Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has called into question the career path of Jermall Charlo.
Charlo is the WBC Middleweight Champion. Following his unanimous decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko, many fans were calling for Charlo to take on a big name. Instead, he’ll be putting his gold on the line against Juan Montiel on June 19.
Speaking to Chris Mannix of DAZN, Hearn said he’s puzzled over Charlo for not going after WBO Middleweight titleholder Demetrius Andrade (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“You know, if you’re a champion watching that [Andrade-Williams] fight, firstly, as Demetrius says, you know, he’s done his job. It’s not his responsibility to convince the other champions to fight him. Champions are supposed to fight champions. OK? You got guys out there like [Jermall] Charlo, you know, his brother’s doing a great job. He’s going through his division fighting champions. [Jermall] Charlo is fighting, um, I can’t even remember his name. What’s his name? Right, Juan Montiel. Well, you know, Conor McGregor said it best, you know, I don’t know what he’s doing.
“He’s got an opportunity – if he doesn’t wanna fight on DAZN, we’ve made him a massive offer, Demetrius will go and fight on FOX. It’s not a problem. He’s not expensive. It’s gonna cost them the same as [Sergiy] Derevyanchenko. As you said, [Jermall] Charlo against Demetrius Andrade is a big, big fight. It’s two great American world champions. Why are the champions not looking to face Demetrius Andrade? He was hurt tonight. He was tired tonight. He can’t make 160 forever.”