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The Charlo Twins – Double Trouble! – Jermell De’Avante Charlo

Tracey Langley

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Those husky voices are recognisable to me anywhere, it can only be America’s boxing twin stars Jermell and Jarmell Charlo.

These guys were born on the 19th May 1990 and are from Richmond, Texas.
Jermall is older than his identical twin Jermell only by a minute.
Both brothers graduated at Alief Hastings High School in Houston, Texas.

Their father was a former boxer and it was following their father into the gym that got them into the sport of boxing.

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Jermell De’Avante Charlo

Jermell De’Avante Charlo is an American professional boxer who was born on 19th May 1990. He has held the WBC light middleweight title since 2016. His identical twin brother, Jermall Charlo, is also a professional boxer and former world champion.

In 2017, Jermell was ranked as the world’s best active light middleweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) and as of August 2018, he is ranked as the world’s second best active light middleweight by The Ring Magazine and the TBRB and third by BoxRec.

Jermell is younger than his identical twin Jermall by one minute. Both brothers are graduates of Alief Hastings High School in Houston, Texas.
Thy began boxing when the started following their father, a former boxer, into the gym.

Jermell graduated to the elite level on the amateur boxing scene after two years, winning a bronze medal at the 2005 Junior Olympics at the age of 15. He ended his amateur career with a record of 56 wins and 8 losses.

On the 8th December 2007 Jermell began his professional career at the age of 17 with a four round decision win over Corey Sommerville. On 19th April 2008 he stopped Jesus Villareal in three rounds and after scoring an impressive first round TKO over Dwayne Jones in June, Jermell added the names of Rodrigo Villareal (TKO 4) and Deon Nash (W6) to his victims list before the year was out.

On 28th February 2009 he scored a shutout four round decision over Juan Serrano, he also got a decision win over Carlos Garcia over six rounds on the 4th April, TKO’d Federico Flores Jnr in the eighth round on the 26th June, defeated Vardan Gasparyan in six and then finished up the year with a second-round knockout of unbeaten prospect Abdon Lozano.

Charlo scored a sensational one-punch knockout of Chicago’s Chris Chatman in the third round. Chatman’s only previous loss was a six-round decision to 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade in 2009, but he was no match for Charlo, who controlled his awkward opponent for most of the fight. In the third round, he landed a flush straight right hand to Chatman’s chin and knocked him out at 1 minute, 22 seconds. With this win, at the age of 22, Charlo had a record of 22 wins, with no losses with 17 wins inside the distance.

On 8th June 2013 Jermell fought former light welterweight contender Demetrius Hopkins (33-2-1, 13 KOs). In a close back and forth affair where Charlo controlled the action in the early rounds with his aggression and power shots, he defeated Hopkins by unanimous decision. All three judges scored it 115-113. The crowd seemed to be displeased with the performances.

Charlo next fought in October against 34 year old Jose Angel Rodriguez (17-2-1, 2 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight at the BB&t Center in Florida. Charlo won the fight in the last round via TKO.

In November 2013, it was reported that Charlo would step up and fight Philadelphia veteran boxer and former world title challenger Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs) on 25th January 2014 at D.C. Armory in Washington on Showtime. Prior to the fight, Rosado was 0-2-1 in his last three fights and he was also moving back down to light middleweght after having little success at middleweight. He claimed he would be Charlo’s toughest fight but Charlo passed the biggest test of his career and looked good doing so as he easily out boxed Rosado to win a lopsided 10-round unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93 all in Charlo’s favor. Charlo landed 50% of his punches thrown compared to Rosado’s 18%.

On 24th May 2014, Jermell defeated Charlie Ota at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Jermell was dropped in round 3 but he still won a unanimous decision after twelve rounds, with the scorecards reading 118-109 twice and 115-111.

Jermell was scheduled to fight Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the 13th December 2014 for the WBO light middleweight title but on 16th November it was cancelled due to purse issues. Andrade was reportedly offered $250,000, but later increased to what would be a career high $300,000 purse.
So after the cancellation of the Andrade fight, Jermell fought in December 2014 against Mario Alberto Lozano on the undercard of Amir Khan v Devon Alexander at the famous MGM Grand Garden Arena. Charlo won a clear 100-90 on all three scorecards of the 10 round fight.

On 17th February 2015 Showtime announced that Jermell Charlo would appear on a doubleheader at the Palms Resort Casino in Vegas on 28th March against former world title challenger Vanes Martirosyan (35-1-1, 25 KOs). It was a 10 round fight and Martirosyan weighed in at 153 pounds, however Charlo stood on the scales at 154.75 pounds. Because there was no title at stake, there was not a hard weight limit in place. It appeared the contract stated there was a +/- 1 lb. tolerance and this is a common case in non-title fights. Charlo won a fairly contentious unanimous decision. The scores were 97-93, 96-94, 96-94, and both fighters started the fight slow utilizing their respected jabs. Charlo landed the faster punches but they came with little damage, although they were point scoring shots. Martirosyan was the boxer coming forward more and managing to find the bigger shots and by round 4, Martirosyan began to miss most of his punches with Charlo countering well. The remainder of the fight was closely contested and in round 8, there was a timeout period following an accidental clash of heads. The ringside doctor checked Martirosyan’s left eye. Martirosyan felt he won the fight.

On 25th September 2015, Premier Boxing Champions announced that Charlo would next fight former light middleweight champion Joachim Aloine (35-7-2, 21 KOs) on the 31st October at the NRG Arena in Houston, Texas. Jermell won the fight after knocking Alcine out in round 6 of their scheduled 12 round bout. Charlo out boxed Alcine for 5 rounds eventually dropping him in round 6 with a right hand to the head. Alcine beat the count but looked badly hurt, Charlo followed on by landing a barrage of punches to which Alcine couldn’t respond causing referee Jon Schorle to stop the fight at 1 minute and 20 seconds. After the fight, Charlo called out the recently retired Floyd Mayweather. At the age of 39, this was Alcine’s final professional fight as he announced his retirement.

