Jermell Charlo

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Jermell Charlo
Real nameJermell De'Avante Charlo
Nickname(s)Iron Man
Weight(s)Light middleweight
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[1]
Reach73 in (185 cm)[1]
Born (1990-05-19) May 19, 1990 (age 28)
Richmond, Texas, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights31
Wins by KO15

Jermell De'Avante Charlo (born May 19, 1990) is an American professional boxer who has held the WBC light middleweight title since 2016. His identical twin brother, Jermall Charlo, is also a professional boxer and former world champion. In 2017, Jermell was ranked as the world's best active light middleweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB).[2] As of August 2018, he is ranked as the world's second best active light middleweight by The Ring magazine[3] and the TBRB, and third by BoxRec.[4]

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Jermell is younger than his identical twin Jermall by one minute.[5] Both brothers are graduates of Alief Hastings High School in Houston, Texas. They began boxing when they started following their father, a former boxer, into the gym.[6] Jermell graduated to the elite level on the amateur boxing scene after two years, winning a bronze medal at the 2005 Junior Olympics at age fifteen.[7] He ended his amateur career with a record of 56 wins and 8 losses.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

He began his professional career at the age of 17 on December 8, 2007 with a four-round decision win over Corey Sommerville. On April 19, 2008, he stopped Jesus Villareal in three rounds and after scoring an impressive first-round TKO over Dwayne Jones in June, Charlo added the names Rodrigo Villareal (TKO4) and Deon Nash (W6) to his victims list before the year was out. In 2009, he scored a shutout four-round decision over Juan Serrano on February 28, got a decision win over Carlos Garcia over six rounds on April 4, TKO'd Federico Flores Jr. in the eighth round on June 26, defeated Vardan Gasparyan in six, and then finished up the year with a second-round knockout of unbeaten prospect Abdon Lozano.

Charlo scored a sensational one-punch knockout of Chicago's Chris Chatman in the third round. Chatman's only previous loss was a six-round decision to 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade in 2009, but he was no match for Charlo, who controlled his awkward opponent for most of the fight. In the third round, he landed a flush straight right hand to Chatman's chin and knocked him out at 1 minute, 22 seconds. With this win, at the age of 22, Charlo had a record of 22 wins, with no losses with 17 wins inside the distance.[8]

On June 8, 2013, Charlo fought former light welterweight contender Demetrius Hopkins (33-2-1, 13 KOs). In a close back and forth affair were Charlo controlled the action in the early rounds with his aggression and power shots, he defeated Hopkins by unanimous decision. All three judges scored it 115-113. The crowd seemed to be displeased with the performances.[9]

Charlo next fought in October against 34 year old Jose Angel Rodriguez (17-2-1, 2 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight at the BB&t Center in Sunrise, Florida.[10] Charlo won the fight in the last round via TKO.

Rise up the ranks[edit]

Charlo vs. Rosado[edit]

In November 2013, it was reported that Charlo would step up and fight Philadelphia veteran boxer and former world title challenger Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs) on January 25, 2014 at D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. on Showtime. Prior to the fight, Rosado was 0-2-1 in his last three fights.[11] He was also moving back down to light middleweght after having little success at middlweight and claimed he would be Charlo's toughest fight.[12] Charlo passed the biggest test of his career and looked good doing so as he easily out boxed Rosado to win a lopsided 10-round unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93 all in Charlo's favor. Charlo landed 50% of his punches thrown compared to Rosado's 18%.[13][14][15] The fight averaged 472,000 viewers on Showtime.[16]

On May 24, 2014 Charlo defeated Charlie Ota at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Charlo was dropped in round 3 but he still won a unanimous decision after twelve rounds, with the scorecards reading 118-109 twice and 115-111.[17][18]

Charlo vs. Andrade negotiations[edit]

