Charlo Now to Face Koborov After Monroe Pulled

Following this weekend’s revelation that Willie Monroe Jr. tested positive for a banned substance, Jermall Charlo has a new opponent for December 22nd.

Charlo will now defend his interim WBC middleweight title against southpaw Matt Koborov in the main event of the FOX network broadcast from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Korobov replaces Monroe, a fellow southpaw, who was flagged for a banned substance by VADA through the WBC’s  “Clean Boxing Program.” Koborov was set to fight on the event’s undercard, and will now be moved up while Monroe is investigated by the WBC.

“I was well prepared for Willie Monroe, who is a southpaw, so there won’t be that much difference facing Korobov,” said Charlo. “There is a size difference. He’s taller than Monroe, but I’ll just have to adjust my game plan. The best fighters in the world are the ones who are able to make the best adjustments. Beating Korobov is going to make the victory that much sweeter due to this adversity. That means the celebration is going to be sweeter as well. He was fighting on the undercard, so he’s prepared. But now fighting for the title in the top spot is going to make him fight harder. I love it. He’s a much better opponent on paper than Willie Monroe Jr.”

“I was training to fight on this card so I am physically and mentally ready to fight,” said Korobov. “It doesn’t matter that I am taking this fight on a week’s notice because I have been preparing for this moment my entire life. I will make a few adjustments for Charlo and make the most of this opportunity. Don’t miss it. Make sure you tune-in to FOX for a great fight.”

Korobov’s career high point was a unanimous decision victory over current super middleweight world champion Jose Uzcategui in 2014. His career loss came in a 2014 title fight against against Andy Lee who caught Korobov with a right hand for a sixth round TKO loss.

Charlo-Korobov are joined by Jermall defending his WBC super welterweight championship against Tony Harrison in the co-main event, while Dominic Breazeale battles fellow heavyweight contender Carlos Negron.

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