WBC Middleweight Champion Jermall Charlo is ready for his latest defense coming in December at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and on Thursday he wanted to make one thing perfectly clear. He’s coming for a knockout against Challenger Dennis Hogan.
Charlo and Hogan met with the media in advance of their PBC main event to be televised on Showtime on December 7th:
WBC Middleweight World Champ @futureofboxing faced off vs @dennis_h_hogan today in NYC … See what happens when they meet in the ring Dec. 7th at @barclayscenter in Brooklyn and live on @showtimeboxing. #CharloHogan #PBConSHOWTIME
— PBC (@premierboxing) October 17, 2019
Charlo did give some respect to his Irish-born, but now living in Australia challenger. You may remember Hogan lost a controversial 12 round decision to WBO 154 lbs. Champion Jaime Munguia in May.
Charlo said at Thursday’s media gathering (above) at the site of their fight,
“I want to thank Dennis Hogan for accepting my challenge. This belt isn’t going anywhere. I’m making a home for it at Barclays Center. Hogan has some big hopes. Middleweight is my division.
I want the biggest fights at 160. That’s not on the menu right now, so I’m going to take care of what’s here.
“I am the best fighter at 160-pounds….Hogan is going to get a chance to see what he can do against my speed and my skills.
This is going to be a knockout on December 7. I’m going to walk him straight into it. I’m going to give him exactly what he wants.”
This will be the third offense of Charlo’s of the title that he won April of 2018, when he knocked out Hugo Centeno, Jr in two rounds. Charlo was last in the ring in June in his hometown of Houston, where he decisioned little-known contender Brandon Adams to improve his record to 29 – 0 with 21 KOs.
Hogan (28-2-1) is 34 years old and little-known in the U.S., but showed great toughness and counter-punching against Munguia before losing a majority decision. Hogan wanted a rematch with Munguia for the WBO 154 lbs. belt, but that did not happen for this fall.
Charlo has bigger plans like a possible shot in 2020 at either newly crowned IBF Middleweight Champ, Gennady Golovkin or down the road a long shot at fighting former Undisputed Middleweight Champ, Canelo Alvarez.
However, both are represented by PBC arch-enemy promotion, Matchroom Boxing, and have contracts for fights on the DAZN streaming service.