After having flirted with the periphery of the sport’s top 10 pound-for-pound list throughout two reigns as 154-pound titleholder, the only thing unified super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo has seemingly lacked up to this point is a defining victory.  

At 31, it would be hard to find anyone disputing whether Charlo (34-1, 18 KOs) and his sublime combination of power and speed is world class. Charlo made a strong case for consideration as the sport’s best 154-pounder last fall when he co-headlined his first pay-per-view card (alongside twin brother Jermall) and knocked out Jeison Rosario to unify a trio of world titles. His lone defeat — a disputed decision against Tony Harrison in 2018 — was avenged the following year by knockout.  

So what about that defining fight to cement himself as one of the best…

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