Jermall Charlo gets the decision over Brandon Adams but looks unimpressive.
Newly crowned WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo defended his title for the first time on June 29 against the winner of the fifth season of “The Contender” series, Brandon Adams.
The first round started out slow, as Charlo and Adams were jabbing and feeling each other out. Things did not heat up until the third round where the two finally stood in the pocket and fought toe-to-toe.
Charlo landed quite a few hard shots that seemed to shake Brandon Adams up a bit. Instead of getting back on his bike where he was more effective defensively, Adams elected to stay on his front-foot.
This resulted in him getting rocked continually with flush, hard left hooks and right uppercuts while position himself on the inside.
Through the middle rounds, Charlo continued to press the action. All the while, his opponent’s awkward, herky-jerky style allowed him to land an occasional jab and overhand right.
Charlo, even though winning the fight easily, was not winning impressively. Many felt Adams was over-matched before the fight, witnessed it during and felt the champion should have gotten him out of there.
Besides, Adams had been stopped before by former Liam Smith victim, John Thompson in two rounds four years ago.
After this performance, Canelo Alvarez may be interested in his old belt. The Mexican star is much more effective with counter-punches than Adams, who was able to land his fair share over the low hands of the champion.
Although, Charlo is a title holder, the fact that he is with PBC may make it difficult for him to get a fight with anyone on DAZN!
By: Jordan Whitehead