Saturday night in Las Vegas, Showtime broadcast a very good junior middleweight triple-header. Twin brothers Jermell and Jermall Charlo made history when Jermell joined his brother by becoming a world champion, by capturing the vacant WBC belt with a dramatic knockout of John Jackson.
Jermall retained his IBF title by defeating former WBA champion Austin Trout via unanimous decision in a competitive and very well-fought bout. The Charlo’s training partner Erislandy Lara retained his WBA title by defeating Vanes Martirosyan in yet another hard-fought battle. Lara demonstrated his impeccable footwork, but Martirosyan also demonstrated that he remains one of the division’s top fighters.
It was an entertaining and relevant night of boxing, with all three champions picking up decent wins.
However, one of these guys absolutely needs to fight Julian Williams, and soon. J-Rock is quickly becoming the 154-pound division’s version of Gennady Golovkin, a dangerous fighter nobody wants to face.
Julian Williams is currently 22-0-1 with 15 KOs. He’s won seven of his last 10 by KO. He’s the IBF mandatory, so Jermall Charlo should have to face him in his next fight.
I don’t necessarily view Williams as the favorite in that bout, if it should end up happening. However, it’s exactly the kind of fight that makes true boxing fans salivate. This would be a showdown between two potential superstars, both entering their competitive primes.
Both men have outstanding amateur backgrounds, yet their styles and physical abilities were clearly designed for the professional game. Each man is a very big junior middleweight with dangerous punching power.
With Saul Avarez recently dropping his WBC middleweight title and balking at the idea of moving to 160 pounds, there’s no doubt that title-holders like the Charlos are anxious to secure a shot at the sport’s current pay-per-view attraction. But hopefully Jermall’s pride will push him to face off with Williams before he does anything else.