by: Joshuwa Jernigan
Houston, we have a problem. Make that two problems. The conundrum that has to be solved by the slew of talented fighters at the 154lb division are two Houston natives Jermall and Jermell Charlo. These two upcoming fighters, twin brothers, have been quietly climbing through the ranks of the division and taking names along the way. The Charlos, both undefeated, are knocking at the door to world title contention. They have been touted by former champion Kermit Cintron, and future Hall of Famer "Sugar" Shane Mosley as the next big thing in the sport of boxing. Though identical in appearance, and of course DNA, their fighting styles are distinctly different.
Jermell "Ironman" Charlo (22-0, 11KOs) is a technically sound, classy boxer who utilizes the ring when selecting angles to throw crisp combinations. Leading behind the famed Charlo jab, perfected by both brothers, Jermell is true ring general that displays deceiving hand speed that catches his opponents off guard and offset through the course of his fights. Jermall "Hitman" Charlo (17-0, 13Kos) is a patient and precise boxer-puncher who uses his
jab to dictate the pace of the action while taking advantage of every opening that's presented. Frustrating his opponents along the way Jermall uses precise timing to catch his ring adversaries with his trademark overhand right which in most cases stops them in their tracks and/or stops the fight via technical knockout. One element shared between the Charlo Brothers is the elite training and conditioning program provided by the experts at The Plex Sports facility in Texas. This huge, attractive, conglomerate training facility is known to cater to the needs of athletes from collegiate and professional baseball, basketball, football etc. It most recently has attracted the likes of NBA Champion Rashard Lewis of the Miami Heat, and former Houston Rocket Tracy McGrady.
These Houston fighters approach potentially the biggest fights of their careers thus far. On January 25th, on the undercard of Peterson vs. Jean at the DC Armory Convention Center in Washington DC, Jermell Charlo faces Gabriel "King" Rosado. Rosado (21-7, 13KOs), from Philadelphia, PA, is a rugged and respected junior middleweight contender/middleweight title challenger that looks to "expose" what he calls an untested foe in Jermell Charlo. Rosado is the most experienced fighter to date for the younger Charlo and shall provide a stern test for the undefeated Houstonian. Rosado is known to upset the applecart most notably by being on the bad end of controversial loses against reigning WBO Middleweight Champion Peter Quillin and rising middleweight contender JLeon Love. Where most pundits see this fight as a huge step up in class for the "Ironman," he sees it as the perfect opportunity to put the boxing world on notice that he and his brother are two lions looking to claim their territory in the junior middleweight jungle.
Though still in the negotiating stage, Jermall Charlo is licking his chops to get a piece of recently crowned IBF champion Carlos Molina. Molina (22-5, 6KOs), too, is the most experienced fighter Jermall will have met to date. And like Rosado, Molina's career has been marred in controversy against the talent within the division but beginning with, the then welterweight, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. Molina is tough fighter from Chicago, Ill that smothers his opponents' punching range and offsets their gameplan with a high workrate which keeps them from getting into the fight as they slowly get behind on the scorecards. A shot at a world title is enough to rattle any challenger making their first attempt to fight for it. However, whenever asked about the possibility of fighting the upper echelon fighters in the division Jermall quotes from Lil Wayne, "I ain't worried about nothing."
The future looks bright for these two budding combatants. They both have made an impressive splash into the sport of boxing by being skillful undefeated fighters, and also twin brothers. And whoever stands on the opposite side of the Charlo twins definitely has two problems to deal with. But true accolades are achieved by what a fighter accomplishes in the square circle. Their stars are currently shining bright, but the merit of true stardom comes 36 minutes after the first bell of a championship fight. Will these boxing brothers rise to the challenge? Not just the city of Houston, but the boxing world will be watching.
For more info on the Charlo Brothers:
Follow Jermell Charlo on twitter: @twincharlo
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Follow Jermall Charlo on twitter: @futureofboxing
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Joshuwa Jernigan known by his adopted alias "Ashyknuckles" and has covered fights on behalf of and co-hosted http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ropeadoperadio, http://www.mandatorydefenseboxing.com/, www.standnfight.com, and www.boxingsocialist.com. Follow Ash @apuncherschance on twitter and subscribe to his personal youtube account http://www.youtube.com/user/ashyknuckles1 for fight interviews/training footage/press conferences, as well as breakdowns, predictions, and post fight analysis conversing as a member of the Youtube Boxing Community.