The relevant parties in two IBF title fights have come to terms, staving off impending purse bids. According to ESPN, junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo will make his third defense against mandatory challenger Julian Williams on October 1st, while Robert Easter Jr. and Richard Commey will battle for the vacant lightweight title on September 9th.
Charlo (24-0, 18 KO) thrashed K9 Bundrage last September to earn the belt, then crushed Wilky Campfort two months later for his first successful defense. His most recent fight saw him edge out Austin Trout for a close decision win.
"J-Rock" Williams (22-0-1, 14 KO) thrashed Luciano Cuello in ninety-three seconds last year in his starring turn on Fox Sports 1 before earning his mandatory status with a seventh-round stoppage of Marcello Matano on Showtime. He’s scored knockouts in seven of his last nine fights.
Easter Jr. (17-0, 14 KO) and Commey (24-0, 22 KO) fight for the belt left behind by Rances Barthelemy in the Cuban’s jump to 140. Ghana’s Commey was originally "Kid Blast’s" mandatory challenger, while Easter ran roughshod over Argenis Mendez in his last fight to earn a shot at the vacant title.
Two quality matchups between undefeated fighters; not bad, IBF. Not bad at all.