In a brief run at 154 pounds, Jermall Charlo was as dominant as anyone the weight class had seen. If it weighed 154 pounds Jermall could knock it out. Over a 15 month span Jermall Charlo went 4-0 with 3KO’s. He captured the IBF 154-pound title by knocking out two-time champ Cornelius “K9” Bundrage back in September of 2015. He then returned home to Texas, just two months later, to make his inaugural title defense. Knocking out game challengerWilky Campfort. He followed up his title-winning 2015 with an even better 2016. Leaving No Doubt in outpointing Austin Trout and then his signature win. A destructive knockout over then-unbeaten Julian “J Rock” Williams. Charlo was on the verge of pound for pound discussions and mega fights with GGG and/or Canelo were on the immediate horizon.
Fights that were inevitable when Charlo destroyed Jorge Sebastian Heiland in July of 2017 in a WBC title eliminator to become the mandatory for the winner of Canelo vs GGG later that year. Charlo never got that fight.However, he got a belt he didn’t win and doesn’t deserve it. When Mauricio Sulaiman bizarrely created something called a Franchise Champion, that he gave to Canelo and then via a phone call made the elder Charlo Twin world champ. Meaning he was no longer the mandatory for Canelo, he was somehow the champ. His superstar making, career-high purse was gone. Did it matter though?
Since then Charlo made a defense against an outclassed Brandon “Cannon” Adams and Dennis Hogan who was just removed from losing a tussle with Jaime Munguia for the WBO 154 pound belt. He was quickly dismissed and badly outclassed. Not exactly murdered row level of opposition and not exactly star-making opposition. However, Charlo is still rich. He has cleared seven-figure paydays, disclosed seven-figure paydays of at least $2 million for both meaning he likely cleared more back end money. That’s a lot of money “Imagine making all that money for not fighting anybody.”
These massive paydays remove all incentive for Charlo to work across the political aisle and make a fight with any of Eddie Hearn fighters. In the now-infamous Instagram face-off, Eddie Hearn asked “who you want?” and then ran down the list of impressive world champs, legacy-making fights, unification fights, with Andrade, and GGG or becoming a three-division champ in a 168-pound clash with Billy Joe Saunders. To which the Texan replied “you know who to ask” meaning Al Haymon. Meaning none of those fights will likely be made anytime soon. Why? Because Charlo is getting huge paydays to fight nobodies. He will make another $2million or so to fight Chris Eubank or whoever in fights he will easily dispose of an overmatched opponent and will be rewarded handsomely for the easy work. It’s unreasonable to suggest that Charlo, or anyone, should turn down easy 7 figure paydays. So he will continue to take the easy money and fight fans will continue to get the short end of the stick. “Imagine making all that money for not fighting anybody”