Eddy Reynoso, Trainer Of Canelo Alvarez Eyes Jermall Charlo Showdown: “That Fight Has To Take Place Next Year”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo has done everything in his power to get Canelo Alvarez to notice him. From putting on stellar performance after stellar performance, to flat out calling him out, Charlo has done it all.
Yet, no matter how well he performed inside of the ring, Alvarez seldom mentioned him. With that being said, trainer Eddy Reynoso has watched quietly what Charlo has done, and by all accounts, he’s been impressed with what he’s seen.
“Charlo has been rising,” said Reynoso to ESPN Deportes. “He has been advancing.”
Recently, the WBC middleweight titlist continued his unbeaten run in his second championship reign with a win over perpetual contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko in late August. The betting public was under the impression that their contest which co-headlined a Showtime Pay-Per-View, would be the most difficult contest of his career. Despite those thoughts, Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) picked Derevyanchenko apart on the night before cruising to a one sided unanimous decision victory. Following the win, Charlo kept his tradition going as he once again called for a shot against Canelo.
It’s a matchup that not only intrigues Reynoso, but he also has a date in mind as to when he would like to see it take place.
“It would be a big and important fight, but that fight has to take place next year.”
Although the two division titlist could be on the verge of having the one contest he has craved the most, with Alvarez not competing at 160 pounds in a year and a half, Reynoso believes getting down in weight could be an issue.
“I don’t think we can make 160-pounds right now after a year without fighting. These are factors that can be complicated.”
At the moment, fans of Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) would settle for watching their man spar at this point. After a 2019 that saw the 30 year old unify titles in the middleweight division before ultimately moving up two weight classes to become only the fourth Mexican born fighter to win world titles in four different weight classes, he’s sat idly on the sidelines.
His absence from the ring however, has been through no fault of his. With a pending legal battle against DAZN and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez has a long road back to the squared circle. Despite that, Reynoso is keeping him in the gym at all times just in case a fight just so happens to fall in their lap.
“We are really working as if we were going to fight,” explained Reynoso. “We have always had that criterion, you have to be in the gym for whatever comes, so we have confidence that we can do something before the end of the year. If not, well, to fight in the early months of the following year. That’s why we are active and we are working in the gym daily.”
Jermall Charlo: “If I Don’t Get Canelo Then I Want Jacobs”
By: Hans Themistode
From now, until seemingly the end of time, Jermall Charlo and Daniel Jacobs will continue to dislike one another.
For years both fighters have thrown verbal jab, after verbal jab. A few years ago however, the pair nearly traded in their verbal insults for punches to the jaw as the two were caught on camera having a heated discussion.
Although the two have long wanted to settle their beef either in the ring or the nearest alley, they’ve gone their separate ways. For Charlo, the 30 year old surly knockout artist is currently enjoying his most successful run as a professional. Just a few weeks ago, both he and his twin brother in Jermell, headlined the first doubleheader Pay-Per-View event. On the night, Charlo was given his toughest assignment, at least on paper, in Sergiy Derevyanchenko. The two division world champion made it look easy however as he dismantled his man.
At the moment, a matchup with Canelo Alvarez is something that he has continued to push for. But if he isn’t able to secure that showdown, then he wants to shut the mouth of Jacobs once and for all.
“If I don’t get Canelo then I want Jacobs,” said Charlo recently on Instagram live. “I want Jacobs as much as he wants me.”
For Brooklyn’s Jacobs, he’s always made it known that a matchup with Charlo is as personal as can be. With that being said, his focus is solely on Gabriel Rosado since the two will share the ring with one another on November 27th.
Outside of his loss against Canelo Alvarez at the halfway point of 2019, Jacobs has enjoyed a ton of success in the middleweight division. But with the 33 year old struggling to make the 160 pound limit, he opted to move eight pounds north to super middleweight.
A matchup isn’t out of the realm of possibility considering how badly both men want it. Yet, with the amount of trash talking that Jacobs has done over the years, Charlo believes Jacobs would suffer a cruel fate.
“Look at the percentage of when I fight black fighters that talk shit,” explained Charlo. “Think about it, look at what happens to them. I didn’t just beat their ass, I knock them the fuck out.”
It isn’t just Charlo’s vaunted power that gives him the belief that he would clean Jacobs clock with ease. Over the years, Charlo has seen Jacobs on the wrong end of a supposed beating. Whether it was his knockout loss to Dmitry Pirog back in 2010 or his experience from the amateurs, Charlo has seen Jacobs at his worst on more than one occasion.
“I watched him get knocked out in the amateurs, the pro’s all that shit. Knocked the fuck out. Shawn fucking Porter beat Danny. Keith Thurman beat the shit out of Danny Jacobs.”
Jaime Munguia On Who He Wants To Fight: “Either Charlo Or Gennadiy Golovkin”
By: Hans Themistode
Slowly but surely, Jamie Munguia is facing the level of competition that most have been asking for.
The one time WBO Jr middleweight titlist is coming off an eleventh round stoppage win over Gary O’Sullivan earlier this year. Currently, the Mexican native is preparing to build off that momentum when he takes on perennial contender Tureano Johnson on October 30th, in his second contest at middleweight.
A win over the long time veteran should further cement his status as a bonafide contender in the division. At the moment, Munguia (35-0, 28 KOs) is currently ranked number one in the WBO and number two in the WBC.
