Jermell Charlo: I'll Destroy Sadam Ali, Face Lara-Hurd Winner

By Keith Idec

Jermell Charlo recognizes that fellow 154-pound champions Erislandy Lara and Jarrett Hurd are on a collision course.

The undefeated WBC super welterweight champ wants nothing more than to begin unifying titles, though. So while waiting to face whoever wins between Lara (25-2-2, 14 KOs), the WBA champion, and Hurd (21-0, 15 KOs), who holds the IBF title, Charlo has suggested his own title unification fight against newly crowned WBO champ Sadam Ali.

Charlo expressed his plan in a Tweet posted from his account Friday. It reads: I Got A Plan.. Since Hurd & Lara Beefed Up, Let Them Fight.. The Winner Fights Me After I Destroy The Gifted 147LB Who Got A Blessing From Cotto (Ali) ONLY ONE CHAMPION.. WHO YOU GOT WINNING?


Brooklyn’s Ali (26-1, 14 KOs), a welterweight for most of his pro career, pulled off one of boxing’s biggest upsets of 2017 when he out-boxed Puerto Rico’s Cotto (41-6, 33 KOs) to win the WBO super welterweight title December 2 at Madison Square Garden.

Houston’s Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs) had a very successful 2017, in which he recorded two top candidates for “Knockout of the Year.”

Charlo knocked out Dallas’ Charles Hatley (26-2-1, 18 KOs) in the sixth round of their April 22 bout at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Then Charlo produced a spectacular, one-punch, first-round knockout of another mandatory challenger, previously unbeaten Erickson Lubin (18-1, 13 KOs), on October 14 at Barclays Center.

Hurd and Lara also won impressively as part of that October 14 card.

Hurd, of Accokeek, Maryland, became the first fighter to stop former WBA champion Austin Trout (30-4, 17 KOs), who declined to continue following the 10th round. Lara, a Houston resident raised in Cuba, dropped Terrell Gausha (20-1, 9 KOs) in the fourth round and easily won a 12-round unanimous decision in the main event that night.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by AdonisCreed on 01-06-2018

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;18384964]Liam Smith would school Ali. I would love to bet money on that fight if that comes off. That's actually not a bad match-making fight.[/QUOTE] I'd take Ali. I think the win over Cotto will give him more confidence heading…

Comment by AdonisCreed on 01-06-2018

[QUOTE=slimPickings;18385027]THIS! I hope they read this, cos this is exactly what i would do if i was managing him! Anything else and he becomes a former belt holder with nothing to show for it in his bank account! Not to…

Comment by ceylon mooney on 01-06-2018

[QUOTE=BreWall;18384863]Very true. A career 154 guy wants a career 147 guy who got KO'd by mediocre Vargas. 154 is a useless division with top fighters not wanting to do anything with each other. o.[/QUOTE] i think that just changed. looks…

Comment by mathed on 01-06-2018

I dunno. Although I favor Charlo, Ali is the kind of guy that gets overlooked for some reason but he's not an easy fight by any means. If it happens and Charlo doesn't take him seriously, he could get shocked.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 01-06-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;18385595]Jacobs is most likely going to fight Spike O'Sullivan since Hearn is an idiot and J Rock and Gallimore are probably going to fight each other.[/QUOTE]I would love to see J-Rock vs. Gallimore! Jacobs vs. Spike, not so much.

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