Jermell Charlo waits in the middle of a junior middleweight shake up!
Unified junior middleweight champion Jeison “Banana” Rosario’s (20-1-1, 14ko) huge upset victory over Julian “Jrock” Williams (27-1-1, 16ko) not only set social media in a frenzy but the ripple effect sets back another huge anticipated unification bout.
Williams was a huge favorite and was being primed to face WBC champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (33-1, 17ko), sometime later in the year.
However, this defeat has put those plans on hold and the top brass at Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) undoubtedly will push for a rematch before pursuing forward with any immediate unification plans.
The Texas champion realizing that things yet again has come to a halt took to social.
WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE
In December 2018, the plan was set in motion going into 2019 to have a huge unification fight between then unified champion Jarret “Swift” Hurd and Charlo.
Both fighters were scheduled to make defenses of their respective titles and if victorious, plans were in order for a 2019 collision!
However, according to Murphy’s Law“what can go wrong will go wrong”, Charlo would lose to Tony Harrison and a unification would be stifled.
Hurd, while waiting on things to get settled with the Harrison vs Charlo rematch, would later taste defeat to Williams. The former unified champion was set for a rematch but ended up pulling out because he had dumped his long time trainer Ernesto Rodriguez and felt he would not be ready.
This shifted gears towards the Philadelphia unified champion to get an opportunity to unify against the winner of the WBC rematch.
Now another monkey wrench has been thrown in the plans with Rosario’s upset victory.
Although, there is one silver lining in all this. The upset has placed heavy intrigue in the junior middleweight division.
The entire boxing community will be paying close attention in the upcoming months to see what will become of the division.
The timeline described above is quintessential to anything can happen in boxing! So, as Charlo claims, he will have to wait again!
By: Garrisson Bland