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Jermall Charlo expected to end two year hiatus in June

Jermall Charlo
Jermall Charlo

Undefeated WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo 32-0 (22) is expected to return to the ring in the middle of the year after two years on the sidelines.

The undefeated 32-year-old Texan was last in action in June 2021 when he pitched a virtual shutout against Juan Macias Montiel. He has not boxed since due to injuries and personal issues.

Broadcaster Showtime expect to have him back in action in the northern summer.

“Jermall Charlo is the most intriguing name out there. He hasn’t fought since June 2021. He came back recently on social media and said ‘I’ll be back this June’, which would be around the two-year anniversary of his last fight,” said Chris Mannix on The Volume before asking Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza: “Are you expecting him to be added to the calendar at the end of June? What are the realistic expectations for Jermall Charlo being off this long?”

“I do expect him; whether it’s June or early July, somewhere around there, it makes sense. We’re close to finalizing the fight,” Espinoza replied. “I’m going to be completely candid; he has been off two years with an injury and personal issues to be sorted out. He is anxious to be back in the ring.

“I think, being completely candid, 160 isn’t the deepest division. There’s very good talent at the top, but there’s a gap once you get past the top names. I don’t think it’s fair to ask him to come off the injury and some time off to take on the toughest opponent at the top of the list.

“It’s clearly not going to be [WBC interim titleholder Carlos] Adames or someone like that, but I think it’ll be a credible fight, and then I’d look to see a meaningful fight like Adames for the next fight for later on this year.”

Mannix flagged a move up to super middleweight for Charlo where he could potentially be matched with southpaw Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade 32-0 (19).

“If he goes to 168, there’s a former two-division world titleholder hanging out in the PBC universe now. An undefeated American trash talker,” Mannix said.

Espinoza offered a cheeky reply: “Checking my watch, we’re seven minutes into the interview. You waited seven minutes to bring up Demetrius Andrade.”

“I did and he’s been off for so long too. These guys are so inactive. Get back in there and fight each other,” said Mannix.

“Well, look, for once, I agree with you,” said Espinoza. “That’s a backhanded compliment right there,” said Mannix.

Showtime will broadcast the super middleweight fight between form IBF champion Caleb ‘Sweethands’ Plant 22-1 (13) and David ‘El Bandera Roja’ Benavidez 26-0 (23) on March 25 while undisputed 168-pound champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 58-2-2 (39) is expected to face John ‘The Gorilla’ Ryder 32-5 (18) on DAZN in May.

“In March, we have a big fight with Benavidez-Plant. Canelo seems to have other plans for the foreseeable future. Maybe he secures the [Dmitry] Bivol fight in the fall, or maybe he doesn’t,” said Espinoza.

“Let’s assume he’s true to his word and he does that. Then the rest of the guys, you throw their names in the hat. Benavidez-Plant, Charlo if he moves up there, [David] Morrell and Andrade.There’s plenty of talent there, plenty of good fights.

“I don’t see why Andrade or anyone else in that pool can’t do high-level fights even without Canelo in the mix.”