In an entertaining and spirited main event, Jermall Charlo retained his interim WBC middleweight title by unanimous decision, beating game short-notice opponent Matt Korobov in Brooklyn.
Official scores were 116-112, 116-112, 119-108. BLH wound up having it even, 114-114, with Korobov doing well in the first half of the fight on our card, before fading and giving way to Charlo in the second half.
Charlo (28-0, 21 KO) ate a good amount of clean left hands early on from the southpaw Korobov (28-2, 14 KO), who replaced Willie Monroe Jr in the fight just a few days ago. Charlo closed the fight really well, landing some thunderous right hands in the 12th and final round, and to his credit he fought like the bout was still on the line at that point, not wanting to risk anything.
But as the night wore on and the rounds ticked by, you could tell that Korobov, who was stepping up from the undercard where he was scheduled to fight an eight-rounder at 162 pounds, didn’t quite have the gas tank. As Charlo made adjustments, Charlo started landing more often, and the fight turned in his favor. I’d say the 119-108 card in his favor was bizarre, but when it comes to boxing judging, that’s hardly the weirdest we saw tonight, as this followed Jermall’s brother Jermell losing a stunner to Tony Harrison, which was truly shocking. And it’s the holiday season and I just only have so much outrage to go around right now. Ho, ho, ho.
Charlo is in theory in line for a shot at WBC middleweight titleholder Canelo Alvarez, the sport’s top money man, but that would require crossing promotional and broadcast lines, so we’ll have to see if that’s really possible for him.