Houston’s Jermall Charlo presently holds the aforementioned WBC title and just dispatched his number one contender in Sergiy Derevyanchenko with ease just a few weeks ago. It was an impressive performance by Charlo. So much so that even Munguia had to give the surly champion his just due.
“I think he had an excellent fight,” said Munguia on Fight Hub TV. “He did what he had to do. He never really let Derevyanchenko answer. I know Derevyanchenko had his moments but Charlo solved that problem.”
A showdown between Charlo and Munguia has been discussed since the two held world titles at 154 pounds. But as is always the case in boxing, the business side of things stopped an actual matchup from materializing.
Despite being on opposite sides of the boxing street, if Munguia continues to pile up the victories, he doesn’t see why a matchup couldn’t take place with either Charlo or another high profile middleweight who just so happens to hold a world title as well.
“I think so, if we keep winning and I become champion then the people are going to ask for that fight. Either Charlo or Gennadiy Golovkin, I would love to have a fight with them.”
Daniel Jacobs: “I Have My Eyes On Jermall Charlo”
By: Hans Themistode
Daniel Jacobs, like most fighters, hates answering questions about future opponents when one is already staring him square in the face.
The Brooklyn native currently has a date with journeymen Gabe Rosado on November 27th. The two have had their differences in the past and look to put an end to their rivalry once and for all. But while the former middleweight champ has one eye Rosado, he admitted that he has another eye on someone else.
“One hundred percent,” said Jacobs when asked if he wants to fight Jermall Charlo on the Ak and Barak show. “I’m not overlooking Gabe Rosado but I have my eyes on Jermall Charlo.”
Jacobs, 33, has always wanted to put his hands on Charlo, and during a heated confrontation a few years ago between the two, he nearly did.
Just a few weeks ago, the WBC middleweight titlist pitched a near shutout against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, a man Jacobs defeated as well. For most of the former belt holder’s career, both he and Charlo shared the same division. However, he’s since moved eight pounds north to the super middleweight division. He appeared comfortable at his new weight class, dishing out the beating of a lifetime to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in late 2019.
Squeezing back down to 160 pounds is both unlikely and unnecessary for the Brooklyn native. Why should he put his body through another grueling weight cut when a deal can be worked out to placate both sides.
“From hearing things, Charlo wants to move up. I don’t see why we can’t do it at 68 or just meet in the middle. I don’t want to take him out of his circumstances where he isn’t comfortable and vice versa.”
The championship landscape at 168 pounds is one filled with big names and huge fights. But when questioned about possibly facing anyone else, Jacobs (36-3, 30 KOs) simply paused before cracking a huge smile.
“I want to fight Charlo. I won’t even say anybody else name.”
Whether it’s a matchup with Charlo or a current titleholder at 168 pounds, all of those possibilities will fall by the wayside should Jacobs fall short against Rosado on November 27th.
A possible future fight against Charlo is sure to get the blood of fight fans pumping, something he can’t say about his matchup with Rosado. Despite that, the Brooklyn native is asking for his fans to be patient. The big fights will come the moment he takes care of business next month.
“Let me just get this little knucklehead out of the way. I know people aren’t to hype about this one but I know it’s going to be a competitive fight.”
Ronnie Shields Tells Canelo To Choose The Weight Class For Jermall Charlo Showdown: “Wherever He Wanna Fight, We Could Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez can run, but he certainly can’t hide. That was the gist of what Ronnie Shields, head trainer for WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo, wanted to get across.
For years now, team Charlo placed a target on the back of Alvarez. The two division titlist called for a showdown with the red haired pound for pound star when the two campaigned at 154 pounds, and again once the surly Houston native moved up to 160 pounds in 2017.
Yet, Alvarez has paid him no mind. Electing to grab his pogo stick as he jumped around from weight class to weight class. At the moment, the Mexican native has seemingly settled into the super middleweight division after a successful run at light heavyweight.
While Charlo hasn’t exactly expressed a desire to jump up in weight, Shields did say that they would make an exception.
“We could fight him at 168, we could fight him at 175,” Shields said to Boxingscene.com. “Wherever he wanna fight, we could fight. It shouldn’t be no problem.”
For the fans of Alvarez, they would settle for simply seeing their man in a sparring match at this point. The normally active four division champion has been away from the ring for the entirety of the year for various reasons.
For one, the global pandemic that has wrapped its diseases ridden hands around the world has canceled numerous return dates that he had in mind. Secondly, and most importantly, Alvarez is currently entangled in a messy legal battle with promoter Oscar De La Hoya and streaming company DAZN.
A happy ending doesn’t appear to be on the horizon, but Shields is hoping that they can sweep their issues under the rug and give the fans what they want to see.
“I know Canelo’s going through some things right now with DAZN and with Oscar [De La Hoya]. Maybe if they get their situation together, they can call Al [Haymon] and we could make the fight. That’s probably the fight that makes the most sense for Canelo. I think for Canelo that makes the most sense, and for Jermall.”
The last time Charlo entered the ring, he was dominating perpetual middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Many were expecting to see him either struggle mightily or flat out lose. None of those thoughts came true as he pitched a near shutout.
A matchup with Alvarez would be an even higher level of competition for Charlo. But for Shields, he’s seen enough in his man to know that he is more than capable of stepping up to the plate.
“It’s a tough fight,” Shields said. “Canelo is a great fighter. But again, Jermall rises up to the competition. It would be a great fight. It’d be a fight that fans would definitely wanna see. And that fight needs to be made.”