Charlo was scheduled to fight Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on December 13, 2014 for WBO light middleweight title but on November 16 was cancelled due to purse issues.[19] Andrade was reportedly offered $250,000, but later increased to what would be a career high $300,000 purse.[20][21]

Following the cancellation of the Andrade fight, Charlo fought in December 2014 against Mario Alberto Lozano on the undercard of Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Charlo won a clear 100-90 on all three scorecards of the 10 round fight.[22]

In January 2015, Banner Promotions who promote Andrade stated the fight was back on and likely to take place in the Spring of 2015.[23] The following month, Star Boxing and Banner Promotions announced a deal was being worked out, however a fight did not materialise.[24]

Charlo vs. Martirosyan[edit]

On February 17, 2015 Showtime announced that Charlo would appear on a doubleheader at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. on March 28 against former world title challenger Vanes Martirosyan (35-1-1, 25 KOs).[25] Other venues discussed for the bout were Illusions Theatre in San Antonio, Texas and StubHub Center in Carson, California.[26] The fight was contested over 10 rounds. Martirosyan weighed 153 pounds, however Charlo stood on the scales at 154.75 pounds. Because there was no title at stake, there was not a hard weight limit in place. It appeared the contract stated there was a +/- 1 lb. tolerance. This is a common case in non-title fights.[27] Charlo won a fairly contentious unanimous decision. The scores were 97-93, 96-94, 96-94.[28] Both fighters started the fight slow utilizing their respected jabs. Charlo landed the faster punches but they came with little damage, although they were point scoring shots. Martirosyan was the boxer coming forward more and managing to find the bigger shots. By round 4, Martirosyan began to miss most of his punches with Charlo countering well. The remainder of the fight was closely contested. In round 8, there was a timeout period following an accidental clash of heads. The ringside doctor checked Martirosyan's left eye.[29] Martirosyan felt he won the fight.[30]

On September 25, Premier Boxing Champions announced that Charlo would next fight former light middleweight champion Joachim Alcine (35-7-2, 21 KOs) On October 31 at the NRG Arena in Houston, Texas.[31] Charlo won the fight after knocking Alcine out in round 6 of their scheduled 12 round bout. Charlo outboxed Alcine for 5 rounds eventually dropping him in round 6 with a right hand to the head. Alcine beat the count but looked badly hurt. Charlo followed on by landing a barrage of punches to which Alcine had no reply to causing feferee Jon Schorle to stop the fight at 1 minute and 20 seconds. After the fight, Charlo called out the recently retired Floyd Mayweather.[32][33] At the age of 39, this was Alcine's final professional fight as he announced his retirement.[34]

WBC light middleweight champion[edit]

Charlo vs. Jackson[edit]

During the annual WBC Convention in Kunming, China it was announced that Charlo would fight John Jackson (20-2, 15 KOs) for the vacant WBC light middleweight title. The title became vacant following the retirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr.[35] The fight took place on May 21, 2015 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas. The card also included top light middleweight boxers Erislandy Lara, Vanes Martirosyan, Austin Trout and brother Jermall, who successfully defended his IBF title. Through the first 7 rounds, Charlo had only won one round on all three judges scorecards, badly trailing (64-69). In round 8, Charlo hit Jackson with a right hand to the head followed by two lefts as Jackson turned away to adjust his mouthpiece and failed to keep his guard up. Referee Tony Weeks immediately jumped in to protect Jackson, who was knocked into the corner turnbuckle, and signaled the knockout 51 seconds into the round.[36]

Charlo vs. Hatley[edit]

In December 2016, at the WBC 54th Convention in Miami, Florida. It was announced that Charlo would be due to fight two mandatory fights. The first of the two defenses would be in February 2017 against Charles Hatley, ranked #2 by WBC. The second mandatory would be decided when the winner of #5 ranked Erickson Lubin vs. Jorge Cota ranked #8 on March 4 fight the winner of #3 ranked Martirosyan and another contender.[37] Lubin knocked Cota out in round 4 of their fight moving towards becoming the youngest world champion at the age of 21.[38]

