Will Charlos Replace Dirrells?

By Ted Sares on April 22, 2013
Will Charlos Replace Dirrells?
Houston's Jermell and Jermall Charlo are beginning to make some noise in boxing circles.

In an almost soap opera scenario, two brothers from Flint, Michigan try to regain their glory, while twin brothers from Houston continue to draw attention.

The Charlos

Houston junior middleweight prospect Jermall Charlo (13-0, 9 KOs), the identical twin brother of fellow prospect Jermell Charlo, is beginning to make noise in boxing circles. On Saturday, he bludgeoned Orlando Lora (29-4-2, 19 KOs), of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, in a bout featured on SHOWTIME EXTREME. Charlo sliced and diced the well-traveled Lora, forcing his corner to stop the action after the fourth round for the TKO. This was the 22-year-old’s third fight thus far in 2013.

Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo has streaked to a 20-0 mark fighting better opposition than his brother. His last opponent was Harry Joe Yorgey (25-1-1 coming in) and Charlo KO’d him in the eighth stanza at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. In so doing, he earned the vacant WBC Continentals light middleweight title.

Last year, Iron Man gained publicity when he scored a sensational one-punch KO of Chicago’s Chris Chatman. The Chicagoan’s only previous loss was a six-round decision to 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade in 2009, but Chapman was no match for Charlo, who controlled his awkward opponent for most of the fight. In the third round, he landed a straight right hand flush to Chatman’s chin and knocked him out flat on his back.

Both brothers blend ferocity with technique to beat down their opponents.  Their ability to control the ring as soon as the bell rings is extremely impressive as they begin a stalk, stun, and close scenario. And once they register the stun, they close with fan-friendly decisiveness. 

The Dirrells

Meanwhile, the Dirrell brothers, Andre and Anthony, seem star-crossed as both have faded somewhat into the background, though after 13 months of inactivity the extremely gifted Andre (21-1) decisioned unknown Ghanaian Michael Gbenga (16-6) in Texas in early February 2013. However, Andre’s journey has been a difficult one since having won a DQ against Arthur Abraham in March 2010 in which he reportedly suffered neurological issues. Whether he will regain his status as one of boxing’s best all-around fighters remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, the more powerful of the two, Anthony (24-0), has not fought since beating Renan St. Juste in a title eliminator in December 2011. In 2012, he was involved in a motorcycle accident in the latest of a number of career setbacks. In 2006, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer, which kept him away from boxing for almost two years. Anthony returned in 2008 and showing tremendous grit, won 12 straight fights, stopping all but two opponents.

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  1. Tex Hassler 08:29pm, 04/30/2013

    Boxing can alway use some new fighters and now they are needed more than ever before in the U. S. The Dirrell’s may have hit their peak. Thanks for informing us of the Charlo brothers.

  2. Ted 06:12pm, 04/26/2013

    On Friday, May 3 as Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions are pleased to announce the addition of undefeated contender Anthony Dirrell and rising star Antonio Orozco in separate featured fights

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