Shawn Porter Wants To See Demetrius Andrade Face Off Against Jermall Charlo: “I Think Andrade Would Win That Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo turned plenty of heads this past weekend. The WBC middleweight titlist put on an absolute show in picking apart former title challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko on Saturday night.
On paper, their matchup appeared to be a competitive one. But after 12 one sided rounds, it was anything but.
The question surrounding Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) now is who exactly should he face next? The Houston native would still love to face off against IBF belt holder Gennadiy Golovkin or pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez. Great matchups of course, but former two time welterweight champion in Shawn Porter has another name in mind.
“I want to see Andrade fight Jermall Charlo,” said Porter to Fight Hype. “That’s the fight that I want to see. I would love to see it right now.”
Over the years, Charlo has built up an aura of invincibility to a certain extent. With 31 wins in just as many fights, no one has come even close to beating him. But while he’s looked damn there unbeatable thus far, Porter sees plenty of holes in his game.
“Here’s the thing. With Charlo you have to make him think and move his feet. From what I’ve seen, he has problems with guys that move and busy. It’s almost like with he’s a step behind when a guy is busy and moving. I think that Andrade is that fighter that can move, bring the fight to you and the most rangiest guy in boxing. He’s also a southpaw at that. That would be a lot for for Charlo to prepare for. Honestly, that’s probably why he doesn’t mention his name. He knows that’s a tough fight for him.”
Andrade, 32, may hold the WBO middleweight, but he hasn’t exactly faced a murderer row’s of competition as of late.
Still, even with the lack of big names on his resume paired with Charlo’s accession in the division, Porter believe’s that the Houston native would pick up the first loss of his career if they ever were to meet up.
“He’s one of the more intelligent boxers out there and I think that’s a very tough fight for Jermall Charlo. I think Andrade would win that fight.”
Leonard Ellerbe: “Jermall Charlo Is The Best Middleweight In The World Right Now, I Don’t Think Canelo Goes Anywhere Near Jermall”
By: Hans Themistode
WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo didn’t just impress his fans this past weekend, but apparently, he also impressed Mayweather Promotions CEO, Leonard Ellerbe.
Charlo took home a fairly one sided decision victory against former title challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko. The Ukrainian native was lauded for his championship performances against former belt holder Daniel Jacobs and current IBF champ Gennadiy Golovkin.
Charlo made his win look far easier than his counterparts and is now recognized by most as a top three middleweight. For Ellerbe however, he believes Charlo should be ranked far higher.
“Jermall Charlo is the best middleweight in the world right now,” said Ellerbe to Boxingscene.com.
In order for Charlo to prove that he is in fact the best in the division, many believe that he will have to eventually meet up with pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez. Although the four division world champion has floated between the middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, the Mexican native seems to be comfortable at 168 pounds.
But even if he does choose to drop back to 160 pounds, Ellerbe believes there is no way in hell Canelo would be willing to face someone like Charlo.
“Jermall’s style is all wrong for Canelo. They would never put him in there with Charlo. I don’t think Canelo goes anywhere near Jermall. He’s an animal.”
At the moment, the only fight that Canelo is facing is one in the courtroom. The current WBA middleweight titlist and WBA Regular champion, is in the process of suing streaming company DAZN along with his own promoter in Oscar De La Hoya.
Their issues stem from DAZN’s refusal to greenlight any of Alvarez’s opponents including current champions in Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith. A reduction in purse has been brought to his attention, something that he reportedly would be willing to acquiesce to due to COVID-19, but they are far apart on numbers.
The first round of his lawsuit has been dismissed due to several documents that were not included in his original claim. Instead of pursuing his lawsuit however, the two sides are reportedly looking to mediate their issues.
The Charlo Twins Against The World
By: Hans Themistode
Both Jermell and Jermall Charlo have always been the flashiest, loudest and most confident in the room. The rest of said room, haven’t always been appreciative of their pugnacious ways, but they could care less.
WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo and now, unified Jr middleweight champion Jermell Charlo–held the first ever doubleheader Pay-Per-View event this past Saturday night. It was billed as a two for one special as the pair of twins headlined separate events in what many considered the biggest test of their careers.
Jermall, 30, defended his title in one sided fashion against Sergiy Derevyanchenko. At no point was the two division titlist in any sort of trouble as he pounded the Ukrainian native round after round. On the other end of the coin, Jermall’s twin in Jermell, had an even more explosive night. Dropping former unified champion Jeison Rosario several times over before stopping him violently in the eighth round.
A twin doubleheader for a pair of identical Houston born twins was unique in every sense of the word. But after showing that something different can work, Jermell is hoping that they can start a new trend.
“Man I hope man, I hope,” said Jermell when asked if these twin doubleheaders could continue down the line. “It’ll be something new for the world of boxing.”
Both Charlo twins have always looked dominant inside of the ring. But many wondered what they would do when faced with real competition on a big stage.
In Derevyanchenko, Jermall (31-0, 22 KOs) faced someone with one helluva edge in terms of experience. With over 350 wins in the amateurs and two super close fights against Daniel Jacobs and Gennadiy Golovkin, the latter in which many believed he did enough to win, Derevyanchenko was a real test for Jermall.
For Jermell (34-1, 18 KOs), his contest against Rosario was thought to be more dangerous when considering how he previously left former unified champion Julian Williams unconscious in only five rounds.
