Jermall Charlo vs. Hugo Centeno Jr. Fight Preview and Event Details

One half of the Lions Only duo and undefeated middleweight Jermall Charlo is set to face Hugo Centeno for the interim WBC middleweight championship this weekend. Although this fight is scheduled on the undercard of Adrian Broner vs. Jessie Vargas, critics are hailing this event as the one to watch on the night. Eyes down on Saturday 21st April, 2018 in New York.

Charlo-Centeno Jr. is a close match-up on paper. Both athletes are 27 years of age, wield fight records as good as they come and measure up like for like in stature and stance. If there’s a distinguishing factor between the two it’s that Charlo goes into this contest with zero losses. The bookmakers are propping him up as favourite.

There’s more at stake for Charlo than just proving himself at a heavier weight class; the American has made it clear he’s here to make a statement and break the stronghold GGG has over the middleweight division. We’ll he’s in luck because the Boxing Board of Control has announced the winner of Charlo vs. Centeno will be crowned the WBC interim middleweight champ and get a crack at the main man, Gennady Golovkin.

 

Jermall Charlo recent form and fight record

Charlo has been running wild in the junior middleweight division with a hot winning streak of 26-0. The Texas-born fighter wiped the floor with four of his last five opponents inside 12 rounds. Only Austin Trout managed to take him the full distance, albeit a one-sided affair. The Hitman is known as a knockout artist, with 20 of his 26 wins ending this way. Now competing at middleweight the question Charlo will have to respond to is can his arsenal of skills – including his signature corkscrew uppercut – work as effectively as a heavier foe in Centeno.

Result

Record

Opponent

Method

Date

Location

Win 26–0  Jorge Sebastian Heiland TKO Jul 29, 2017  Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
Win 25–0  Julian Williams KO Dec 10, 2016  Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Win 24–0  Austin Trout UD May 21, 2016  The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
Win 23–0  Wilky Campfort TKO Nov 28, 2015  The Bomb Factory, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Win 22–0  Cornelius Bundrage KO Sep 12, 2015  Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.

Watch the video highlights of Jermall Charlo vs. Sebastian Heiland

 

Hugo Centeno recent form and fight record

They don’t call him the Boss for nothing. Centeno has pulled off the same number of wins as Charlo in his industrious career, yet has never reached the same heights of fame. Polish fighter Maciej Sulęcki is the only man to have stopped the Californian in his tracks in an otherwise flawless tenure. It’s been nine months since he last entered the ring in a contest in which he defeated Aleem by knockout. Based on past performances, this fight could also end swiftly for Centeno. But will he be the man to deliver the final punch or receive it?

Res.

Record

Opponent

Method

Date

Location

Win 26-1 (1) Immanuwel Aleem KO 25/08/17 United States Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Florida
Win 25-1 (1) Ronald Montes RTD 10/12/16 United States USC Galen Center, Los Angeles, California
Loss 24-1 (1) Maciej Sulęcki TKO 18/06/16 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago
Win 24-0 (1) Josue Ovando UD 12/12/15 United States AT&T Center, San Antonio
Win 23-0 (1) Lukas Maciec UD 12/09/15 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut

Watch video highlights of Hugo Centeno vs. Immanuwel Aleem

 

Charlo vs. Centeno fight prediction

Of all the fights taking place this weekend, both Stateside and in the UK, this promises to have the ingredients for a performance of the night. Charlo, so composed and methodical in his ringcraft has the tools to transcend the middleweight division without caution. This fight is his for the taking.

Even as a devastating puncher, and as shown in his last outing against Aleem, Centeno is bound to a lofty and open fight stance that Charlo should be quick to pick holes in.

We can’t see this fight making round 12 and are voting for a knockout midway through.

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