Thanks to Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions series, up-and-coming fighters like Houston native Jermall Charlo are getting a chance to consistently fight on a national stage in an effort to become household names.
After destroying former IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage only two months ago to capture his first world title, Charlo vowed to be a fighting champion who is constantly defending his title.
This weekend with the PBC machine behind him, Charlo (23-0, 18 KOs) stuck to his word by knocking “Silky” Wilky Campfort (21-2, 12 KOs) down three times before eventually stopping him in the fourth round to retain his super welterweight world title as the main event of the PBC on NBC card live from Dallas. The heavy-handed Charlo constantly used his height and jab to control the fight to keep the feisty Campfort at a distance to prevent him from getting inside and constantly touched him up when he got close.
“I started off with my game plan, which was to stay to the jab and see what he does and see how he can take it,” Charlo said in his in ring interview after the fight. “I got the best jab in the business, and I’m going to keep using it because it’s feeding my family.”
Campfort said Charlo’s size and skills were the difference in this fight.
“I had a problem getting past his jab,” Campfort said. “Once I got in, he was so much bigger than me and my punches couldn’t really affect him. He controlled the fight with his jab.”
Charlo out-landed Campfort 62-11 over the four rounds of action.
When pressed about his weight after the fight, Charlo said he wasn’t concerned.
“I got another big fight at 154,” he said. “It’s my title. It’s my world, baby.”