Undefeated Jermall Charlo returns to the ring to defend his interim WBC middleweight title against twice-beaten challenger Brandon Adams on June 29, 2019, at the NRG Arena in Charlo’s hometown of Houston, Texas.
One-Half Of The Charlo Twins
Jermall Charlo is one-half of the Charlo twins who are the first twins to win a world boxing title and the first twins to hold world title simultaneously. Jermall is the current interim WBC middleweight champion and formerly held the interim IBF junior middleweight championship. This bout marks Jermall’s 8th bout in his home state of Texas.
Charlo enters this fight with a 28-0 record with 21 knockouts. He is coming off a December win over Matt Korobov in a fight where it appeared that he was outboxed. Despite that controversial decision, Charlo has true knockout power which has produced a stoppage in five out of his last seven bouts. The 29-year old Charlo stands 6-0 tall and has a reach of 73.5 inches while fighting as an orthodox fighter.
Jermall is the harder hitting twin and he is gifted with elite athleticism as well as punching power in both hands. He has a strong, laser jab which he uses to set-up his punches. Jermall also throws accurate punches and has multiple punch combinations. His overhand right hits like a hammer and has dropped many opponents. He has the ability to slip punches and also has quick feet.
Odds are not yet available.
Contender Season 5 Tournament Winner
Brandon Adams is the WBO’s #6 ranked middleweight. He rose to fame after winning the Contender Season 5 boxing tournament. Adams had a mediocre amateur career when he turned pro under the tutelage of Dub Huntley and Freddie Roach. This will be his Adams’ first world title shot and arguably the biggest fight of his professional boxing career.
Adams heads to this fight with a record of 21-2 with 13 knockouts. Adams has won five out of his last six bouts and is coming off an impressive win over Shane Mosley Jr. last November, in the finals of The Contender Season 5 TV series. The 29-year old Adams stands 5-8 tall and has a reach of 70 inches while fighting out of the orthodox stance.
When he joined the Contender series, Adams was a virtual unknown. But after winning the popular series, he has picked up big wins under his belt. Wins over Mosley, Eric Walker, and Ievgen Khrytov have surely boosted Adams’ stock. Inside the ring, Adams has developed into a more patient fighter who relies on his movement and counterpunching. He is also good at getting in and out with decent head movement.
The boxing betting odds for this bout aren’t out yet but when they are revealed, Jermall Charlo should be a sizeable betting favorite over Brandon Adams. Not only is he undefeated and the defending champion in the fight, but he’s also the fighter who has more fight experience and has the better resume.
But remember that Jermall is coming off a fight where some felt he lost. Charlo was for sure outboxed by Matt Korobov for the most part of their December bout. Whether he lost or not is subject to debate. What is certain though is that despite this man’s devastating punching power, he has some weaknesses and Korobov showed that Jermall can be outboxed. But props to Charlo for finishing that fight strong and almost ending it in a stoppage in the final round.
As for Adams, there is a part of me that says he shouldn’t be fighting Jermall Charlo. He’s a fighter whose two losses have come against John Thompson and Willie Monroe Jr., who are certainly below Jermall Charlo’s level. But ever since he got invited to the Contender 5 series and won the tournament, he has shown a lot of improvement. Wins over the likes of Eric Walker, Ievgen Khrytov and Shane Mosley Jr. proved that he has gone a long way from where he started. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s become world class-enough to beat Jermall Charlo.
I think Adams will try to outbox Charlo while staying away from Jermall’s punching range. But that’s going to be difficult because Charlo is bigger and longer than him. What he might do is try not being the aggressor and instead be patient and wait to counter Jermall. That won’t be easy either. But he doesn’t have many choices. For sure, he can’t go toe to toe with Jermall. If Adams was stopped early by John Thompson, for sure Charlo’s right hand is going to put him to sleep.
Brandon Adams has improved over the years. Despite that, I don’t think he is in Jermall Charlo’s league. I don’t think this is a mismatch but I think Charlo wins it easy. It’s either he ends it quickly or tires Adams and gets him in the middle rounds. I’m picking Jermall Charlo to win by stoppage. Prediction: Jermall Charlo