Jermell Charlo thinks David Benavidez is a great fight for Jermall
In 2020, a social media rivalry between WBC World middleweight champion Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo (32-0, 22 KO’s) and super middleweight David “Red Flag” Benavidez (24-0, 21 KO’s) was spawned. Initially it was mutual animosity with both claiming that they would fight the other. Sadly, halfway through the proceedings, Charlo jarringly shifted direction and changed his tune.
In his updated talking points he now ridiculed Benavidez, essentially labeling him a ‘nobody’ and unworthy challenge. This is ironic because his brother, WBA Super, IBF and WBC World super welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (34-1, 18 KO’s) feels very differently about the matter. Naturally, he will always have his brother’s back and be quick to shield him. In fact, this is exactly what Jermell revealed to Brian Custer on the Last Stand Podcast.
“Like my brother might say something stupid to like somebody like a Benavidez and he call him out and they beefing and they talking, and everybody want to jump on my tail but I am not even the one that called out Benavidez! But I got to defend my brother, so I’m going to stand strong and defend my brother no matter what. If my brother say he can beat him and will fight him then I believe in my brother.”
THAT’S A GOOD SCRAP!
Outside of serving as his brother’s keeper though, the 154-pound Charlo certainly sees value and merit in a prizefight with Benavidez
“…that would be a good fight for my brother, to make a name, it would do a lot of stuff. Benavidez don’t stop, he keep punching. I seen him fight in person and he is a cool guy. You know, got like a good attitude on him. He’s strongminded, he want to fight, he want to win, he want to be in there with the best and they all chasing that Canelo fight. And they all trying to get that ticket to feed their family and if they got to make a match between them two I think that’s a good fight.”
As the pressure mounts for Jermall to take harder fights, it will be telling to see who he picks next. This is especially so after having the hard out with the virtually unknown Juan Montiel. Of course, the Hit Man can make a unification bout with WBO World middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade. The two other champions however, Gennady Golovkin (IBF) and Ryota Murata (WBA), are facing one another and also show no interest in dancing with Charlo.
Then obviously there is the potential David Benavidez fight. Even better, this fight is a little more likely since Red Flag indicated that he’d be willing to fight at 160. So let’s see what Team Charlo can whip up next for Hit Man’s next in-ring assignment.
By: Bakari Simpson