Unbeaten WBC Interim Middleweight Champion, and Houston-native, Jermall Charlo, returns to his hometown to defend his title against middleweight contender Brandon Adams. The Premier Boxing Champions card is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, and will air live on SHOWTIME from the NRG Arena.
The 28-year-old Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) won a world title at 154-pounds when he scored a third-round knockout of Cornelius Bundrage to win the IBF Junior Middleweight Title in 2015. He successfully defended his 154-pound title three times, including a knockout out victory over top contender Julian Williams, before moving up in weight to compete at middleweight.
Jermall proved to be just as dominant at 160 pounds as he was at 154 pounds when he made his middleweight debut by stopping Jorge Sebastian Heiland in the fourth round of their July 2017 bout. He became the interim WBC middleweight champion with a second round knockout victory over Hugo Centeno, Jr., and most recently defeated Matt Korobov to retain his interim title in December.
The Los Angeles-native Adams (21-2, 13 KOs) shot up the middleweight rankings by winning the 2018 reboot of The Contender. He is currently ranked fifth by the WBO and seventh by the WBA after beating Ievgen Khytrov, Tyrone Brunson, Eric Walker, and Shane Mosley Jr.
The 28-year-old’s current run came after a three-year absence from the ring following a loss to John Thompson in 2015. He was 17-1 in his first 18 pro fights after turning pro in 2011, with his only loss coming to Willie Monroe Jr.