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Charlo, Tszyu, Ortiz, more: Ranking the biggest fights to be made at 154

Will Jermell Charlo return to 154 lb waters? And what do we make of the chasing pack?

Tim Tszyu
Tim Tszyu may be the true key player at 154 in 2024
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Lewis Watson is a sports writer from London, UK, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He has been a contributor at Bad Left Hook since 2018.

It’s the turn of the 154 lbers as we cast a gaze over a competitive division.

5. Yoenis Tellez vs Erickson Lubin

Erickson Lubin defied any “gatekeeper” claims by halting the Jesus Ramos Jr hype-train in September, and he’ll have his sights set on a similar fate of Yoenis Tellez if these two are paired in similar fashion.

Lubin is only 28, and if Yoenis Tellez is going to go on to reach the ceiling that many believe he will, then the American will prove an excellent early dance partner.

Tellez was one of the prospects of 2023 and will be looking to make a big splash after an eye-catching stoppage of Sergio Garcia in September.

4. Israel Madrimov vs Magomed Kurbanov

Friend of BLH, Jalol Akhmedov, brought us the news that Madrimov and Kurbanov would dance in 2024 for a version of the WBA world title.

This could be a fun shootout and one that Michel Soro may have the best analysis of who would come out on top.

Kurbanov is yet to fight outside of Russia, so location could be a real sticking point in these negotiations.

3. Brian Mendoza vs Sebastian Fundora II

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

You can’t spell Fundora without fun, and the “Towering Inferno” is always worth tuning into watch — especially if he is to chase revenge against Brian Mendoza.

Fundora was seemingly in control of their meeting last April until the underdog pulled a left hook and overhand right from out of nowhere. Fundora hasn’t fought since, but is young and hungry enough to rebuild in a division where losses are going to be part and parcel of the journey.

2. Tim Tszyu vs Vergil Ortiz Jr

“Yo, Vergil Ortiz, welcome to the ’54 club,” Tszyu posted immediately after Ortiz’s controversial blowout win over Fredrick Lawson at the weekend. “I’m always keen for a modern-day classic.” And so are we.

A poll was added underneath this “Tweet/X” of Tszyu’s as to whom the readers thought would win, and it spewed out a Brexit-style result of 52 percent to 48 percent in favour of the Australian.

Let’s see it.

1. Jermell Charlo vs Tim Tszyu

Listen, who knows what is going on with Mell at the moment, but this is still the fight to be made at 154, if not for much longer.

But if it doesn’t get made then there aren’t going to be too many people losing lots of sleep over it, except perhaps Tszyu himself.

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