Jermall Charlo vs Matt Korobov ; Saturday, December 22 is a huge night for The Charlo twins, Premier Boxing Champions, and FOX.
Jermall Charlo will defend his interim WBC middleweight title against late replacement Matt Korobov. Jermall’s twin brother Jermell will face Tony Harrison in a defense of his WBC junior middleweight belt. The title doubleheader kicks of Premier Boxing Champions’ new TV deal with FOX. It marks the first time the Charlos have headlined a nationally televised card as well.
The show will be televised on FOX, of course, but if you’re not able to watch it on TV, you can catch both fights online. The entire event, which will also include a heavyweight tilt between Dominic Breazeale and Carlos Negron, can be seen via the FOX Sports Go app.
Both Charlos are undefeated and heavy favorites in their bouts.
|Jermall Charlo (c) -2500||Matt Korobov +1000||Middleweight title|
|Jermell Charlo (c) -1800||Tony Harrison +850||Junior middleweight title|
Korobov is replacing Willie Monroe Jr., who tested positive for a banned substance. Jermell is hoping a victory sets up a shot at WBC and WBA champion Canelo Alvarez. If not him, perhaps a bout with IBF champion Daniel Jacobs or WBO titleholder Demetrius Andrade.
All of those fights are complicated to negotiate because Alvarez, Jacobs, and Andrade are linked to DAZN.
Jermall’s next step seems to be a little clearer. If he can beat Harrison, a unification bout between him and IBF and WBA champion Jarrett Hurd–who is also a PBC fighter–would be in order. That is one of the best fights that can be made at 154 pounds–or any division.
Truthfully, Saturday’s bouts are designed to be showcase fights for the Charlos. Monroe, Korobov nor Harrison are seen as major challenges for the talented brothers from Houston, but this is boxing and funny things can happen during these kinds of matchups.
Harrison might be the most dangerous of the two major underdogs. He’ll enjoy a two-inch height advantage, and he’s displayed noteworthy power in his career. He’ll need to be at his best if he is going to topple Jermell. Korobov is a veteran who is sound fundamentally, but he is likely headed for a one-sided defeat. Jermall is bigger, stronger, faster and all around better.
If it goes longer than five rounds, it’ll be a shock.
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