Can't Lose Bet

On Monday, Matt Korobov has officially named Willie Monroe Jr.’s replacement to challenge Charlo for the WBC interim middleweight championship after Monroe was pulled from the main event following a positive test result for a banned substance by VADA under the WBC Clean Boxing Program. Now, with Charlo set to take on Korobov, let’s find out if he can avid the huge upset.

Event Information

What: Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) Vs. Matt Korobov (28-1, 14 KOs) | Charlo’s WBC interim middleweight title
When: Saturday, December 22, 2018, 8:00 PM ET
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs)

Jermall ‘The HitMan’ Charlo is 28-years-old and hails from Richmond, Texas. The WBC interim middleweight champion stands 6’0” with a 73½-inch reach and come into this title bout off a second-round KO win over Hugo Centeno Jr. in April. Charlo was originally slated to face Willie Monroe Jr. in this bout but that changed quickly inside the last 24 hours. Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) says he’s well-prepared for his new opponent, even on short notice. Like Monroe, Korobov is a southpaw.

“I was well prepared for Willie Monroe, who is a southpaw so there won’t be that much difference facing Korobov,” Charlo said in a press release statement Monday. “There is a size difference. He’s taller than Monroe, but I’ll just have to adjust my game plan. The best fighters in the world are the ones who are able to make the best adjustments. Beating Korobov is going to make the victory that much sweeter due to this adversity. That means the celebration is going to be sweeter as well.

“He was fighting on the undercard, so he’s prepared. But now fighting for the title in the top spot is going to make him fight harder. I love it. He’s a much better opponent on paper than Willie Monroe Jr.”

WBC Interim Middleweight Title: Jermall Charlo

Matt Korobov (28-1, 14 KOs)

Matt Korobov is 35-years-old and hails from Russia. He’s 5’11” with a 7-inch reach and has won four consecutive fights since suffering the only loss of his career four years ago. Korobov comes into this title fight off a unanimous decision win over Jonathan Batista in March. Korobov is excited about the sudden opportunity to fight for the championship.

“I was training to fight on this card so I am physically and mentally ready to fight,” Korobov said in a press release statement. “It doesn’t matter that I am taking this fight on a week’s notice because I have been preparing for this moment my entire life. I will make a few adjustments for Charlo and make the most of this opportunity. Don’t miss it.”

WBC Interim Middleweight Title: Matt Korobov

Expert Pick and Prediction

While Matt Korobov is a naturally heavier fighter who normally fights at light heavyweight. However, that size difference won’t matter much when he takes on a younger, faster, stronger and definitely more athletic fighter in Jermall Charlo. Don’t get me wrong, Matt Korobov is a good fighter, but it’s going to take more than being a good fighter to beat Jermall Charlo, who, really, is in the class of the very best fighters on the planet, even if he hasn’t quite gotten the global or national recognition that he should have. No matter, Jermall Charlo wins this one to retain his title and he wins it by KO over the older, less athletic Matt Korobov.

Predicted Result: Jermall Charlo Via 8th round KO

WBC Interim Middleweight Title: Jermall Charlo Winner