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Mahmoud Charr to negotiate with Andy Ruiz Jr. for title defense

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Charr last fought in 2017

WBA World Championship Heavyweight - Charr vs. Ustinov Photo by Guido Kirchner/picture alliance via Getty Images

Between his failed drug test and Sisyphean attempts to fight either Fres Oquendo or Trevor Bryan, WBO “world” heavyweight champion Mahmoud Charr has yet to defend the title he “earned” in November 2017 with a decision over Alexander Ustinov. With a new promoter behind him, Charr recently made clear his intention to face either Andy Ruiz Jr. or Tyson Fury, and he now tells Sky Sports that there will be a genuine effort to set up a clash with Ruiz.

“I hope it’s serious, because I talk to my promoter Erol Ceylan, and his partner is Al Haymon [Ruiz Jr’s advisor],” Charr told Sky Sports. “He works very close to Al Haymon.”

Asked about negotiations, Charr said: “Erol Ceylan is right now in Turkey. He will fly next week to the USA to talk personally to these people and I hope he can make this fight happen.

“If any opponent gives you a chance for the world title fight, you say no or do you say yes? Make this fight happen, I’m ready for you. If you want, do this fight. I will risk my belt. I don’t need an easy fight. Fight me.”

He also shared this fancy poster on Instagram

Ruiz (33-2, 22 KO), who joined forces with Eddy Reynoso in May, has yet to decide on a comeback opponent after his catastrophic loss to Anthony Joshua in their rematch. Plans for a “very possible” bout with Luis Ortiz never got anywhere, leaving Chris Arreola the presumed frontrunner. Charr (31-4, 17 KO) is obviously a far lesser foe than Ortiz, but I can’t say he’s that much less appealing than Arreola once you take out the “Fluffy vs. Fluffy” angle.