Jermall Charlo offered Demetrius Andrade fight by Hearn
By Chris Williams: Promoter Eddie Hearn offered WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo a “MASSIVE” one-fight offer to sign with Matchoom to fight WBO champion Demetrius Andrade in a unification on DAZN.
Is Hearn’s “massive” offer to Charlo just a trifle?
Hearn’s “massive” offer to Charlo has to be taken with a grain of salt. He’s not revealed how much offer is, and it could be well below the rumored $7 million one-fight deal that Hearn gave to Mikey Garcia for him to fight Jessie Vargas on February 29.
You must believe that if the offer Hearn gave to Jermll is well below what he gave Mikey, then there’s no way he’ll agree to it. As a result, Charlo will keep fighting for PBC on SHOWTIME.
If this offer from Hearn to Charlo is well short of what Mikey has been given, then it’s unlikely that he’ll accept it. Unlike Mikey, Charlo is an elite fighter in his weight class, and holds a world title. In contrast, Mikey has NO business fighting at 147, and he’s NOT going to win a world title in that division, EVER.
Thus far, Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) hasn’t said a word on the offer from Hearn, and it’s unclear whether he’ll agree to the short-term deal for him to fight on DAZN. Some believe that Charlo has COLD feet, and is afraid to fight the unbeaten 2012 Olympian Andrade (28-0, 17 KOs). After all, this would easily be the toughest fight of Charlo’s 11-year professional career.
Although Charlo has been a professional for as long as WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, he has no signature wins on his resume. In that respect, Charlo mirrors Crawford’s career. Both fighters have beaten no big names, and it’s obviously greatly helped them build an undefeated record.
Hearn hoping Charlo agrees to one-fight deal
“A lot of the PBC fighters don’t have promotional contracts,” said Hearn. “They do have the ability to take fights. I just made Jermall Charlo a massive offer to fight Demetrius Andrade unification fight. It’s a one-fight deal.
“Everyone feels that Demetrius Andrade and Jermall Charlo need a big fight,” said Hearn to Steve Kim. “We’ll give them the opportunity in a unification fight. We’ve offered considerably more than what he’s offered anywhere else,” said Hearn.
What Hearn may not be factoring in is the loyalty aspect for Charlo. He’s with Al Haymon and PBC. and it’s hard to imagine he would turn his back on them for a one-fight deal. It would be one thing if the one-fight offer from Hearn was out of this world good to face Andrade.
Charlo isn’t a big star yet in the U.S, and Hearn’s offer to him likely is far from being a “massive” deal that would persuade him to briefly fight on another network.