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Jermall Charlo-Hugo Centeno rescheduled after Centeno injury

Hugo Centeno Jr. (Photo by Tom Casino/ Showtime)
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Jermall Charlo will have to wait a little longer to secure a title shot.

He was scheduled to face Hugo Centeno Jr. in a WBC middleweight title eliminator on March 3, but his opponent suffered a rib injury in training.

Now, the 160-pound bout will take place April 21 in the Showtime co-feature to Adrien Broner-Omar Figueroa Jr.

“I’m ready to go,” said Charlo, THE RING’s No. 5 middleweight. “I’m 167 pounds right now, and this was the best camp I’ve ever had. I’m so disappointed. I’m at a loss for words. When you want something so bad and you don’t get it, you can’t be a kid about it. You just have to deal with it.”

The bout was set to serve as the lead-in to Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight title defense against Luis Ortiz.

It was a tripleheader, but now it will be two fights, with the Andre Dirrell-Jose Uzcategui rematch the new co-feature.

Centeno is coming off a career-best victory, a highlight-reel knockout of Immanuwel Aleem in August.

He’ll be a decided underdog against Charlo, one of the sport’s elite fighters, but he’ll get his chance soon enough.

“I’m devastated,” said Centeno. “I’ve been in the gym for a long time. Being so close to a fight and accomplishing my dream of a world title, it’s devastating.

“It happened during sparring. I tried to work through the pain and as the day progressed and the adrenaline subsided I had to go to the ER and get checked out. It’s a good enough injury that it had to be postponed. Nothing was broken, but it was severe enough to keep me from fighting.

“I was just about to peak. Now I have to taper off a bit and cut back to let my body recover and then pick it up and get some momentum back.”