Jermall Charlo to Defend Middleweight Title Against Dennis Hogan
WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo will defend the belt against Dennis Hogan this weekend in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Updated: Dec. 4, 2019 • 10:31 PM ET
The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. will host this weekend's WBC middleweight title fight.
The WBC middleweight title will be on the line this Saturday, as undefeated champion Jermall Charlo will defend the title against worthy challenger Dennis Hogan at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Charlo (29-0, 21 KOs) last fought in June when he defended the WBC title for the first time against Brandon Adams, winning by unanimous decision at home in Houston. With a TKO of Hugo Centeno Jr. in 2018, Charlo won the WBC interim middleweight title and successfully defended the title with a unanimous decision victory over Matvey Korobov before being promoted to actual champion.
The 29-year-old Charlo is a two-time champion, previously holding the IBF super welterweight belt, which he defended three times. Including Centeno, Korobov and Adams, he has key victories in his career over Cornelius Bundrage, Austin Trout and Julian Williams. A win over Hogan this weekend would hopefully set Charlo up for a high profile fight with one of the other middleweight champions, Demetrius Andrade, Gennadiy Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.
Charlo feels he has something to prove against Hogan.
“You hear fighters say that they’re not going for the knockout, but I am,” Charlo said via Bad Left Hook. “If I hit Hogan with something flush, he’s going to sleep. I’m in shape. I’m strong. I’m going for the knockout if it’s there. If he thinks he can bully me, then I’ll show him he made a big mistake. I’m back where I want to be. It took me a little while to fill out into a true middleweight, but I’m here now.
“I know everything about Hogan. I know he’s been in Florida thinking that he’s getting ready for me. He has no idea. He’s a small slugger who’s got to worry about his weight, but I’m going sit right there and fight with Hogan. I’m not going anywhere. My mind is sharper than his also, but if he wants to make it a brawl, I’m ready.”
Hogan is coming off a majority decision loss to WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia, but many believe he did enough to defeat the champion in Munguia’s home country of Mexico. Hogan and his promoter believe it was his performance against Munguia that forced Hogan to move up to middleweight.
“We’re coming here extremely confident,” Hogan’s promoter Paul Keegan said during a press conference in Manhattan last month. “The reason why Dennis took this opportunity is really simple – not one junior middleweight would fight Dennis Hogan after Mexico. Not one.
“So, our options were very limited. So, when this opportunity came to us, [manager] Peter [Kahn] rang me and I rang Dennis, and he said yes. No, ‘How much? What are we doing? Where’s the fight? Yes.’ So, we believe we’ve got the uncrowned world champion in our camp. You know, he’s stronger now, moving up to middleweight.”
The 34-year-old Hogan will fight his first fight in the United States in three years but believes the Irish fans will bring him plenty of support to Brooklyn.
“You know we’ll have a big Irish support there,” Hogan told 3kingsboxing.com. “We will have Irish/Australian support on the night which will know will have an influence on the judges. We will just go out there and make sure no stone is unturned and I will get the win.”
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Like several of his previous opponents, Hogan is predicting that Charlo will underestimate him.
“Even if I am the favorite, the opponent will be underestimating me,” Hogan said. “Everyone reckons they can knock me out. I don’t know where they are getting that from, but every single fighter from my last five or six opponents all said they were going to knock me out.”
A second title fight will be on the card, as Chris Eubank Jr. will battle Matvey Korobov for the interim WBA middleweight title.
Eubank (28-2, 21 KOs) has previously held the interim WBA middleweight title and twice the IBO super middleweight title. He’s coming off a unanimous decision victory over James DeGale in February, claiming the IBO super middleweight title for the second time in his career.
The 30-year-old Eubank will fight in the United States for the first time, but he has gained plenty of championship experience. The British fighter has key victories over Avni Yildirim, Arthur Abraham and Renold Quinlan, and his two losses have come by decision to champions George Groves and Billie Joe Saunders.
Korobov (28-2-1, 14 KOs) is looking for his first win in three fights, as his previous two bouts were a unanimous decision loss to Charlo and a majority decision draw against Immanuwel Aleem in May. The 36-year-old has come up short in two major world title fights, but he has a chance to prove that he still belongs among the elite.
While the Russian fighter has a victory over title contender Jose Uzcategui, a win over Eubank would be the biggest of his career and give him one last shot at a big title fight with likes of Charlo or another champion.
A third title fight will be on the card for the interim IBF junior featherweight title between Marlon Tapales and Ryosuke Iwasa.
Tapales (33-2, 16 KOs) is a former WBO bantamweight title holder and hasn’t lost since 2013 (majority decision to David Sanchez).
Coming off a ninth-round stoppage of Cesar Juarez in February, Iwasa ( 26-3, 16 KOs) is a former IBF junior featherweight title holder, but lost the belt by unanimous decision to T.J. Doheny in August 2018.
• Start time/how to watch: The main card can be seen on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET this Saturday