REPORT: Update On Jermell Charlo’s Next Fight
An exciting light-middleweight unification bout may be taking place within the next few months. According to ESPN, Jermell Charlo will defend his WBC Light-Middleweight Title against WBA, IBF, and IBO Light-Middleweight Champion Jeison Rosario.
The unification bout has been accepted by the IBF, and the two could end up fighting by late September.
Jermell (33-1) made his professional debut in 2007. The brother of WBC Middleweight Champion Jermall Charlo beat John Jackson for the WBC Light-Middleweight Title in 2016. He defended the belt three times before losing it to Tony Harrison in a contested unanimous decision loss in 2018. Charlo rebounded with a win over Jorge Cota in June 2019 and ended up winning the title back from Harrison in December of that year. The win would come via TKO in California.
Rosario (20-1-1) made his professional debut in 2013. Since losing to Nathaniel Gallimore in 2017, Rosario is 8-0-1 in nine fights. After beating Cota in April 2019, the 25-year-old beat Julian Williams in January for the WBA, IBF, and IBO Light-Middleweight Titles. Rosario has expressed a desire to face Charlo.
“I’m familiar with Jermell Charlo. He wants my titles, I want his title. I want to be able to unify the junior middleweight division,” Rosario stated, via Bad Left Hook. “My objective, if I had my choice, is Jermell Charlo. He is the best in the division and I want to prove that I am truly the best at 154.”
Williams recently called the bout a 50-50 fight and was interested in facing Jermell.
It is unknown where the fight would take place if it were to happen. Premier Boxing Champion could end up hosting events in Uncasville, CT or Los Angeles.