Charlo's defence against Hatley was pushed back to April 22, 2017 on the Shawn Porter vs. Andre Berto undercard.[39] It was confirmed before the fight that Charlo would earn $100,000 and Hatley would receive a $85,000 purse.[40] Charlo successfully defended his WBC title for the first time when he knocked Hatley out unconscious in round 6 after a right hook to the head. Before the end, Charlo was in control landing successive power shots. Hatley was also knocked down in round 3 following a combination of shots from Charlo.[41][42] In the aftermath of the fight, Charlo spoke about a potential unification fight against Jarret Hurd, who won the vacant IBF title in February 2017, the title that previously belonged to Jermell's twin brother Jermall who moved up to middleweight.[43] The fight averaged 401,000 viewers on Showtime.[44]

Charlo vs. Lubin[edit]

On May 11, 2017 the WBC updated their rankings, placing 21 year old undefeated American prospect Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs) at number one. He moved up following his win over Cota. The ranking made Lubin the mandatory challenger for Charlo's world title.[45] On July 20, Boxing Scene reported the fight could take place on September 30, 2017 as part of a double header, which would include Jarrett Hurd defending his IBF title against former light middleweight champion Austin Trout on Showtime.[46] On August 24, Ringtv announced that the fight between Charlo and Lubin would take place on October 14 at the Barclays Center in New York City. Also on the card would see Erislandy Lara defend his WBA title against Terrell Gausha, with the card being billed as a super welterweight triple-header.[47]

In front of 7,643, Charlo won the fight via first-round knockout to retain his WBC title. The opening round was cagey, with Charlo and Lubin not throwing much and hardly getting hit. The end came in the closing stages of the round when Charlo landed a huge right hand, landing flush on Lubin, dropping him backwards onto the canvas. Lubin did manage to get up, but the fight had already been stopped by referee Harvey Dock, who halted the fight immediately after Lubin was dropped and seeing him in pain. After the fight, Charlo called out IBF champion Jarrett Hurd, "Give me another title. I want Hurd. Hurd just fought. He just won. Give me Hurd. I want Hurd." Lubin believed he could have continued, but admitted the stoppage was fair, stating "He caught me with a blind shot. I didn't see it coming. He landed it. I got up. I felt like I could keep fighting, but it happens. I wanted to entertain the crowd. He caught me with a blind shot that I didn't see." The official time of stoppage was 2 minutes, 41 seconds. A member of Lubin's camp threw a chair at Jermall Charlo after the fight ended.[48][49] Charlo earned a purse of $450,000, while Lubin earned $225,000 for the fight.[50] The fight averaged 495,000 viewers and peaked 537,000 viewers on Showtime.[51]

Charlo vs. Trout[edit]

