UNCASVILLE, Connecticut — Jermall Charlo claimed in the lead up to the toughest fight of his career on Saturday that he was already the best middleweight boxer in the world. Against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, in his first pairing against an elite 160-pound opponent, he finally had the chance to prove it.
Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs), in the third defense of his full WBC middleweight title, put forth his most impressive performance to date by holding off Derevyanchenko (13-3, 10 KOs) via unanimous decision inside Mohegan Sun Arena. The fight was the first of two pay-per-view main events headlined by the 30-year-old twin Charlo brothers in separate fights.
Behind his quick jab, heavy right hand and very underrated defense, Charlo took home 116-112, 117-111 and 118-110. CBS Sports also scored it 117-111 for Charlo.