Simply put, predictions surrounding how they would fair were split down the middle. With being said, both Charlo’s simply kept their heads down and continued to prepare. But just because they had tunnel vision leading up to their matchups, doesn’t mean they weren’t paying attention to the doubters and “haters.”
Now that things have gone their way, their calling everyone out. Even those who cut their check.
“I hope that we proved all of these haters wrong tonight. I saw a whole lot of yak on that Instagram and Twitter. I heard our boss that owns Showtime in Stephen Espinoza, say don’t be surprised if both of the Charlo’s lose. He thought that me and my brother were both going to lose.”
Watching how both Charlo’s dominated their opposition, something seemed to be missing. There was no roar of the crowd when Jermall landed any of his head cracking shots. And no one jumped to their feet when Jermell left Rosario convulsing on the ground.
It was dead silent. But while fighting in an empty arena is something that most boxers are growing accustomed to amid COVID-19, Jermell believes no one has ever cheered them on in the first place.
“We feel like we’re alone in this world and that’s why we’re taking everybody out one by one.”
With no night clubs open to celebrate with a few bottles, the Charlo twins took a more mundane approach to the biggest wins of their career.
“I just celebrate with my brother,” said Jermell. “He’s my biggest fan. It’s just me and my brother against the world. This is something that we wanted our whole lives.”
The 154 and 160 pound divisions remain one of the hottest in all of boxing. With fighters such as Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez and Demetrius Andrade hovering around Jermall’s fight neighborhood and Jarrett Hurd, Julian Williams and Erislandy Lara hovering around Jermell’s, neither Charlo is worried about the long list of contenders waiting for them.
“We hear to stay,” said Jermall.
“The Charlo twins are taking the fuck over,” exclaimed Jermell.
Jermall Charlo vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko Weigh-In Results
By: Hans Themistode
It’s time to eat. Both literally and figuratively.
WBC titlist Jermall Charlo and his Pay-Per-View headlining opponent in Sergiy Derevyanchenko tipped the scale’s weighing nearly the exact same earlier today.
The challenger in Derevyanchenko stepped onto the scale first. A hyped up Charlo stood in the background shirtless as he applauded the results of opponent as he came in at 159½ pounds. Next up was the undefeated champion. He also made weight with ease, registering at 159¾.
For Derevyanchenko, he’s faced a murderer’s row of competition over his last few fights. In back to back years, the Ukrainian native found himself in title contests against two of the best middleweights in the world in Daniel Jacobs and Gennadiy Golovkin.
Despite facing two different styles, both contests were eerily similar. Derevyanchenko was forced to hear the sound of the referee counting as early knockdown’s left him down on the scorecards early. The Brooklyn, New York, resident did, however, dust himself off and work like hell to pull himself back into both matchups.
For the most part, it worked as he began exploiting plenty of holes in the defense of his opponents. Yet, it was a case of too little too late as he came up short on the judge’s scorecards.
But while Derevyanchenko has been matched tough over his short career, Charlo on the other hand, has been criticized for his Charmin Soft opponents.
The Houston native will do more than just attempt to defend his title for the fourth time. He’ll also look to defend his name and prove that he is in fact one of the best fighters in the world.
Matchups against the likes of Dennis Hogan, Hugo Centeno Jr., and Jorge Heiland may have netted him a spot on ESPN’s perpetual highlight reel loop, but his credibility was taking a hit in the eyes of the fans. Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) continually called out other big-name fighters such as Canelo Alvarez and Golovkin, but no one took the bait.
In Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KOs), Charlo has a consensus top five fighter in the division and someone whom he can showcase his skills against. While fans of Charlo have questioned his ability against top level opposition, oddsmakers have fully supported him. He’s currently listed as a near 3-1 favorite to hear “And Still,” uttered when his contest comes to an end.
For Charlo, he kept things simple when asked to sum up how he feels about this matchup a few days ago during a presser.
“I’m the best in the world. You’ll see Saturday night.”
The action for this card kicks off at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, with the Pay-Per-View costing $74.95.
Double The Trouble For The Charlo Twins?
By: Kirk Jackson
Double the Trouble for the Charlo Twins?
Let’s try this again, take two.
The last time the Charlo brothers collectively headlined a Premier Boxing Champions event, it did not turn out too well for the talented twins.
The scene of the crime dates back to December 22, 2018, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The card, televised by FOX, featured Jermell Charlo defending his WBC Jr middleweight title against Tony Harrison and Jermall Charlo defending his WBC interim middleweight title in the main event against substitute replacement Matt Korobov.
Jermell lost a closely contested unanimous decision to Harrison, while Jermall won a highly competitive unanimous decision against Korobov.
This go-round, WBC middleweight champion Jermall “Hitman” Charlo (30-0, 22 KO’s) takes on Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KO’s) while brother Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (33-1, 17 KO’s) faces Jeison “El Banana” Rosario (20-1-1, 14 KO’s) in a Jr middleweight unification match.
Without question, this event features the greatest collection of talent and competition since the life-altering pandemic shook things up earlier this year.
Focusing on the respective main events; each Charlo brother is the A-side, the attraction of the match-up and each is positioned in a dangerous fight with a solid chance of suffering defeat.
As stated earlier, the last time the Charlo brothers collectively headlined an event, Jermell lost. Some may think of it as a jinx or curse, other pundits believe this was the result of matchmaking. Harrison is a highly-skilled, underrated fighter, with athleticism to match Jermell’s.
