Undefeated WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) makes his long-awaited return to the ring when he battles Jose Benavidez Jr.(28-2-1, 19 KOs) in the co-main event headlined by David Benavidez and Demetrius Andrade on Saturday, November 25 from Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas(SHOWTIME PPV).
Charlo-Benavidez is a 10-round non-title fight that will take place at 163 pounds.
The Houston native, who has battled issues with mental health, has not fought since June 2021. However, the 33-year says the layoff won’t matter against Benavidez Jr.
“I won’t be rusty at all,” Charlo said during a virtual press conference on Tuesday. “There’s no excuses in this fight. I hope Benavidez isn’t thinking that I’m gonna be rusty. Because I’ve been working. You’ll see…
“My mental abilities have caught up with my physical abilities, so you’re gonna see the best of me. I’m naturally stronger, and I’ve really been working on my twitch and my speed. I’ve sparred strong guys, so I should be at the top of my game. I’m ready to blow this dude out.”
Benavidez Jr. two losses have come against undisputed welterweight champion Terence Crawford and two-division world champion Danny Garcia. Charlo feels when Benavidez Jr. steps up in competition, he never wins.
“He loses at the top level,” Charlo said. “He’s not his brother. He keeps trying to be his brother, but he’s not that. I respect his brother. I’m not worried about Jose. I’m gonna straight up fight him like a man.
“I’m gonna stand in the pocket and fight you. So you better not run. Come to me. Don’t try to do that awkward southpaw stuff. You’re not like that, and you’re not ready for me.”
According to Charlo, after this fight with Benavidez Jr., he’s looking to fight his little brother David Benavidez Jr.
“This is my first step toward potentially fighting at 168 pounds and fighting his brother,” Charlo said. “This guy here has got little man syndrome. He’s gonna see when he starts eating right hands and jabs.”
This is a fight Charlo should win; he will be rusty, but again, he should have no issues defeating Benavidez Jr.