Fright Night is Fight Night as Jermell Charlo (26-0, 11 KOs) takes on Joachim Alcine (35-7-2, 21 KOs) in Houston to headline a PBC card televised by NBC Sports Network, according to a press release. Charlo has been out of action since besting Vanes Martirosyan in a close decision back in March, but this will mark his first fight in front of his hometown fans in over three years.
"This is a good fight against a former world champion (Note: Martirosyan's only fight for a legitimate world title was a split-decision loss to Demetrius Andrade for the WBO strap in 2013)," said Charlo (26-0, 11 knockouts) in the release. "He's experienced and he's been in the ring with multiple world champions. I'm not taking anything away from him, but Houston is my town. I've been anticipating another fight here. I'm ready to go and I'm going to put on a great show."
Alince is most noted for defeating David Lemieux back in 2011, but went on to lose five straight fights after that bout, before picking up two wins and most recently a draw against Delvin Rodriguez. That's sure not going to inspire a lot of confidence from fans regarding his chances here.
"I am so excited for this opportunity to compete against a young, strong fighter like Jermell Charlo," said Alcine. "I don't think he's faced a fighter with my level of experience in big fights. I am not going to make it easy for him. I am going to challenge Charlo like he never has been before."
Maybe it's just me, but even his quote here leads me to believe that Alcine doesn't really expect to win this fight; perhaps just being competitive may be enough for him to earn a moral victory.
So perfectly fitting for Halloween, this main event looks to be the trick, not the treat.