The Detroit native utilized successful tactics that Austin Trout and John Jackson implored in previous battles against Jermell. Harrison’s height posed a problem, along with his long reach and swift, consistent jab that disrupted Jermell’s timing and kept him off balance. Harrison lateral side to side movement, various angles and ability to fight off the back foot posed problems for “Iron Man” as well.
“I bounced back from that loss to Tony Harrison in 2018 last year, but there were still things I needed to learn and develop. We’re going to end 2020 with a bang. This is the Charlo show,” said Jermell, during a virtual media workout.
“After I lost in 2018, I told everyone that it just gave me jet fuel and that when I come back, I’m coming back full throttle. That’s what I’m about. I have nothing to lose. I’m not letting him take anything from me. I’m even more dangerous than I was before. I’m an old school fighter right here. I’ve been dedicated to this game and I’m not going anywhere. Stay out of my way, because I’m the man trucking things.”
Although Harrison and Rosario are different styled fighters, what can Rosario implement to have success against a highly motivated, focused Jermell?
There are five factors that may work in the favor of Rosario this weekend.
“It’s no pressure for me, it’s more motivation,” Rosario told CBS Sports last week through a translator. “I have always come in as the underdog even though I don’t think as one. If I am supposed to lose, no one told me the script. They didn’t tell me that. Somebody forgot to tell me the script that I’m supposed to lose in this fight. I’m used to it and there is absolutely zero pressure on me. This is just another night where I will be able to showcase my talent.”
One of the attributes, or series of intangibles rather, that may aid Rosario is his lack of fear, intimidation and pressure. If this holds true, by the time these gladiators enter the ring, he will have the ability to be loose and perform at a high level. Some athletes fold under pressure and there’s a saying stating pressure busts pipes… More on that later.
Although Rosario has a shorter reach, both men see eye to eye as they measure the exact same height. He is just as big size-wise as well. Punching power may be the deciding factor in this match-up. Although the knockouts tallied on his record may not truly reflect Jermell’s developed punching power, over the course of the last few years, he’s repeatedly left his opponents in a state of unconsciousness.
Rosario is a heavy handed, proficient knockout artist as well. His last performance against Julian “J-Rock” Williams exemplified such, stopping the Philadelphia-bred fighter in five rounds. How often will Rosario’s hands connect? And is Jermell’s chin and body truly made of iron?
Ah, now back to pressure – the pressure that bursts pipes. Even though he lost the rematch, Harrison experienced great success applying pressure against Jermell last year. Harrison spent a good portion of the middle rounds walking Jermell down, stalking and stinging with his jab and even outfighting Jermell in their exchanges within the trenches. It looked as though the young lion was at times uncomfortable with the pressure.
Granted, different athletic ability and skill sets with Rosario and Harrison, but it’s a formula for Rosario to follow. Given his disadvantage of reach and necessity to impose his strength on the inside, it’s imperative for Rosario to successfully apply consistent pressure. The application of mental and physical pressure could make things uncomfortable for Jermell.
The fifth factor is placing all these ingredients together. Jeison Rosario has come a long way and he steadily improves with every fight. At 25, he hasn’t reached his peak, but he will need to continue his development and showcase those results. He will need to display high-level boxing catered to his skill set, to adjust to whatever Jermell brings to the table.
Simply put, the 154 pound belt holder won’t have an easy time unifying titles on the night. With that being said, his twin brother’s task may be even more arduous.
With two failed opportunities to wrap championship gold around his waist against Daniel Jacobs and Gennadiy Golovkin respectively, Sergiy Derevyanchenko is hoping that the third time is the charm.
Both defeats were highly competitive bouts, with knockdowns suffered against each opponent possibly serving as the difference.
Jermall is aware of Derevyanchenko’s talent and the threat he poses as a challenger. But he is fully prepared and this is the fight he wanted.
“This is just the beginning for me. There’s been 30 fighters who’ve tried to beat me, and all 30 failed,” Jermall said in a recent virtual media interview. “We’ll get a chance to get in there and do what we do best on Saturday. Talk is cheap. We’ll see where that green belt goes on Saturday.”
“I’m focused and locked in. I’m ready to fight. Sergiy can say what he wants to say about me, it’s going to be a fight on Saturday.”
For Derevyanchenko, there are factors that may come into play for his benefit. Work rate, style, experience, jinx and desperation.
The Ukrainian has a great style of utilizing angles with superb footwork and unleashing a myriad of punches at differing angles with his work rate. While Jermall has displayed the ability to box from the outside and fight off his jab, any opponent of either Charlo, is probably best suited with attacking and forcing either Charlo to be reactive, as opposed to being the initiators.
Forcing Jermall to be reactive is important because sometimes, he tends to load up on his shots. The “Hitman,” may get lulled into looking for that one power shot to change the fight. If this is a constant theme for Jermall this weekend, Derevyanchenko has the opportunity to outwork and tally up points.
“I’m going to put pressure on him from the beginning. I’m going to use my legs, my jab and combinations to get the win,” Derevyanchenko said. “This is a big fight. When I win, even more opportunities will open up. I’ll be able to unify and take my career to the next level.”
The biggest factor will be experience. Jermall has more fights as a professional and a steady level of opposition faced. His most recent ring outing against Matt Korobov for example, was a great learning experience. However, having faced Jacobs and Golovkin, many pundits believe Derevyanchenko’s experiences against his list of high-level opposition will serve him well in the fight this weekend.
