Jermall Charlo (28-0, 21 KOs) defeated Matvey Korobov (28-2, 14 KOs) via unanimous decision in his last bout which took place on Saturday, December 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Charlo won via scores of 116-112, 116-112, and an absurd 119-108. The scorecards on the night did not do Korobov any justice as he gave Charlo one of the toughest fights in his young career.
With the victory, Charlo remains the WBC interim champion for Middleweight division champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs).
The future for Charlo remains bright, a few possible opponents for the Middleweight contender in 2019 are Canelo, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), Daniel Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs), Demetrius Andrade (26-0, 16 KOs).
The WBC has stated that they are set to order GGG vs. Charlo, with the winner receiving a title shot vs Canelo. With Charlo’s win over Korobov, he is set to start the negotiations for this fight.
This fight is the path to a title shot for both fighters. The only problem is the fact that GGG is a network free agent, and hasn’t formally signed with anyone. Regardless of who GGG ultimately signs with, this is the best possible matchup for Charlo to set-up him up for the Canelo bout.
Charlo vs. GGG would be a match-up with two of the hardest punchers in the division. There is no doubt it would be an action-packed and a fan-friendly fight.
IBF Middleweight champion, Daniel Jacobs is another high profile opponent for Jermall Charlo to fight in 2019. Realistically, this would be a great matchup, due to the level of both fighters skill, and the animosity between them.
Charlo has been waiting for his shot at the elite fighters in the Middleweight division but hasn’t been able to secure that fight just yet. A fight with Jacobs would be smart for both fighters to continue their paths to a Canelo, or GGG mega-fight.
Jacobs is an elite boxer with tremendous power, similar to that of Charlo. This would be one of very few fights that Charlo would be considered an underdog.
If Charlo and his team can’t make the GGG fight happen, which is a real possibility, then Daniel Jacobs should be next on his list.
Canelo is ultimately the fight that Charlo wants to secure in the Middleweight division. Charlo has been chasing boxing’s biggest star for years and is one fight away from earning the title shot.
Charlo vs. Canelo wouldn’t be the biggest fight to make in boxing, as Charlo isn’t on the level of superstardom that Canelo is. However, the matchup is very enticing, and boxing fans would win if the fight were finally to happen.
Jermall Charlo needs to stay active and get past GGG, but Canelo is right around the corner for the Middleweight showdown in 2019.