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IBF to order Jermall Charlo to face Julian Williams within 90 days

The IBF will be ordering its junior middleweight titleholder Jermall Charlo to start negotiations with mandatory challenger Julian Williams.

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It's being reported by RingTV that the IBF will order junior middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo to face mandatory challenger Julian Williams within 90 days of his win over Austin Trout. It's unknown, however, whether or not Charlo will take the fight or vacate the title in lieu of something more lucrative -- say perhaps a fight against Canelo Alvarez. Stephen "Breadman" Edwards, who trains and manages Williams, pegs the chances of the fight actually coming off at 50/50.

"I don’t think he’s scared of Julian," Edwards said. "But I do think that he knows it’s a very, very tough fight and with them struggling to make weight and having to take a fight in his heart that he knows he can lose — I don’t know. One thing I do know is that Julian Williams is all-in. He’s always felt confident that he can beat Jermall. And now he can prove it. Jermall is going to have to prove to him inside the ring that he’s the better man."

Edwards goes on to say that if the 90-day deadline has to be pushed back a little to get the fight on a bigger card they'd be fine with that, but that if things look to go past September that he'll file a complain with the IBF as he believes that would mean his fighter is being denied his mandatory title shot.

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