Derevyanchenko will have to start fast, something he didn’t do against Jacobs or Golovkin, as he cannot afford to fall too far behind on the cards. Jermall represents a different type of fighter with his combination of skills, power and accuracy. He also displays a greater measure of discipline, compared to his earlier fights. Derevyanchenko will have to lean on his experiences and make the adjustments round after round, minute after minute, punch after punch.
Following the cue from Korobov, Derevyanchenko will have to use range effectively to frustrate and neutralize Jermall’s offense. Feint, smother, get outside far from Jermall’s comfort zone and repeat. Illustrate why he is regarded as the technician.
The last factor to consider, is the twin effect. Because they’re so close and are both passionate people, it can be quite the task managing emotions, while preparing for a fight only hours apart.
Both brothers admittedly remarked on the difficulties of preparation while worrying about the other. Granted, it can also be inspirational, but there can be negatives aspects as well.
At stake for Jermall Charlo is the chance to grab a firm hold of the middleweight division. With Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s absence, uncertainty with Demetrius Andrade and Gennady Golovkin’s perceived unwillingness to participate in unification’s with anyone not named the aforementioned Alvarez, the two-division world champion wants to exercise his dominance at 160 lbs., before moving up in efforts to conquer the super middleweight division.
“I’m stronger, I’m smarter, I’m better than I used to be,” Jermall said. “He’ll [Sergiy Derevyanchenko] come straight at me and fight. Everyone is doubting me. They are doubting me. I’ve been doubted for years. There’s no anger here.”
“I don’t care what they say about me. I don’t care what they think about me. I’m a fighter. I challenge myself. Hey, I’m the best in the world.”
Jermell Charlo seeks redemption (from the last PBC Charlo Twin headliner) and wants to show the world who the best Jr middleweight is.
“When you think of a lion, you think of family and vicious animals. You have to fight for it,” Jermell said. “We took the road when we was younger and made it out. From where I’m from, not many kids make it out.”
“Rosario, he is just one man and I am just one man. If you are better than me, beat me. You may think it’s just that easy, it ain’t that easy. I want all the belts and right now, I feel like I’m the king of the division.”
Both brothers face stiff tests this weekend. The action in the ring will more than likely match the intrigue of the surrounding plots for each participant. We’ll see if Lions do in fact rule the jungle this weekend.
Jermall Charlo: “I’m The Best In The World”
By: Hans Themistode
Naming the best fighter in the middleweight division is conjecture. But more times than not, the conclusion is the same. Either Canelo Alvarez or Gennadiy Golovkin usually gets the nod.
But while those two fighters receive much of the fanfare, a stoic, six feet tall Houston native with a bad attitude has been making his own case.
“I’m the best in the world,” said Charlo during a recent ShowTime press conference. “Saturday you guys will get a chance to see it.”
In what will be his first Pay-Per-View headlining event, Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) takes on the highly ranked Sergiy Derevyanchenko this Saturday night.
For Charlo, many have considered this matchup a major step up for him. Up until this point, he’s bulldozed through his competition.
A win over Hugo Centeno Jr. may have netted him a world title in 2017, but the respect that’s normally associated with it never came. A victory against Derevyanchenko though, is one that he desperately wants.
For the Ukrainian native on the other hand, his record is stained with two failed attempts to wrap championship gold around his waist.
In his first world title bid in late 2018, Derevyanchenko saw himself hit the canvas early during his bout against Daniel Jacobs, only to rally back before falling short on the judges scorecards. Roughly one year later, history would repeat itself in a cruel way. Derevyanchenko once again picked himself up off the deck, this time against Gennadiy Golovkin, before seeing his second half rally fall just short once again.
Becoming a world champion is something that the 34 year old still dreams of becoming. And while any title will do, there’s something about the color of Charlo’s belt in particular that seemingly goes perfect with the Ukrainians wardrobe.
“The green color of the belt suits me,” said Derevyanchenko.
Charlo could have easily gone back and forth with his main event opponent. But trading insults isn’t what he considers fun, he would much rather trade punches in the ring.
“Talk is cheap. 30 of them tried and 30 of them failed.”
Jermall Charlo on Sergiy Derevyanchenko Showdown: “This is One of Those Fights Where Fans Can’t Say nothing About The Opponent”
By: Hans Themistode
There’s a certain shine that comes with a 30-0 record. Yet for WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo, his undefeated mark has always been viewed in a less pristine manner.
With 22 knockouts throughout his career, the 30 year old Houston native has run through his competition. But while the highlight reel stoppages have earned him routine trips on the ESPN Top 10 platform, it has seldom gotten him respect from the boxing fans.
With noncompetitive wins during his run to a world title at 154 pounds, Charlo could hear the disappointment with every opponent that was chosen. Even with victories over former champions Austin Trout and Julian Williams, nothing seemed to be enough to earn him the respect he has always wanted.
His run to gold at 160 pounds has been criticized even more as it’s been littered with more unknown fighters. Wins over Jorge Sebastian Heiland, Hugo Centeno and Mat Korobov did little to prove himself to his viewers. To make matters worse, Charlo was given the WBC middleweight title after President Mauricio Sulaiman elevated then titlist Canelo Alvarez to the still confusing Franchise Champion.