At a Showtime press conference on January 24, 2018 it was announced that Charlo would make a third defence of his WBC title on June 9 on the undercard of Santa Cruz vs. Mares II at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.[52][53] On April 10, it was announced that Charlo would fight former world champion Austin Trout (31-4, 17 KOs). The fight would mark Trout's third world title attempt in his last four fights. In October 2017, he suffered his first stoppage defeat to the hands of IBF champion Jarrett Hurd and prior to that, in May 2016, he lost a decision to Jermell's brother and then-IBF titleholder Jermall Charlo. Coming into this fight, Trout defeated Colombian boxer Juan De Angel via an 8 round unanimous decision in February 2018.[54] Charlo retained his title defeating Trout in a close bout. One judge scored the bout 113-113, however the remaining two judges scored the bout 115-111 and 118-108 for Charlo, giving him the majority decision win. Charlo knocked Trout down in rounds 3 and 9. The bout, which was mostly a tactical affair, was not well received by the fans in attendance. They booed during the bout and again during the post fight interview of Charlo. The first knockdown came with a combination of punches finished with a left hook to the head. After the knockdown, Trouth began to fight more defensively. A counter left hook dropped Trout a second time.[55][56] After the fight, Trout said, "Take away the knockdowns, and I won the fight." Charlo stated his frustrations, "I knew he would come in and try to survive. I could catch him with my hook." According to CompuBox, Charlo landed 106 of 421 punches (25%) and Trout landed 82 of 407 his punches (20%).[57] For his defence, Charlo was paid $750,000 and Trout received a $250,000 paycheck.[58] The fight averaged 532,000 and peaked at 575,000 viewers.[59]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
31 fights 31 wins 0 losses
By knockout 15 0
By decision 16 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
32 N/A N/A United States Tony Harrison N/A – (12) Dec 22, 2018 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Defending WBC light middleweight title
31 Win 31–0 United States Austin Trout MD 12 Jun 9, 2018 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retained WBC light middleweight title
30 Win 30–0 United States Erickson Lubin KO 1 (12), 2:41 Oct 14, 2017 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBC light middleweight title
29 Win 29–0 United States Charles Hatley KO 6 (12), 0:32 Apr 22, 2017 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBC light middleweight title
28 Win 28–0 United States Virgin Islands John Jackson TKO 8 (12), 0:51 May 21, 2016 United States Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBC light middleweight title
27 Win 27–0 Canada Joachim Alcine TKO 6 (10), 1:21 Oct 31, 2015 United States NRG Arena, Houston, Texas, U.S.
26 Win 26–0 United States Vanes Martirosyan UD 10 Mar 28, 2015 United States Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
25 Win 25–0 Mexico Miguel Alberto Lozano UD 10 Dec 13, 2014 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
24 Win 24–0 United States Charlie Ota UD 12 May 24, 2014 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
23 Win 23–0 United States Gabriel Rosado UD 10 Jan 25, 2014 United States D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S.
22 Win 22–0 United States Jose Angel Rodriguez TKO 10 (10), 1:41 Oct 14, 2013 United States BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida, U.S.
21 Win 21–0 United States Demetrius Hopkins UD 12 Jun 8, 2013 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S. Won USBA light middleweight title
20 Win 20–0 United States Harry Joe Yorgey KO 8 (10), 1:09 Jan 26, 2013 United States The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas light middleweight title
19 Win 19–0 United States Dashon Johnson UD 10 Nov 24, 2012 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 United States Denis Douglin KO 5 (10), 1:12 Jun 23, 2012 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 United States Chris Chatman TKO 3 (10), 1:22 Mar 24, 2012 United States Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Francisco Santana UD 8 Oct 7, 2011 United States Texas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 United States Larry Smith UD 6 Jun 17, 2011 United States State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Luis Grajeda UD 8 Nov 12, 2010 United States State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Quinton Whitaker TKO 2 (8), 2:44 Aug 6, 2010 United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Adan Murillo TKO 1 (6), 1:03 Jun 18, 2010 United States Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Gerardo Cesar Prieto UD 8 Mar 27, 2010 United States The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Abdon Lozano KO 2 (6), 2:11 Dec 12, 2009 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Armenia Vito Gasparyan UD 6 Aug 22, 2009 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Federico Flores Jr. TKO 8 (8), 0:42 Jun 26, 2009 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Puerto Rico Carlos Garcia UD 6 Apr 4, 2009 United States Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Dominican Republic Juan Serrano UD 4 Feb 28, 2009 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Deon Nash UD 6 Oct 10, 2008 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Rodrigo Villarreal TKO 4 (4), 0:15 Sep 6, 2008 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Dwayne Jones TKO 1 (4), 2:36 Jun 13, 2008 United States Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Jesus Villareal TKO 3 (4), 1:30 Apr 19, 2008 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Corey Sommerville UD 4 Dec 8, 2007 United States Fitzgerald's Casino and Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.


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WBC Continental Americas
light middleweight champion

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