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.
How to watch Jermall Charlo vs. Jose Benavidez Jr.
This main card will be broadcast on Showtime PPV, the final broadcast in the Showtime sports franchise, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Charlo-Benavidez Jr. should start around 10 p.m. ET
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.
DraftKings Sportsbook has Charlo as a -900 favorite, while Benavidez Jr. is the underdog at +550.
Full card for Jermall Charlo vs. Jose Benavidez Jr.
- Main event: David Benavidez vs. Demetrius Andrade, 12 rounds, for Benavidez interim WBC super middleweight title
- Jermall Charlo vs. Jose Benavidez Jr., 10 rounds, middleweight
- Hector Luis Garcia vs. Lamont Roach, 12 rounds, for Garcia’s WBA super featherweight title
- Subriel Matias vs. Shohjahon Ergashev, 12 rounds, for Matias’ IBF super lightweight title