WBC Interim Champ Jermall “Hitman” Charlo (28-0, 21KOs) will square off against Brandon “Cannon” Adams (21-2, 13KOs) on Saturday, June 29th, at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX. Charlo will be fighting in front of his hometown for only the second time in his career.
Jermall Charlo last fought in December, edging Matvey Korobov (28-2-1 14KOs) in a tightly contested bout, where he appeared to have been outboxed. Despite the somewhat controversial decision with that fight, he is still a powerhouse, and still a destructive force at middleweight. He should not have as much trouble against this opponent – Brandon Adams. Adams isn’t a bad fighter. He’s just unproven at the top level. Charlo has been looking for big names to fight, recently calling out both Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (39-1-1, 35KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (52-1-2, 35KOs) for future fights. Those are two of the biggest names at middleweight, and would surely land him a lucrative payday. If he cannot get one of those names, we could see a rematch against Korobov or maybe a fight against Demetrius Andrade (27-0-0, 17KOs).
Brandon Adams is a bit of an unknown. On November 9, 2018, Adams fought Shane Mosely Jr. for “The Contender” Series 5 middleweight final championship. Adams scored an unanimous decision win at the Forum in Inglewood, California to claim the title. That was his biggest win of his career. That says a lot. Adams had an offer to fight Golovkin but turned it down in favor of Charlo because he felt the opportunity was better. A win over Charlo would surely get him a future fight against one of the bigger names in the division, and catapult him up the rankings. However, that is highly unlikely, but this is boxing and you just never know. Stranger things have happened.
This fight does not go the distance. Charlo comes out and takes care of business, hopefully ending it inside of six. He’s hard hitting, 73 1/2 inch reach, 6 ft tall, and has elite athleticism. To say the odds are stacked against Adams would be an understatement. Prediction: Charlo TKO 4th round.
The fight can be seen on Showtime and can be streamed on the Showtime app. The main card begins at 9 PM EST. The main event is expected to be at around 11:15 PM EST. Super Welterweight Erickson Lubin (20-1 15KOs) takes on Zakaria Attou (29-6-2 7KOs) in a 12-round WBC title eliminator in the co-main event. The rest of the card is as follows:
- Miguel Flores vs Luis May Super Featherweight
- Eduardo Ramirez vs Claudio Marrero Featherweight
- Mycheal Teal vs Mark Beuke Super Middleweight
- Cesar Cantu vs Chante Bowens Welterweight
- Omar Juarez vs Seifullah Wise Welterweight
- Raymond Guajardo vs Jaime Meza Middleweight
- Zamy Larry vs Ranieri Souza Super Middleweight