Let’s be clear about one thing. Jermall Charlo’s Round 4 TKO of Jorge Sebastian Heiland Saturday night in Brooklyn proves next to nothing. Charlo was dominant–he knocked down Sebastian in Round 2 and again in the fourth, with referee Benjy Esteves waving off the action with 47 seconds left in the round. The 27-year-old Charlo improved his record to 26-0 with 20 KOs.
It was exactly the kind of performance that was expected from Charlo, though we might as well give him credit for doing what he was supposed to do. A young fighter can trip over this type of bout but Charlo vaulted past it like a thoroughbred crossing a narrow stream.
The Transnational Boxing Rankings had Heiland placed at No. 10 at middleweight prior to this fight, but that seems like a stretch to me. His resume reads more like a fringe contender’s.
Still, he is hardly a fighter who shows up planning to lose. In 2014 he went to Dublin and knocked out Matthew Macklin in his own backyard. Still, his resume is more of a “Who’s that?” than a “Who’s Who.” Aside from Macklin, Heiland’s only recognizable opponent is Sebastian Zbik, who defeated him by unanimous decision in 2010.
What’s noteworthy here is that Charlo has now officially joined the ranks of the middleweight division. Based on his work at 154 pounds, where he beat Austin Trout by a comfortable margin and knocked out Julian Williams and Cornelius Bundrage, I think it is appropriate to already rank Charlo in the top five at 160 pounds. I’d place him behind only Gennady Golovkin, Saul Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs.
In a fair world, Jacobs would get the winner of Golovkin and Alvarez. I actually thought Jacobs deserved the nod over Golovkin when they fought earlier this year.
But the boxing world is hardly fair. So I don’t expect Jacobs to get that opportunity.
I would love to see him matched with Charlo. It would be by far the toughest opponent of Charlo’s career. For Jacobs, it would be an opportunity to remind everybody that remains among the middleweight elite and cannot be overlooked.