This Saturday night there may be no UFC, but fear not - boxing has plenty for you with three cards throughout the day. Capping off the night is the latest from PBC as they present a pair of fights featuring the Charlo twins. PBC Charlo vs. Korobov airs this Saturday, December 22 live on Fox with a fight time of 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m PT. Bloody Elbow will have live fight night coverage, and here’s a look at the fights.
Jermall Charlo (27-0; 21 KO) vs. Matt Korobov (28-1; 14 KO) - Middleweight, 12 rounds
This was originally scheduled as Charlo vs. Willie Monroe, but within the past week, Monroe tested positive for a banned substance and Korobov was promoted from a prelim fight on the card to the main event. And honestly, that’s just fine by me. Korobov is a skilled amateur and a 10 year pro whose lone career loss came against Andy Lee in 2014. He’s still outmatched here, but he’s a tough fighter who I suspect has more to offer than Monroe. Still, this fight is a showcase for Charlo (of course). Jermall has some good wins to his name, including Austin Trout and Julian Williams, and he has done well with his recent move up to Middleweight. Is he a bit protected in match-making? Sure. But he’s also a very good fighter who should win this. Jermall is currently ranked the #6 contender at Middleweight. It’s expected that with a Charlo win here, the WBC will order a Charlo vs. GGG fight - we’ll see if that actually comes to fruition.
Jermell Charlo (31-0; 15 KO) vs. Tony Harrison (27-2; 21 KO) - Light Middleweight, 12 rounds
This one is for Jermell’s WBC title (for the record, Jermall also holds a WBC title, but it’s an “interim” title, so no one cares). He’s ranked #2 in the division behind only Jarrett Hurd, and seems to be on the overall stronger path than his brother. He’s faced and defeated an higher level of opposition, and comes in off his own win over Trout. Harrison’s biggest fight to date was a 2017 battle with Hurd - Harrison did well for part of that fight, but was eventually overwhelmed and stopped. He comes in off a decision win over Ishe Smith. While it’s a bit unfair to criticize Jermell for his list of opposition, this is definitely not one of his best. Not a can by any means - but a fighter below his level. Look for the Charlo KO win here.
Opening the PBC broadcast is a Heavyweight fight with Dominic Breazeale (19-1; 17 KO) vs. Carlos Negron (20-1; 16 KO). Breazeale is a former Olympian who lost to Anthony Joshua in 2016. He has been sidelined for a year, but comes in off a win over the tough veteran Eric Molina. Negron has not faced a very impressive list of opposition - just three fights ago he faced an opponent who was 0-33. He probably doesn’t have much of a shot here, but it’s Heavyweight, so hopefully it will provide some fun clubberin’ time while it lasts.
Join us Saturday night for PBC Boxing Charlo vs. Korobov live on Fox.