During the annual WBC Convention in China, it was announced that Jermell would fight John Jackson (20-2, 15 KOs) for the vacant WBC light middleweight title. The title became vacant following the retirement of the onle and only Floyd Mayweather Jnr. The fight took place on the 21st May 2015 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Vegas. There was a great undercard that included top light middleweight boxers Erislandy Lara, , Vanes Martirosyan, Austin Trout and Jermell’s brother Jermall who successfully defended his IBF title.
Through the first 7 rounds, Jermell had only won one round on all three judges scorecards, badly trailing (64-69). In round 8, Charlo hit Jackson with a right hand to the head followed by two lefts as Jackson turned away to adjust his mouthpiece and failed to keep his guard up. Referee Tony Weeks immediately jumped in to protect Jackson, who was knocked into the corner turnbuckle, and signaled the knockout 51 seconds into the round.

In December 2016, at the 54th WBC Convention in Miami, Florida. It was announced that Charlo would have to fight two mandatory fights. The first of the two defenses would be in February 2017 against Charles Hatley, ranked #2 by the WBC.

The second mandatory would be decided when the winner of #5 ranked Erickson Lubin v Jorge Cota ranked #8 on 4th March to fight the winner of #3 ranked Martirosyan and another contender.

Lubin knocked Cota out in round 4 of their fight moving towards becoming the youngest world champion at the age of 21.

Charlo’s defence against Hatley was pushed back to 22nd April 2017 on the Shawn Porter v Andre Berto undercard. It was confirmed before the fight that Charlo would earn $100,000 and Hatley would receive a $85,000 purse. Charlo successfully defended his WBC title for the first time when he knocked Hatley out unconscious in round 6 after a right hook to the head. Before the end, Charlo was in control landing successive power shots. Hatley was also knocked down in round 3 following a combination of shots from Charlo. In the aftermath of the fight, Charlo spoke about a potential unification fight against Jarret Hurd, who had won the vacant IBF title in February 2017, the title that previously belonged to Jermell’s twin brother Jermall who had moved up to middleweight.

On 11th May 2017 the WBC updated their rankings, placing 21 year old undefeated American prospect Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs) at number one. He moved up following his win over Cota. The ranking made Lubin the mandatory challenger for Charlo’s world title. On 20th July, Boxing Scene reported the fight could take place on 30th September 2017 as part of a double header, which would include Jarret Hurd defending his IBF title against former light middleweight champion Austin Trout on Showtime. On 24th August, Ring TV announced that the fight between Charlo and Lubin would take place on 14th October at the Barclays Center in New York and on the undercard would be Erislandy Lara defending his WBA title against Terrell Gausha with the card being billed as a super welterweight triple-header.

In front of a crowd of 7,643, Jermell won the fight via first-round knockout to retain his WBC title. The opening round was cagey, with Charlo and Lubin not throwing much and hardly getting hit. The end came in the closing stages of the round when Charlo landed a huge right hand, landing flush on Lubin, dropping him backwards onto the canvas. Lubin did manage to get up, but the fight had already been stopped by referee Harvey Dock who halted the fight immediately after Lubin was dropped and seeing him in pain.
After the fight, Charlo called out IBF champion Jarret Hurd. “Give me another title. I want Hurd. Hurd just fought. He just won. Give me Hurd. I want Hurd.”

Lubin believed he could have continued, but admitted the stoppage was fair, stating “he caught me with a blind shot. I didn’t see it coming. He landed it. I got up. I felt like I could keep fighting, but it happens. I wanted to entertain the crowd. He caught me with a blind shot that I didn’t see.” The official time of stoppage was 2 minutes, 41 seconds. A member of Lubin’s camp threw a chair at Jermall Charlo after the fight ended.

On the 24th January this year, it was announced at a Showtime press conference that Jermell would make a third defence of his WBC title on the 9th June on the undercard of Santa Cruz v Mares II at the Staples Center in LA. However, on the 10th April it was announced that Charlo would fight former world champion Austin Trout (31-4, 17 KOs). The fight would mark Trout’s third world title attempt in his last four fights. In October 2017, he suffered his first stoppage defeat to the hands of IBF champion Jarret Hurd and prior to that, in May 2016, he lost a decision to Jermell’s brother and then-IBF titleholder Jermall Charlo. Coming into this fight, Trout defeated Colombian boxer Juan De Angel via an 8 round unanimous decision in February 2018. Charlo retained his title defeating Trout in a close bout. One judge scored the bout 113-113, however the remaining two judges scored the bout 115-111 and 118-108 for Charlo, giving him the majority decision win. Charlo knocked Trout down in rounds 3 and 9. The bout, which was mostly a tactical affair, was not well received by the fans in attendance. They booed during the bout and again during the post fight interview of Charlo. The first knockdown came with a combination of punches finished with a left hook to the head. After the knockdown, Trout began to fight more defensively but a counter left hook dropped Trout a second time. After the fight, Trout said, “Take away the knockdowns, and I won the fight.” Charlo stated his frustrations, “I knew he would come in and try to survive. I could catch him with my hook.” According to CompuBox, Charlo landed 106 of 421 punches (25%) and Trout landed 82 of 407 his punches (20%). For his defence, Charlo was paid $750,000 and Trout received a $250,000 paycheck. The fight averaged 532,000 and peaked at 575,000 viewers.

Professional boxing record:
31 Fights. 31 Wins. 15 Wins by way of KO. 16 Wins by decision. No losses.

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