Live results: Charlo defeats Benavidez by way of unanimous decision (98-92, 99-91, 100-90)
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The co-main event slot on the David Benavidez-Demetrius Andrade PPV card will see popular Houston boxer and former WBC middleweight champion and IBF super welterweight champion Jemall Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) making his return to the ring after a two-and-a-half-year layoff to take on Jose Benavidez Jr. (28-2-1, 19 KOs) in a non-title 10-round middleweight bout.
There is a belief that this card could be setting up a Charlo-David Benavidez fight in the summer of 2024. David Benavidez, the younger brother of Jose Benavidez Jr., is currently the WBC super middleweight champion.
Showtime PPV will have the full broadcast of the card beginning at 8 p.m. ET with the Charlo-Benavidez fight expected to start around 10 p.m. ET. The cost for the card is $75.
Charlo, 33, remains one of the bigger stars in boxing despite his recent ring inactivity. He won his first title, the IBF super welterweight title with a third-round knockout over Cornelius Bundrage in September 2015. He defended that title three times before moving up to middleweight where he won the WBC middleweight title from Hugo Centeno Jr. on April 21, 2018. Charlo defended that title six times until he suffered and injury and later a “serious mental health episode” according to WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman. These events have kept Charlo from the ring for 28 monts.
Benavidez Jr., a 31-year-old from Los Angeles, is the older brother of current WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez. The older Benavidez won his first 27 professional fights before running into Terence Crawford and suffering a 12-round TKO in a fight for Crawford’s WBC welterweight title. Since then Benavidez has also lost to Danny Garcia and is now moving up in weight hoping to pull an upset on Charlo.
Charlo comes into the bout as the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is a -900 favorite while Benavidez Jr. is a +550 underdog.
Jermall Charlo vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. round-by-round results
Round 1: Charlo 10-9
Both start out slow, Charlo eats a couple of Benavidez Jr. hits. Charlo three jabs up-top and he looks to be more aggressive here. A left hook connects for Charlo, Benavidez Jr. searching for answers after a fast start. Nice uppercut snuck in by Charlo to end the round.
Round 2: Charlo 10-9 (Charlo 20-18)
Halfway thrown hook connects for Charlo. Benavidez tries to shoot back but makes partial contact. Nice jab lands for Charlo, followed by another uppercut on the chin of Benavidez.the inside. Charlo finding a good rhythm and lands another uppercut.
Round 3: Charlo 10-9 (Charlo 30-27)
Benavidez trying to keep up, but Charlo’s best looks too elite. Left jab continues to split the guard of Benavidez. Benavidez not backing down though, but Jermall is too much at the moment.
Round 4: Charlo 10-9 (Charlo 40-36)
Big right connects upstairs for Charlo. Charlo jabs to the body with his left hand. Check hook lands for Charlo. Left hand again for Charlo to the head of Benavidez. Jab from Charlo, then an uppercut. Another efficient jab lands for Charlo. Uppercut lands yet again. Benavidez hurting, Charlo looks good in his return.
Round 5: Charlo 10-9 (Charlo 50-45)
Charlo is outmatching Benavidez and his power seems to still be in tact. Crisp jab for him continues to split the guard of Benavidez. Charlo on the ropes but he doesn’t seem fazed and Benavidez throwing punches with lackluster power.
Round 6: Charlo 10-9 (Charlo 60-54)
Charlo lands a jab. More work from Jermall now a right hand lands upstairs. Benavidez connects a straight right to the body. Charlo keeping it up and pours on another precise right and a short left. Double left hand comes from Charlo. Charlo stings Benavidez with another combination, followed by an uppercut. Two nice jabs from Charlo sprinkle a round of dominance.
Round 7: Charlo 10-9 (Charlo 70-63)
Charlo throws punches as Benavidez covers up. Right hand from Charlo lands clean down to the body. Right hand counter from Benavidez makes partial contact but Charlo lands a clean jab after. More body shots land for Charlo as Benavidez can only cover up. Charlo lands a jab to the body. Charlo lands a stiff jab.
Round 8: Charlo 10-9 (Charlo 80-72)
Charlo leads with a right hand land lands around the guard, followed by a left. Charlo pops up back-to-back jabs. Charlo fires off three punches while Benavidez tries to cover up. Charlo is laying it onto Benavidez right now.
Round 9: Charlo 10-9 (Charlo 90-81)
Benavidez fires out a few punches but not landing any at all. More Charlo as Benavidez surprisingly stands still. Crowd trying to rally Benavidez, but too much Charlo, this time he lands 8-10 punches in a big-time flurry.
Round 10: Charlo 10-9 (Charlo 100-90)
More mockery than fighting as both begin to jaw at each other. Ref steps in between the both of them. Now Charlo lands a big left hand and this one finally stuns Benavidez. Charlo in full control and Benavidez waiting on the bell. Nice comeback for Charlo as he’s cruised in this catchweight bout.