Jermell Charlo is the power punching, trash-talking American who’s one win from boxing’s ultimate glory this weekend
Jermell Charlo was down on the all three judges’ scorecards heading into round eight of his first world title fight in 2016.
In fact, Burt Clements, Glenn Feldman and Dave Moretti had all scored just one of the first seven rounds in Charlo’s favour, with his opponent John Jackson unanimously ahead 69-64.
He was under immense pressure going into the bout as he attempted to capture a super-welterweight belt eight months after his twin brother, Jermall, had done the same.
History was achieved as Jermell rocked Jackson with a right hand and finished him with a left hook.
For the first time ever, a pair of twins held world titles at the same time in the same weight class.
In 2017, Jermall vacated his IBF belt and moved up to middleweight, leaving the path clear for Jermell to pursue ultimate glory on his own.
Many believed he would come unstuck against mandatory challenger Erickson Lubin in his second defence.
Lubin, a highly rated youngster, exchanged words with Charlo in the build-up, but found himself knocked cold inside the first round.
It’s fair to say that the abrasive American doesn’t endear himself to all observers with his trash talk, but certainly backs up his comments inside the ring.
A majority decision against Austin Trout in 2018 is the only one of Charlo’s six world title fight wins which he didn’t end inside the distance.
He’s developed into a knockout artist on the biggest stage of all.
At the end of 2018, though, Jermell found himself outpointed by Tony Harrison in a disputed decision loss.
It stands as the only defeat of his career and he still refutes the judges’ decision to this day.
When they met in a rematch a year later, the build-up was ferocious with a clear hatred evident between the two boxers.
Harrison may have got the better of his rival at the press conferences, but Charlo regained his belt with a dramatic 11th-round KO and silenced him.
With the WBC title back in his possession, Charlo made it his goal to finally collect the other titles.
He jumped straight into a unification with WBA and IBF champion Jeison Rosario, headlining his first PPV show alongside his brother.
In a dominant performance, Charlo scored another KO and now holds three of the four major world titles at super-welterweight.
On Saturday night, he faces Brian Castano for a shot at ultimate, undisputed glory
Argentina’s WBO champion holds the final piece of the puzzle that Charlo seeks, but will be no easy task.
The undefeated Castano dominated Patrick Teixeira to win the title earlier this year and has previously shown his class against Erislandy Lara.
Jermell stands on the verge of history as a potential four-belt undisputed champion – victory would surely seal his place among boxing’s pound-for-pound top ten.