Jermall Charlo Dominates Jose Benavidez Jr. 

Jermall Charlo defeated Jose Benavidez Jr. via a unanimous decision to secure a huge win following his struggles with mental health.

The boxer had a lot of questions to answer after having missed weight during the weigh-in, but Charlo silenced his critics with an impressive performance. Benavidez Jr. started the fight well, though, as he pushed Charlo back towards the ropes. The latter remained composed as he countered Benavidez Jr. with a strong right in return. Benavidez Jr. aimed to target the body, but Charlo connected with an uppercut in a lively start.

Charlo’s jab landed well in the second. However, Benavidez Jr. continued to walk forward. The WBC middleweight champion, though, landed a combination and an uppercut on Benavidez Jr. to prevent him from coming in on the inside. The 154-pounder remained composed as he continued the offensive in the third, with a left and a right-hand combination.

Charlo, however, landed with a counter right once again. For the first time in the fight, things got ugly. At the end of the fourth, Benavidez threw a left to the body after the bell just as Charlo got free from a headlock. The action continued in the fifth, with Benavidez responding strongly. After Charlo landed numerous times with his jab, Benavidez Jr. countered well.

At the halfway stage, Charlo edged ahead on the unofficial scorecards with his bodywork having an impact on Benavidez Jr. who was slowing down, after huge success with another big right hand.

The swelling on Benavidez Jr.’s eye became more pronounced at the end of the seventh, with Charlo pulling ahead. The extra weight was having an impact on Benavidez, who was slowing down. As the fight entered the tenth and final round, both boxers traded, as Charlo taunted his opponent at the final bell.

Official Result: Jermall Charlo def. Jose Benavidez Jr. via a unanimous decision: 98-92, 99-91, 100-90

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“I’ll be back stronger, just know that. I thought about everything that I’ve been through every round. God’s got me. I really want to thank the WBC for standing with me and going through what I went through with me, Mauricio [Sulaimán] and the whole team. I want to thank everybody who never left my side. I want to thank Al Haymon for understanding me. I know when you’re a man it’s hard to explain to somebody what you stand for, but I’m happy that I went through what I went through because I showed myself that anything can be done. And it is what it is.

“This division right here [is the most comfortable for me]. Whatever division I’m in, I’m going to conquer it. I’m going to do what I have to do. Bring me to the best place. I promise my fans are the people of boxing. To the people of boxing, I’ll be back. I’ll give you all more fights in 2024. I’m motivated by boos so keep booing. Shoutout to the Benavidez family,” Charlo

“He’s a good fighter, I’m not going to make any excuses. I came to fight. He said he was going to back me up and I didn’t back up. I kept coming forward. The best man won tonight. It’s boxing. I thought it was way closer than the judges’ said it was. At the end of the day I lost, and I’m not going to make any excuses.
“I don’t know if his extra weight had anything to do with it. Maybe. Maybe not. I came prepared. I gave my best. I’m going to take some time off – it’s the holidays. Of course, I’d like to run it back at the actual weight. At 160. If you weigh me right now I’m probably 165, and he still can’t do s—t to me. It’s all good. I’m not worried about it. I gave it my all, and I came up short,” Benavidez Jr.
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