With five uninspiring middleweight contests under his belt, Charlo will face the toughest fight of his career when he takes on former two time title challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko on September 26th, on pay-per-view.
The announcement of his opponent, who is rated number one in the WBC, not only motivates Charlo while training, but it also placates his fans who have constantly criticized his level of opposition.
“This is one of those fights where fans can’t say nothing about the opponent,” said Charlo to Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast.
To Charlo’s credit, little can be said about Derevyanchenko as an adversary. In the eyes of many, the Ukrainian born fighter should be a world champion in his own right.
In October of 2018, Derevyanchenko fought for the vacant IBF world title against Daniel Jacobs. An early knockdown in that one saw the 34 year old down on the scorecards early before rallying back in the second half, only to lose via close split decision. In a bit of Déjà vu, Derevyanchenko found himself battling it out yet again for the vacant IBF crown one year later in October of 2019, this time against Gennadiy Golovkin.
Much like his first world title contest, an early knockdown followed by a second half rally was the theme once again, and much like his bout against Jacobs, Derevyanchenko found himself on the losing end of another close decision.
Being labeled a perpetual second place finisher is something the Ukrainian contender wants permanently erased from his name. But while the motivation is high on the side of Derevyanchenko to win his first world title, Charlo is driven for another reason entirely.
A win is just a formality for the two weight world champion, but so is an early night at the office.
“It’s how I’m going to stop him,” explained Charlo. “Me taking on the fight already sent a message, so tune in on September 26th.”
Ranking Premier Boxing Champions Top 5 Fights to Watch From Their Recent Schedule Release on SHOWTIME
By: Hans Themistode
Grotesque mismatches were becoming the norm in this new COVID-19 boxing landscape. Financial issues and the lack of a live audience gave promoters the right to place uninteresting matchups on television screens across the world.
While it was appreciated, fans were grinding their teeth as they saw predictable fight after predictable fight. Compelling and interesting matchups would have to wait until the back end of 2020 or worse, sometime in 2021.
For Al Haymon and Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) however, they would hear none of it.
Earlier this week PBC announced their SHOWTIME schedule for the remainder of 2020, and it did not disappoint. Numerous championship matchups have now flooded boxing fans’ once desolate schedule. With so many interesting contests, we’ve decided to rank the best five from the group.
Every contest on the docket is worth watching, but here’s our choice for the best of the best of PBC’s SHOWTIME Boxing schedule.
5. Erickson Lubin vs Terrell Gausha
Erickson Lubin (22-1, 16 KOs) has been waiting to prove that he isn’t a hype job. The former ESPN prospect of the year looked to be the real deal during the early portion of his career. However, a right hand from Jermell Charlo in Lubin’s first crack at a world title in 2017, put an end to that notion. Since then, Lubin has been hard at work reshaping his image. The Florida native has picked up four straight wins with three coming via stoppage, and now finds himself in a WBC title eliminator against Terrell Gausha.
Much like Lubin, the former Olympian has done some reshaping of his own, although not as successful. After losing a one sided contest in his own bid to win a world title contest against Erislandy Lara in 2017, Gausha (21-1-1, 10 KOs) has been both inactive, fighting only once a year, and lackluster, scoring a draw against Austin Trout in his last ring appearance.
Not only are these two fairly evenly matched, but with the next title shot up for grabs, there is plenty on the line.
4. Nonito Donaire vs Nordine Oubaali
The retirement train was thought to have long left the station with Nonito Donaire onboard. Yet, it appears that the 37 year old isn’t ready to pack up and leave just yet. After suffering losses to Jessie Magdaleno and Carl Frampton, Donaire (40-6, 26 KOs) received a bit of luck in reaching the finals of the World Boxing Super Series in 2019.
Meeting him there, was pound for pound star Naoya Inoue. The easy win that was predicted for Inoue was anything but that as Donaire gave him the toughest fight of his life. He may have come out on the losing end, but his performance has earned him a crack at WBC belt holder Nordine Oubaali (17-0, 12 KOs).
For most of his six year career, Oubaali has made it look easy. But while Donaire will walk into this one as an underdog, he has already proven that he has plenty left in the tank.
3. Jermell Charlo vs Jeison Rosario
Of all the matchups on this list, WBC titlist Jermell Charlo and his unification matchup against WBA and IBF champion Jeison Rosario, was the most surprising.
Rosario came out of absolutely nowhere last year when he ripped away the titles from Julian Williams. Instead of sitting back on his laurels and milking his belts for easy paydays, Rosario has decided to attempt to add even more to his hardware collection.
Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) has gotten over his Tony Harrison saga and now finds himself fighting to become a unified champion. The betting public is already backing Charlo heavily, but they did the same when Rosario took on Williams, so he has no problem with the little amount of faith shown in him.
2. Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz
For as explosive and dangerous as Gervonta Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) has looked during his career, fans were beginning to roll their eyes whenever a new unknown fighter stood across the ring from him. A highlight reel knockout is always waiting to happen, but resistance seldom followed.
On October 24th, however, Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) will be looking to give Davis all he can handle when they face off. The four division world champion has grown tired of constant murmurs that he has eschewed the competition.
The storyline behind this one is simple. Davis has the punching power and speed on his side, while Santa Cruz is banking on his punch output and relentless pressure.
The winner of this one will have answered a ton of questions, while the loser on the other hand, will see their stock plummet.
