Jermell Charlo (26-0, 11 KOs) will attempt to give fans a treat on Halloween night, Saturday, October 31st, as he headlines a 10round junior middleweight against veteran Joachim Alcine (35-7-2, 21 KOs) on NBC Sports Network at the NRG Arena in Houston, Texas.
The last time Jermell was in action he fought a super close fight with Vanes Martirosyan back in March of this year. He won the bout by unanimous decision, but there were a number of ringside journalists and other writers that scored the fight for Martirosyan. It was too close to be definitively scored for either fighter.
It was a respectable enough performance against a solid opponent, but Jermell failed to capitalize off of the outing and went the rest of the year without another fight. Now, he will likely end his 2015 campaign against a relatively weak opponent. The potential for a snoozer makes the matchup even more uneventful.
A win will not offer much by way of accomplishment. The victory over Alcine is not the kind of triumph that would presumably lead to a world title fight or anything like that. However, Jermell is in a position that as long as he keeps winning he could receive pretty much anything within his realm.
Televised coverage begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT with powerful super welterweight prospect Tony Harrison (21-1, 18 KOs) taking on Cecil McCalla (20-2, 7 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight attraction. Doors in the arena open at 5 p.m. CT and will feature a full night of exciting action.
Jermell will try to take what he can from the outing, which could be his last tune-up style fight before a significant matchup.
“This is a good fight against a former world champion,” said Charlo. “He’s experienced, and he’s been in the ring with multiple world champions. I’m not taking anything away from him, but Houston is my town. I’ve been anticipating another fight here. I’m ready to go, and I’m going to put on a great show.”
Alcine will attempt to pull off the major upset and disrupt any plans Jermell and Haymon may have for 2016.
“I am so excited for this opportunity to compete against a young, strong fighter like Jermell Charlo,” said Alcine. “I don’t think he’s faced a fighter with my level of experience in big fights. I am not going to make it easy for him. I am going to challenge Charlo like he never has been before.”
Jermell’s twin brother Jermall Charlo recently won his first world title at junior middleweight. Jermall defeated Cornelius Bundrage on September 12th to claim the IBF world title at 154lbs.
2015 will certainly go down as a better year for Jermall than it was for Jermell, and Jermall has officially surpassed his brother in terms of boxing success and professional achievements. Jermell was always thought to be the better prospect of the two. He was brought up quicker and showcased in a more prominent position.