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Charlo brothers making statements, world paying attention

By Manuel Perez: After fighting in near obscurity for most of their careers, the Charlo brothers are finally making the boxing world pay attention with their impressive highlight reel knockout.

By Manuel Perez: After fighting in near obscurity for most of their careers, the Charlo brothers are finally making the boxing world pay attention with their impressive highlight reel knockout.

WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs), long considered the weaker of the two Charlo brothers, has suddenly emerged as knockout artist with his brutal 1st round KO victory last Saturday night over undefeated Sebastian “The Hammer” Lubin (18-1, 13 KOs) on Showtime Championship Boxing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Charlo, 27, knocked Lubin out with a single right hand bomb to the head late in round 1 to get the knockout.

A lot of boxing fans are only now discovering the distance between the two Charlo brothers. Jermell is making them stand up and take notice of him with his 4 consecutive knockouts. 3 of those stoppage wins have been straight up KOs. I’m not talking technical knockouts. I’m talking about full knockouts.

Jermell is putting these guys away to the point where they’re too hurt to get back to their feet right away. Even Gennady Golovkin isn’t doing that. With sparring with welterweight champion Errol Spence, and hard work on his technical form, Jermell has turned himself into a devastating puncher all within the last year. It goes to show you what fighters are capable of doing when they focus on developing their power game.

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For his part, Jermall Charlo recently knocked out Jorge Sebastian Heiland in the 4th round in their World Boxing Council middleweight title eliminator last summer on July 29 to become the mandatory challenger to WBC champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. It’s still too early to tell whether Jermall will ever get a title shot against Golovkin or not, but he’s going to be getting a title shot against whoever holds the WBC belt at some point. Golovkin has a rematch with Saul Canelo Alvarez on May 5 next year, and he might lose his WBC belt in that fight.

After the fight last Saturday night, Lubin’s camp tossed a chair at Charlo’s twin brother Jermall. When Showtime’s Jim Gray interviewed Jermall, he looked over at Lubin’s corner and said, “Is you OK?” Jermall was fine, but he wanted to know if Lubin was OK, as he was knocked OUT badly in the fight.

“I was cool. They said they was gonna come take my title,” Jermell said after the fight. “I had to defend it.”

Jermell’s knockout of Lubin has to be the KO of the year for 2017 in terms of big fights. It was an impressive stoppage win for Jermell, and it put him on the boxing map with a lot of fans. Jermell is becoming a huge star overnight with his brutal knockouts.

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Jermell and Jermall need to stay busy with their careers though. Jermell was out of the ring for 11 months after stopping John Jackson on May 21, 2016 until returning to action earlier this year in stopping Charles Hatley in round 6 on April 22. Fortunately, Jermell came back just 6 months later to defeat Lubin last Saturday night. Jermall hasn’t fought since stopping Heiland on July 29. He still doesn’t have fight scheduled for his next fight at middleweight.

“I’m fine. I’m perfect. I feel good,” Lubin said. “He caught me with a blind shot. He landed it. I felt like when I got up I could have kept fighting. It happens. Its boxing. I’m young and I’m hungry. I wanted to entertain the crowd. (I’m going to) remain hungry, get back in the gym and become that champion I know I am.”

Jermell has a better chance to make something big happen in his boxing career right now than Jermall does, with Showtime’s setup of the 154 lb. champions facing each other now. Jermell’s next fight will be either against IBF belt holder Jarrett Hurd or WBA champion Erislandy Lara. Jermall will likely stay busy for his next fight at middleweight against a contender if he’s lucky. Jermall probably won’t see a world title shot until 2019 at the earliest.

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