Jermell Charlo, Gary Russell Mandatory Double Eyed For March 11

By Carlos Boogs has been advised that a Showtime televised doubleheader is being targeted for March 11 in Washington, DC.

The card would feature two mandatory defenses, which involve WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo and WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr.

Charlo has a mandatory owed to Charles Hatley, while Russell will be ordered to face interim-champion Oscar Escandon. All four fighters will be coming back from various degrees of inactivity.

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Russell (27-1, 16 KOs) has been out of the ring since April 2016, when he knocked out Patrick Hyland in two rounds. Russell has won three in a row since losing a twelve round decision to Vasyl Lomachenko in June 2014 - when they fought for the vacant WBO title at 126-pounds. Russell captured the WBC belt the following year by easily knocking out Jhonny Gonzalez.

His inactivity -with only a single fight in 2015- is what led to Escandon (25-2, 17 KOs) and Robinson Castellanos being ordered in March 2016 to battle for the interim-belt. Escandon came off the floor in the second round to stop Castellanos in the seventh.

Escandon is 3-2 in his last five fights, with two split decision losses to top fighters Nehomar Cermeno and Moises Flores.

Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) captured the vacant WBC title last May in Las Vegas when he knocked out John Jackson in eight rounds. The WBC title became vacant after Floyd Mayweather Jr. retired in September 2015. The victory made history, as his twin brother Jermall Charlo is the IBF champion at 154 - and they became the first set of twins to simultaneously hold world titles in the same weight division.

Hatley (26-1-1, 18 KOs) has been out of the ring since November of 2015, when he traveled to Australia and knocked out Anthony Mundine in eleven rounds to pick up the WBC silver title. Hatley has now won nine in a row since getting stopped in the first round by Lanardo Tyner in what was a big upset in August of 2012.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by A.K on 01-23-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;17372134]This card exceeded my expectations, my attention is centered on Gary Russell's mandatory Oscar Escandon : based on his two contentious hard fought split decision losses vs. Nehomar Cermeno current #7. super bantamweight and undefeated current WBA interim champion Moises…

Comment by Mammoth on 01-23-2017

I think Jermell would lose to somebody even on Lubin's level. Won't have that belt long if he steps it up a little in competition. I almost thought he was going to lose to Jackson. Must suck to be the…

Comment by yngwie on 01-22-2017

Don't sleep on this one, this could be a good card, Charlo's opponent has good technique and talent and considering that Charlo maybe isn't all that, he can actually lose considering that John Jackson was outboxing the hell out of…

Comment by kej718 on 01-22-2017

So they are taking this off the Broner card?

Comment by Corelone on 01-22-2017

[QUOTE=daggum;17372512]if he only fights once a year shouldnt he fight someone good?[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Bronx2245;17372574]If he only fights once a year, shouldn't he be stripped? I'm a big fan of GRJ, but how does the WBC let a guy keep a belt,…

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