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Jermall Charlo vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko & Jermell vs. Rosario PPV doubleheader on Sept.26

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By Max Seitelman:  Showtime is packaging two great fights – Jermall Charlo vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko & Jermell Charlo vs. Jeison Rosario – in a doubleheader on SHOWTIME pay-per-view on September 26. These are two great cards for one price.

Packaging the Charlo brother’s fights on the same card is an excellent deal for boxing fans, who might otherwise be reluctant to purchase one of their battles.

There’s no word yet on how much the card will cost on Showtime, but it’s predictable for it to sell for around $70. Even at that price, PBC could have a tough time luring boxing fans to purchase it. They’ll get some people interested in ordering the card, but not like it would be if the U.S economy were running strong.

Up until now, Jermall and Jermell haven’t had their contests televised on pay-per-view. That’s why it’s smart for Premier Boxing Champions to put together a package deal of two for one on September 26.

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The Charlo brothers matched tough

The plan is for WBC middleweight champion Jermall (30-0, 22 KOs) to defend against Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KOs) will be in the afternoon. Then in the evening, WBC 154-pound champion Jermell (33-1, 17 KOs) will face IBF/WBA champ Rosario (20-1-1, 14 KOs).

There’s a real possibility that both Charlo brothers could lose their fights, and that would be a massive blow to PBC. They’ve put a lot of time and effort in managing the careers of the Charlo brothers. It will be a shame if both Charlos lose on the same night.

We had already see Jermell lose to Tony Harrison in 2018, and while he avenged that loss last December, he looked shaky at times. The only difference in the second fight and the first Charlo-Harrison match was the accuracy of Jermell’s punches. His connect rate was much better in the rematch, but he also struggled during many of the rounds.

It seemed like it was an either-or situation for Jermell that night. When Jermell was doing well, he looked superb landing shots on Harrison. But in the other rounds, Harrison was outboxing Charlo, and he looked like the more intelligent fighter.

What ultimately carried Jermell through was his power. He had just enough zip in his punches for him to hurt Harrison, and knock him out in the 12th.

Against Jeison, Charlo won’t have the power advantage, and he’s going to have to rely more on his boxing IQ to win.

Undercard fights

Each of the two cards in the doubleheader involving Jermall-Derevyanchenko and Charlo-Rosario will have two fights on their respective undercards.

Jermall vs. Derevyanchenko’s two undercard fights:

  • WBA ‘regular 122-pound champion Brandon ‘The Heartbreaker’ Figueroa (20-0-1, 15 KOs) defends against #12 WBA Damien Vasquez (15-1-1, 7 KOs) in the main support bout on the card.  Figueroa, 23, will be making his first defense of his WBA super bantamweight title that he picked up last October. His opponent Vasquez, 23, has had it thought lately, with a record of 1-1-1 in his previous three fights. This is a voluntary defense for Figueroa, so you can’t fault him for defending against Vasquez.
  • Diego Magdaleno (32-3, 13 KOs) is taking on Isaac Cruz (19-1-1, 14 KOs) in an IBF 135-lb title eliminator. The winner of the Magdaleno-Cruz fight will be mandatory for IBF lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez.

Jermell Charlo vs. Jeison Rosario two-fight undercard:

  • WBA ‘regular’ 140-pound champion Mario Barrios (25-0, 16 KOs) is making a title defense against #9 WBA Ryan Karl (18-2, 11 KOs). Barrios, 25, is defending his WBA light welterweight belt for the first since winning it last September in beating  Batyr Akhmedov by a 12 round unanimous decision. It’s still hard to know how good Barrios is because he hasn’t faced any of the notable opposition in the 140lb weight class. Texas native Karl, 28, has a three-fight winning streak since losing to Kevin Watts in 2018. Karl avenged that loss in beating Watts by a 5th round knockout last year in January. The other loss on Karl’s record is to Eddie Ramirez in 2017.

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