1. Jermall Charlo vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko
Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) has gained a reputation. He’s a big puncher, aggressive personality and an unknown commodity. Even with wins over Julian Williams and Austin Trout, Charlo continues to hear the doubters. He’s asked for big name fights against the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin, but you can hear a pin drop from either of those fighters in regards to interest.
Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KOs) may not be the opponent that he wanted, but he is without question his toughest test yet. With two razor close decision losses to Daniel Jacobs and the aforementioned Golovkin, many believe that the Ukrainian born contender should already hold a world title. Nevertheless, he’ll pick up his third chance against Charlo on September 26th.
The intrigue surrounding this one is huge. In a contest that can be essentially decided with the flip of a coin, it ranks number one on our list of the best fights to watch on the SHOWTIME Boxing schedule.
Jermell and Jermall Charlo Are Ready For The Next Step: “Now is Our Time to be PPV Stars; Pound For Pound”
By: Hans Themistode
Both Jermell and Jermall Charlo have spent their entire lives sharing. As twin brothers this comes as no surprise. But on September 26th, they will share a once in a lifetime moment with one another as they’ll headline a FOX PPV.
Jermall, who holds the WBC middleweight title, will look to pull off the biggest win of his career when he takes on former two time title challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KOs). The Ukrainian born contender is best known for his work against Daniel Jacobs in October of 2018 and Gennadiy Golovkin in October of 2019. On both occasions, he found himself on the short end of the stick, but saw his stock rise with each defeat.
With a third crack at the championship apple, Derevyanchenko is hoping to hear the announcer say “And New” once the night is over. The thought of losing his title however, hasn’t crossed the mind of Jermall. With matchups against Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin possibly in his immediate future, the WBC titlist is focused solely on Derevyanchenko.
“This guy is rated number one in the world,” said Jermall to Brain Custer during a recent Zoom interview. “He’s going to take the job seriously and so am I.”
The word boring has never been associated with a Jermall Charlo fight, and come September 26th, he isn’t expecting that narrative to change.
“We’re going to both meet in the middle and let our hands go. May the best man win. My game plan will be to shut his game plan down.”
Jermall (30-0, 22 KOs) has always wanted the spotlight to himself, but he is more than happy to share it with his twin brother and fellow champion Jermell (33-1, 17 KOs).
Meeting him on the night will be the upset minded Jeison Rosario (20-1-1, 14 KOs), who holds two major titles in the Jr middleweight division. The Dominican Republic born champion made the betting world look silly earlier this year against then champion Julian Williams. Rosario stepped into the former champions backyard in Philadelphia and didn’t just take the titles from Williams, he ripped them away with a fifth round stoppage.
Despite his big time win, Jermell is expecting his title reign to be truncated the moment they step inside the ring against one another.
“I don’t want to leave it up to the judges, I learned that in my past,” said Jermell to Brain Custer. “I deliver knockouts, that’s what I do.”
There is a lot riding on the line for the Charlo twins on the night of September 26th. For Jermall, a win over Derevyanchenko won’t simply shut the mouths of his critics, and for Jermell, winning his contest against Rosario will bring him much more than an additional two titles.
No, for the Charlo twins, they believe that this is their shining moment while the rest of the world is sequestered at home with no other choice but to tune in.
Titles and big wins are secondary for them.
“We will let everyone in the world see the great things that me and my twin brother have done in the sport of boxing,” said Jermall.
“Now is our time to be PPV stars. Everyone will say that they are boxing, and that they are pound for pound.”
Sergiy Derevyanchenko on Supposed Canelo Alvarez Showdown: “His Side Did Not Give me an Offer, It Was Only Talk”
By: Hans Themistode
Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs either Canelo Alvarez or Jermall Charlo has been the worst kept secret in all of boxing.
The middleweight contender is coming closer and closer to making his decision on whom he will take on in the fall. Although his choice is still up in the air, Charlo appears to have an edge. For fans of the sport, choosing Charlo over Canelo would seem almost impossible. A matchup with Canelo not only brings more eyes to the television screen, but it also fattens his opponents wallets.
Still, even with the notoriety and extra zeros in his bank account, Derevyanchenko has given Charlo the edge. His reasoning behind it is simple. Charlo appears to be serious about fighting him.
“Canelo says yes he wants to fight,” said the middleweight contender to BoxingInsider.com. “But his side did not give me an offer. It was only talk.”
Over the past several months, Canelo has found it increasingly difficult to land a dance partner for his September date. Fighters such as Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders have complained that they have been low balled in the negotiations. But for Derevyanchenko, he believes the pound for pound star never wanted to step into the ring against him.
A marketing ploy would best describe how Derevyanchenko and his trainer Andre Rozier feel about the stunt that Canelo and his team pulled.
The intrigue surrounding Derevyanchenko went through the roof with his last ring appearance. In October of 2019, Derevyanchenko pushed current middleweight belt holder Gennadiy Golovkin to the limit. Most who saw that contest live at Madison Square Garden in New York City, were incredulous when Golovkin was given the nod. Yet even with another championship stain on his resume, Derevyanchenko saw his stock soar.
His performance against Golovkin, coupled with his skillset has made him a fan favorite. But that new found stardom was something that Canelo wanted to take advantage of according to Rozier.
“You have to go where the paper is real,” said Rozier to BoxingInsider.com. “It bought a lot of intrigue and excitement. People are looking forward to seeing Sergiy fight after his last performance. They know that he comes and brings it. They almost used it as an advertising piece, smart move by Golden Boy.”