Jermall Charlo to make middleweight debut under Broner-Garcia

Jermall Charlo (right) with twin brother Jermell. (Photo by Naoki Fukuda)

Jermall Charlo is one win away from a middleweight title shot after an impressive string of title defenses one division south.

Charlo (25-0, 19 knockouts) will make his 160-pound debut against Jorge Heiland on July 29 in the Showtime co-feature to Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia, a source told The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because he or she is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The bout will be a WBC middleweight eliminator.

The 30-year-old Charlo — whose twin brother Jermell holds a junior middleweight title — made three successful defenses of the IBF 154-pound title he vacated earlier this year to move up in weight. He scored a close decision win over Austin Trout in May 2016, and then scored a sensational knockout of Julian Williams in December.

Heiland (29-4-2, 16 KOs) scored the lone notable victory of his career in 2014, a 10th-round stoppage of Matthew Macklin. The 30-year-old Argentine’s competition otherwise is nondescript, and the Charlo matchup will mark Heiland’s U.S. television debut.

The winner will be in line for a title shot against the winner of the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin superfight.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • kiowhatta

    Either way, a Charlo v Canelo or GGG fight would be a big deal.

    • Harry

      It would, but GGG has a contract with HBO so Cahrlo vs GGG would not be so easy to negotiate.

  • hitemhard214

    Lara has been calling out Canelo and GGG for the longest without fighting anyone to deserve a shot. The Charlo brothers have been doing the same thing. Who the F in Heinland? If both Lara and Charlo, who fight under the PBC banner want the winner of Canelo/GGG, why don’t they build their own fan base and demand to make this fight. Its the way of the PBC. They never fight against opposition that can derail their plans.

  • Charlie U.

    It’s his career and he has to do what’s best for him, but I feel like this guy missed a big opportunity by not fighting soon after the devasting J Rock knockout. He could have capitalized on that big win, gotten his name out there more, and perhaps even put himself in position to take on the winner of the GGG-Canelo fight.

    • Stephen M

      We might actually know which brother is which…

    • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

      Lol he is in position to get the winner of the GGG vs Canelo fight, the article just said it.

      • Charlie U.

        Why would either one fight a guy with zero mainstream name recognition and no belt? High risk, low reward. There’s no chance either one fights Charlo next.

  • Dan James

    Charlo beats Canelo, not sure if he survives GGG. Canelo does not have the kind of power to fully discourage Charlo. Though Canelo has edge in skills, but i think Charlo will land the harder punches and do a JRock on him. Remember JRock was outboxing Charlo.

    With GGG,it is a toss-up!

    • JL

      If anyone has a chance to beat Golovkin at this point, it would be Charlo.

      • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

        Agreed by the time they fight Golovkin will be 36 and father time catches everyone.

        • Charlie U.

          Never heard that before. Did you make it up?

          • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

            Way to be an ass lol

          • Charlie U.

            Sorry, dude. Couldn’t resist. Haha

          • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

            Lol I feel you

    • Giuseppe

      In a couple of years, age will dictate the victor of that match up. but as of now, I give Charlo a 23% chance of beating GGG.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      I don’t think GGG is a “more natural middleweight”, he’s just been fighting at a more natural weight. GGG would have made 154 in his 20’s if a fight came up that dramatically changed his earnings from what they were at 160. Charlo will probably weigh more than Golovkin if they fight in 2018.

  • PrinceGian

    GGG will have a much tougher fight with Charlo than he will with Canelo.

  • De’Ron Wright

    Should fill in for Saunders opponent.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Considering Saunders’ last performance and the condition he was last seen in, you’d think Charlo would have lobbied hard for the opportunity.

  • Dee Money

    I have a feeling this dude is gonna be a stud at MW. Between Charlo, Canelo, Jacobs, Lemieux, and Saunders there is some good talent at MW that is 30 years of age and younger.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Saunders will have to reastablish his commitment before being in that bracket.

  • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

    Charlo is not 30, but potentially getting in with GGG may be a little premature for him not to mention he doesn’t deserve it yet. I think he shouldn’t be hasty because he is a fighter who could potentially give GGG big problems.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Taking on Lemieux would certainly have been more of statement. Or at least stepping in to fight Saunders in place of Khurtsidze. I agree he doesn’t deserve an immediate shot based only on Heiland.

  • Rude Boy

    Lemieux gonna flatten him. Hope they meet in the future.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    Mildly disappointing Middleweight debut. It’s Ok but not exactly crashing the division like a special fighter should. No way a win over Heiland should prioritize Charlo over a Golovkin-Jacobs rematch.

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