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Sunderland’s Josh Kelly has now moved to number one in the WBO super-welterweight rankings following his win over Gabriel Corzo on Saturday.
The 29 year old will likely take on Australia’s Tim Tszyu, who holds the WBO interim belt, if current champion Jermell Charlo was to vacate his title.
Speaking after his victory over Argentina’s Corzo at the weekend, Kelly called for big domestic showdowns in and around 154lbs.
“I want them names – the Eubanks, the Benns – I want all of them. I’m ranked number one in the world now so Kelly’s coming”, he said.
The fight before saw the Rio 2016 Olympian defeat Troy Williamson for the British super-welterweight title in December.
Four fights in the last 13 months has seen Kelly muster the best momentum since entering the paid ranks in 2017, and a world title shot could soon be on the horizon as the super-welterweight picture becomes clearer in the coming months.
Undisputed champion Charlo hasn’t fought since defeating Brian Castano in their May 2022 rematch but looks set to move up two weight divisions to face fellow pound-for-pound star Canelo Alvarez on September 30th.
The move could see the belts fragment at 154lbs and a potential showdown between Kelly and Tszyu for the vacant WBO title.
The Australian (23-0, 17KOs) was initially set to face Charlo in January before an injury to the American’s right hand forced its cancellation.
Tszyu has however responded with stoppage victories over former champion Tony Harrison and Carlos Ocampo to cement his impending world title shot as he looks to follow in the footsteps of his father Kosyta.