Last night, Saturday, May 21, the Charlo twins Jermell and Jermall along with stablemate Erislandy Lara, were all victorious on their Showtime showcase. With all three now holding titles in the super welterweight division, there are several questions that have to be on fight fans’ minds: Where do each of them go from here, and out of the three, who’s the dominant presence in the super welterweight division?
Earlier this week I previewed these bouts in the new boxing podcast series “Touching Gloves with That Boxing Writer.” In this episode, I predicted that the Charlo twins and Erislandy Lara would win unanimous decisions over their opponents, but I did say if a knockout were to occur, it would be Jermell Charlo over John Jackson. Sure enough, Jermell KO’d Jackson in round 8.
Jackson looked good in the early rounds, boxing intelligently and fighting in spurts, but his chin turned out to be his biggest weakness. Jackson was also knocked out against Andy Lee in 2014. Overall, I wasn’t terribly impressed with Jermell’s performance. Before winning by KO, Jermell was being out-boxed by Jackson, who I believe is a C-level boxer.
Jermall Charlo on the other hand looked great against veteran Austin Trout. Jermall’s physicality presents a big problem to fighters in the super welterweight division. He has a thick, musclebound frame and stands six feet tall. His size made it frustrating for Trout to try and land punches. Jermall has ample power at the super welterweight division. He may outgrow the division, but as long as he is there, he will continue to possess physical advantages over his opponents.
Erislandy Lara didn’t show me anything new in his win over Vanes Martirosyan. Lara was on his bicycle for most of the night picking his shots cautiously. Lara is a skilled boxer who frustrates his opposition with his style. Unfortunately, his style is not all that pleasing to boxing fans. He threw very few punches, but the ones he did throw were accurate which is why he won the fight.
Vanes Martirosyan beat himself in this fight. He is an emotional fighter, which Paulie Malignaggi likes, but I don’t. Emotions become a negative when a fighter allows them to cloud their judgement, which Martirosyan did. He showed his frustration in the ring multiple times with Lara and referee Vic Drakulich. Drakulich unfairly deducted a point from Martirosyan for low blows which weren’t real low blows. Martirosyan started focusing more on the bad call than the fight. He was boxing well, but lost his composure. This proved to be his downfall.
It doesn’t seem like the Charlo twins will ever be matched up against Lara since they are friends and training partners. There is a three-headed monster in the super welterweight division with few legitimate challengers. The only person that I think has a shot at beating the Charlo twins or Lara is Demetrius Andrade.
Other than Andrade, a new challenger, like Canelo Alvarez, would have to move into the super welterweight division to upset the harmony that the Charlo twins and Erislandy Lara established in their victories. Out of the three, Jermall Charlo is the true class of the super welterweight division.