Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) has been demanding that he get a shot at the WBC middleweight title since moving up to the 160 pound middleweight division almost two years ago and becoming the mandatory challenger, but he’s been constantly overlooked.
After having a dominant run at super welterweight, Charlo decided that he finally grew out of 154 pound weight division and had his middleweight debut on July 29, 2017 on the under card of the Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) vs. Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) fight. In his middleweight debut Charlo took on Jorge Sebastian Heiland (29-5-2, 16 KOs) and stopped him in just four relatively easy rounds to become the WBC mandatory (The WBC title was held by Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1 34 KOs) at the time) challenger.
While Charlo was the mandatory challenger, GGG went on to have the mega-fight fans were asking for most at the time against Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) which ended in a draw. With the first GGG vs Canelo fight ending in a draw, that meant Charlo had to wait even longer for his opportunity because it was only right for Canelo and GGG to have a rematch. Instead of just sitting idle, Charlo stayed active and fought Hugo Centeno Jr. (26-2, 14 KOs) on the undercard of the Adrien Broner vs Jessie Vargas (28-2-2, 10 KOs) fight. Once again, Charlo seemed to impress everyone with another devastating KO but this time it only took him two rounds.
After his KO against Centeno, Charlo said in his post-fight interview that he wanted GGG, who at the time was the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC middleweight champion. GGG went on to fight Vanes Martirosyan (36-4-1, 21 KOs) on May 6, 2018. (SN: This fight was supposed to be against Canelo but Canelo got suspended for failing VADA testing as Clubenterol was found in his system). After GGG’s quick knockout of Vanes Martirosyan, Charlo was hoping he was next in line with him being the mandatory challenger for a while; however, GGG went on to face Canelo in the highly anticipated rematch which he lost by split draw.
“Canelo seems to be the better fighter right? He won the fight right? He beat him right? So I wanna fight the 28-year-old so-called stud,” Charlo said.TMZ Sports
So that only meant that Charlo had a new target on his radar and that was the NEW WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. Once again Charlo being in a position where he was hoping he would get his shot next, Canelo announced he was moving up to super middleweight to face WBA regular champion Rocky Fielding on Dec 15, 2018. With Canelo not facing Charlo next and Charlo still wanting to stay active he’s now facing Matt Korobov (late replacement for Willie Monroe Jr., after Monroe tested positive for a banned substance). Charlo is hoping to make a big statement this weekend and prove to the boxing world that he is ready for all the big names he’s been calling out in the middleweight division, most notably Canelo Alvarez.
The WBC recently announced that if Jermall Charlo beats Matt Korobov, then the commission will make an order for Charlo to face GGG, with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger for Canelo Alvarez’s WBC title. So after being the mandatory for 17 months and seeing 2 different fighters hold the WBC title, Jermall Charlo has to not only win Saturday but has to also beat GGG to keep his spot as the mandatory. Only then will he maybe get his shot at the middleweight title.
So it makes me wonder will Charlo ever get the shot he deserves? Should he keep going for the WBC belt or chase after another champion? And lastly, if he gets his shot against Canelo (or whoever is WBC champion at the time) will he even win? Those are all questions that will have to be answered in the near future but as of now we just have to wait and wonder.