Jermall Charlo approaches knockdowns the way Tammany Hall politicians approach voting: The best policy is early and often.
This was a strange Charlo camp, these weeks leading up to Jermall’s 154-pound title fight against world champ Cornelius Bundrage on Saturday, in that there was only one of them there.
Other fighters have a nasty tendency to not stay around long when Jermall Charlo is in the ring. Of his last 15 fights, eight were over by the fifth round. Only one went the distance. It may be a sign for Cornelius Bundrage on Saturday, when the champion defends his world title against Charlo at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut (NBC, 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT), to try to take the Texas native into the deepest of waters. Strap in and hang on, if you can.
Scrawled across Jermall Charlo’s pecs: “Heart of a Lion.” The full-blown chest piece stretches from the middle of his sternum to just before his navel with a roaring, wild-eyed king of the jungle.
Peter Quillin battled to a hard-fought draw against Andy Lee in his PBC debut in April. Now Kid Chocolate looks to get back in the win column when he takes on Michael Zerafa in a meeting of 160-pound contenders September 12 live on NBC from Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.