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Jermall Charlo-Brandon Adams on 6/15 or 6/8, on Showtime

By Keith Idec

“The Contender” has secured his title shot. has confirmed through multiple sources that Brandon Adams has agreed to contractual terms to challenge WBC interim middleweight champion Jermall Charlo in his next fight. Showtime will televise the Charlo-Adams match either June 15 or June 8, perhaps from Charlo’s hometown of Houston.

The date and site were not solidified as of Wednesday morning.

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Nevertheless, the deal means Adams will get the title shot and accompanying career-high payday he was certain he had earned by winning the fifth season of “The Contender,” which aired on EPIX late last year. Los Angeles’ Adams (21-2, 13 KOs) won season five when he soundly defeated Shane Mosley Jr. (13-3, 8 KOs) by unanimous decision in the 10-round season finale November 9 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

News of the Charlo-Adams deal was first reported by

The 29-year-old Adams also was offered a fight against former middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs). That non-title bout would’ve been streamed by DAZN, with which Kazakhstan’s Golovkin recently signed.

Adams opted for Al Haymon’s offer to challenge Charlo on Showtime because it was worth more financially to Adams than the package presented by Golovkin’s handlers.

The 28-year-old Charlo will be heavily favored to defeat Adams, who was stopped by John Thompson (19-4, 7 KOs) in the second round of a junior middleweight match ESPN broadcast in May 2015. Adams since has won four straight fights, each of which was part of the most recent season of “The Contender.”

Charlo (28-0, 21 KOs) will fight for the first time since Russian southpaw Matt Korobov tested him in their December 22 bout at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 35-year-old Korobov (28-2, 14 KOs) took their FOX fight on just six days’ notice, yet he gave Charlo a much tougher bout than at least one of the scorecards suggested (119-108, 116-112, 116-112).

Korobov inquired about an immediate rematch, but he had to settle for a fight against Immanuwel Aleem (18-1-1, 11 KOs). FOX will televise the Korobov-Aleem match as part of the Jarrett Hurd-Julian Williams undercard May 11 from EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Sweet Scions on 04-24-2019

Anyone else like to imagine user j.razor is Jermall himself obliterated on coke? If there's a single boxer other than Broner I can envision defending himself in the third person with weirdly aggressive, quasi-autistic stream of consciousness ramblings for hours…

Comment by kraftzman on 04-13-2019

Not watching this another predictable fight. Arum doesn't have to tell me to boycott PBC, Predictable Boxing Champions. Sick of Haymon's showcase fights.

Comment by Steven Mccowan on 04-13-2019

[QUOTE=j.razor;19650723]Tell me why Pvssy G is afraid of him before he even went to dazn then?[/QUOTE] Hahahahaahahahahahah. Nobody's scared of either Charlo lol.

Comment by Catrin on 04-12-2019

[QUOTE=j.razor;19636268]He beat korobov, duh :dunce: Now why are YOU not asking for a Jermall Charlo vs golovkin fight when they were BOTH looking for an opponent at the SAME TIME?!?![/QUOTE] JC would get no credit for beating a 38-39 yr…

Comment by j.razor on 04-11-2019

[QUOTE=Steven Mccowan;19648891]Hahaha. Guaranteed that boy ain't beating even this old GGG. Would bet you loser leaves Boxingscene on that. I know what I'm talking about man. Historically I'm right and you wrong. Charlo probably won't even fight him. DAZN has…

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