• Brian L. Barefield

WBC Middleweight Champ Returns To Houston To Put His Title On The Line

I felt the energy and excitement inside of the Kinetix Fitness Center as soon as I stepped through the door. With the music blaring and the loud chatter, you knew something special was going on you just really couldn’t tell what until the crowd disbursed. Sitting right in the center of the circle was non-other than the unbeaten Interim WBC Middleweight Champion Jermall Charlo.

The only thing missing was someone screaming out, “The champ is here.”

Charlo, (28-0, 21 KOs) who will be fighting for the first time in 2019 will put his title on the line in front of his hometown fans at NRG Arena against Brandon Adams, (21-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday, June 29th. The fight will be the main event and broadcasted on Showtime. Charlo last fought in Houston in 2012 in just his ninth professional fight.

"It's an amazing feeling to be fighting in Houston. A lot of people think the pressure is on me, but the pressure is just there period. I'm ready to fight in Houston,” said Charlo as he spoke to reporters.

Charlo, became the interim champ back in April of 2018 by knocking out Hugo Centeno Jr. He went on to successfully defend his title by beating Matt Korobov by a unanimous decision in December. Some have regarded the twin brother of Jermell as a one of the best punchers in boxing and he has no problem letting the world know it.

"The division is mine as long as I continue to do what I'm doing. I'm in a good place. I'm a force to be reckoned with in the 160-pound division," Charlo said.

The opponent for Saturday night’s main event is no stranger to the boxing world, but it has been a while since anyone seen him lace up his gloves as well. Adams last fight was in November 2018 where he gained a unanimous decision over Shane Mosley Jr in the final episode of

The Contender Season 5 on EPIX. That win helped him gain a top ten WBA world rating and an opportunity to fight Charlo.

“I feel this opportunity is the biggest one in my career to this point,” said Adams. “This will set me up for much more, and I am ready to face the challenge. I couldn’t be more prepared or focused. I am very dedicated to this fight and everything it’s going to take to reach my dream. I am looking to put on a tremendous performance on June 29,” said Adams.

Charlo is hoping that this fight will be a precursor of more to come. Although he is highly regarded amongst his peers, it has been conflicts in television networks that have prevented him from gaining a bigger match. By being under the PBC banner, his fights air on either Fox Network or Showtime. While larger names in the middleweight division such as Daniel Jacobs, Gennadiy Golovkin and Canelo Alverez are all on DAZN.

As the champ wraps up his pre-workout media session he wanted to make sure that we relayed a message to all the fans in Houston.

“I'm happy to be in my home city, I'm happy to be fighting in front of Houstonians and giving them another world champion. We haven't had one since the George Foreman days, so now it's a new era of boxing and I want to be the face of it,” Charlo reiterates as he heads over to talk with world renown trainer Ronnie Shields.

All Pictures are courtesy of Mike Jackson/Showtime

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