UNCASVILLE, Connecticut – Jermell Charlo wants to add the WBO junior middleweight title to his IBF, WBA and WBC 154-pound championships.
Charlo just isn’t sure Patrick Teixeira will want to fight him, especially after what he did to Jeison Rosario on Saturday night. Houston’s Charlo (34-1, 18 KOs) dropped the Dominican Republic’s Rosario (20-2-1, 14 KOs) three times on his way to an eighth-round, technical-knockout win in Showtime Pay-Per-View’s main event at Mohegan Sun Arena.
His impressive victory enabled Charlo to defend his WBC belt and take the IBF and WBA championships from Rosario.
Brazil’s Teixeira (31-1, 22 KOs) won the WBO’s interim 154-pound crown in his last fight. He defeated Dominican contender Carlos Adames (18-1, 14 KOs) by unanimous decision in that 12-rounder November 30 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
The WBO changed Teixeira’s interim status when Mexico’s Jaime Munguia, the former WBO junior middleweight champion, moved up to the middleweight division.
“De La Hoya guy got the other belt,” Charlo said in reference to Teixeira. “If he wanna put his – with victories like that and total domination, I don’t think they [want me]. I got bad intentions, man. I come to ruin they health. Like Mike [Tyson] said, I wanna ruin they health. I don’t care about no belts. I don’t care about none of that. They don’t wanna fight me. I’m different. I punch for real.”
Teixeira is represented by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. De La Hoya’s contentious history with powerful adviser Al Haymon, who represents Charlo, could complicate attempts to put together a fight for their four 154-pound titles.
Charlo acknowledged that he doesn’t know anything about Teixeira, a southpaw who has won five straight fights since Curtis Stevens stopped him in the second round of their May 2016 bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“I don’t know about Teixeira,” Charlo said. “I never even seen him fight before, but I’m willing to get in there with him.”
If another title unification fight with Teixeira cannot be put together, Charlo has options among Haymon’s stable of fighters.
Erickson Lubin (23-1, 16 KOs) became the mandatory challenger again for Charlo’s WBC super welterweight title when he out-pointed Terrell Gausha (21-2-1, 10 KOs) by unanimous decision September 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Charlo knocked out Lubin, of Orlando, Florida, with one punch in the first round of their October 2017 bout at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Julian Williams also has said he was assured a shot at the Charlo-Rosario winner. Rosario upset Williams (27-2-1, 16 KOs, 1 NC) by fifth-round technical knockout January 18 at Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Williams’ hometown.
Rosario won the IBF, IBO and WBA titles from Williams, though he gave up the IBO belt before he battled Charlo. Williams declined to exercise his contractual clause that would’ve afforded him an immediate rematch with Rosario.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.