Mahmoud Charr has revealed he is set to begin talks with Andy Ruiz Jr over the defence of his WBA ‘regular’ belt later this year.
Ruiz Jr hasn’t fought since his heavyweight belts were taken off him last December after losing to Anthony Joshua in their rematch in Saudi Arabia.
Ruiz Jr has since been in talks with Chris Arreola over a potential fight but Charr – who is looking to finally defend the WBA belt he won in November 2017 – is hopeful his new promoter Erol Ceylan and manager Christian Jager can work their magic to get a deal finalised.
‘I hope it’s serious, because I talk to my promoter Erol Ceylan, and his partner is Al Haymon [Ruiz Jr’s advisor],’ 35-year-old Charr said to Sky Sports. ‘He works very close to Al Haymon.’
When quizzed about negotiations, Charr replied: ‘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.’
Charr had been ordered to battle it out with WBA ‘interim’ champion Trevor Bryan but that fight has yet to come to fruition.
And the 35-year-old insists the WBA will not stand in the way of him going head-to-head with Ruiz Jr, who had stunned the boxing world after beating Joshua via a technical knockout inside seven rounds in June 2019 prior to their rematch.
Charr added: ‘No-one can stand in the way, because I’m world champion and he’s top five. He’s No 4.
‘I hope this fight will be in the US, or in Mexico, or UK.’