Out of the ring for nearly 2½ years, WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo’s expected return was made official on Wednesday.
Charlo will face Jose Benavidez Jr. in a 10-round nontitle bout above the 160-pound division limit in the co-feature of the fight between WBC interim super middleweight titlist David Benavidez and Demetrius Andrade on Nov. 25 (Showtime PPV, 8 p.m. ET, $74.99) at Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Premier Boxing Champions and TGB Promotions also announced the other two bouts that will be part of the pay-per-view telecast: IBF junior welterweight titlist Subriel Matias against mandatory challenger Shohjahon Ergashev and WBA junior lightweight titlist Hector Luis Garcia against mandatory challenger Lamont Roach.
Charlo’s layoff was at first due to injury, but he has also had various personal problems that have kept out of action to the point where he declined the chance to challenge undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 30, a fight that instead went to his twin brother and undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo, who lost a one-sided decision.
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