WBC light middleweight champion Jermall Charlo defends his belt for the third time against fellow unbeaten fighter Julian Williams at the USC Galen centre in Los Angeles, California on December 10th.
Jermall Charlo has an unbemished 24W 18KO record. He’s razor sharp with good hand speed and generates good leverage in his punches. He really has been taught well how to whip his shots in with power and this reflects in his KO ratio of 75%.
Standing at 6ft he is quite tall fighter for a light middleweight. He possesses a stiff, rangy jab and likes to set up his work behind his 73 inch reach. Because of his superior height and range in the division he has the physical attributes to land his rapier like right hand over the top of there lead hand with devastating effect.
Inevitably the opponent has to work there way onto the inside to get into range when fighting him. And therein lies the danger of the powerful right hand that has felled so many. But there are many prospects coming through who have good power. What makes Charlo stand out for me is his patience in the ring. It’s usually a quality that comes only with experience but the 26 year old demonstrates an approach beyond his years.
His last opponent Austin Trout was his first world class opposition that he has faced and by beating him over the distance he proved that he belongs at the top along with his twin brother Jermell who is the WBC chmpion in the same division.
However, this is no ordinary build up to a fight for Charlo. Charlo’s Long time cutman Todd Harlib died unxpectedly on November 8th. We don’t now how this sad news will effect him going into this fight.
He faces the unbeaten Julian Williams. Williams is one of the brightest contenders in the game. He’s not been in with a legitimately world level opponent yet but he has been matched tough during the early phase of his career and has passed every test with flying colours barring one draw back in 2011.
He like Charlo also has an excellent power jab, not as rangy, but very powerful. He also is very composed for a fighter that is only 26 years old and picks his shots well. They both have similar qualities in that respect they are both boxer punchers but Williams although not small himself may for the first time in his career have trouble establishing his jab against Charlo due to his size.
There’s a good chance he will be looking to counter more often than not by slipping the Charlo jab and land something big but he will have to be wary of getting caught by the follow up.
This is a match up between two very skilled operators and the opening rounds could be like a chess match. The only real factor sperating them is possibly that Charlo has had the fight against Trout to prove his class against a top calibre opponent so I would edge towards him to retain his belt. Having said that Williams is very dangerous and nobody could call this with any great certainty.