Charlo Wants the Best to Prove He’s the Best!
On December 6, WBC world middleweight champion Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo (29-0, 21 KO’s) will defend his belt against Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (28-2-1, 7 KO’s).
The upcoming dust-up to be staged in the Brooklyn Barclays Center will stand as his second title defense. The exciting bout will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME.
While Charlo is not overlooking Hogan, it’s clear that he wants to take on the other champions in the division.
The concussive-punching Texan has grown overtly frustrated trying to secure the major bouts that he craves. Earlier this year, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KO’s) was elevated from the regular WBC world middleweight champion to the never-before heard-of “Franchise champion”.
As a result, Charlo, who was the interim champion, was promoted to the regular WBC middleweight champion.
“That’s the main fight that I want, the champion you know. Canelo, you know, it’s that time. I’m 29, get this 30 [Hogan] out the way and then I’ll be thirty and then […] hopefully I can get that call and we can make it happen.
“It’s Canelo, you know the fight that I want. Champions want to fight the best, right? I’m the champ. They gave me the belt, I would have fought for the belt. They gave me the belt.
“I had to beat Adams’ ass, I did what I had to do. I got the belt, its that time you know what I mean. Y’all want to shut me up, right? They want to shut me up, they going to have to figure it out.”
On the one hand, Charlo is cool with being recognized as the champion. On the other hand, however, the Hit Man would have much preferred to have fought Canelo for the belt.
Instead, the belt was merely handed to him. Even now, the super fight with Alvarez is the bout that he is hungriest for. Yet, first things must come first, and the next order of business is Hogan.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
In regards to Hogan, it’s not so much that Charlo is looking past him. Rather, the Hit Man just doesn’t think he has the goods to topple him.
Interestingly, when Hogan slides through the ring ropes to tangle with Charlo, it will be his second consecutive title fight this year.
Six months ago, the crafty Irishman lost a highly controversial majority decision to WBO world super welterweight champion Jaime Munguia (34-0, 27 KO’s). The general consensus of those who witnessed the bout say Munguia was the benefactor of a gift decision.
In fact, the bout with Charlo will be the first fight that Hogan has contested within the middleweight division in roughly five years.
Jumping up in weight is not a big concern for the Hurricane. Also, the support of the pro-Irish crowd that he anticipates to be in attendance is a comfort.
All coupled with his skillset and Hogan is confident that he will walk away with the heavily coveted green belt. Charlo has other plans!
In the end, with all the bravado put to the side, we will just have to wait and see who has the goods to emerge victorious. 3kingsboxing will continue to cover this swiftly approaching title fight.
By: Bakari Simpson