Tonight features not one but two Charlo fights as twin brothers Jermall and Jermell head over to Fox and PBC. We’ll have live coverage right here.
Headlining the night is Jermall Charlo (27-0; 21 KOs) vs. Matt Korobov (28-1; 14 KOs) in a Middleweight fight. This is a late change, as the card was originally to be headlined by Jermall vs. Willie Monroe, but a failed drug test by Monroe in the past week caused him to be pulled and Korobov called up. Before that, it’s Jermell Charlo (31-0; 15 KOs) defending his WBC Light Middleweight title against Tony Harrison (27-2; 21 KOs). The show opens with a Heavyweight fight between Dominic Breazeale (19-1; 17 KOs) and Carlos Negron (20-1; 16 KOs). Here’s what I had to say about the main event in my preview:
This was originally scheduled as Charlo vs. Willie Monroe, but within the past week, Monroe tested positive for a banned substance and Korobov was promoted from a prelim fight on the card to the main event. And honestly, that’s just fine by me. Korobov is a skilled amateur and a 10 year pro whose lone career loss came against Andy Lee in 2014. He’s still outmatched here, but he’s a tough fighter who I suspect has more to offer than Monroe. Still, this fight is a showcase for Charlo (of course). Jermall has some good wins to his name, including Austin Trout and Julian Williams, and he has done well with his recent move up to Middleweight. Is he a bit protected in match-making? Sure. But he’s also a very good fighter who should win this. Jermall is currently ranked the #6 contender at Middleweight. It’s expected that with a Charlo win here, the WBC will order a Charlo vs. GGG fight – we’ll see if that actually comes to fruition.
Premier Boxing Champions Charlo vs. Korobov airs live on Fox tonight, Saturday, December 22, with a fight time of 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT. We will have live coverage here, including results and discussion all night, and round by round updates for the main event.
PBC CHARLO vs. KOROBOV FIGHT CARD
Jermall Charlo vs. Matt Korobov
Jermell Charlo vs. Tony Harrison
Dominic Breazeale vs. Carlos Negron