Jermall Charlo makes his long-awaited return to the ring to take on Jose Benavidez Jr this weekend.
The WBC middleweight champion hasn’t fought in over two years due to a struggle with personal issues and mental health concerns.
Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) now returns as the co-main event on the much-anticipated David Benavidez-Demetrius Andrade card.
The 33-year-old now ends his hiatus against Benavidez’s brother, Jose Jr however his title will not be put on the line.
Charlo vs Benavidez Jr: Date and UK start time
This 10-round bout will take place on Saturday, November 25.
The contest will be a 163-pound catchweight – meaning Charlo’s 160-pound title will not be up for grabs.
The event will be held at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas from 1am UK time.
Ringwalks for Charlo vs Benavidez Jr is scheduled for 3am, but timings could change due to the length of other undercard fights.
It will be broadcast for fans in the UK on FITE TV – more info HERE – and Showtime PPV in the US.
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Charlo vs Benavidez Jr: Fight card
Subject to change…
- MAIN EVENT: David Benavidez vs. Demetrius Andrade
- Subriel Matias vs. Shohjahon Ergashev
- Hector Luis Garcia vs. Lamont Roach
- Jermall Charlo vs. Jose Benavidez Jr
- Sergey Lipinets vs. Michel Rivera
- Pablo Vicente vs. Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov
- Vito Mielnicki Jr. vs. Alexis Salazar Flores
- Daniel Blancas vs. Raiko Santana
- Israel Mercardo vs. Wesley Rivers
- Curmel Moton vs. Hunter Turbyfill
- Jabin Chollet vs. Jorge Perez
- Alex Holley vs. Allen Medina
Charlo vs Benavidez Jr: What has been said?
Charlo told the Last Stand podcast: “Everything that Showtime has done for me. All of my fights have been on Showtime, and we have to accept the fact that Showtime won’t be showing boxing anymore.
“This is one of the last episodes. I get the chance to bless you guys with my skills and my talent.
“As far as the opponent goes, it was only right me stepping away from the ring for two years, come back, and not take him lightly.
“I’m not saying it’s a tune-up or anything of that nature, but it’s me coming back and letting you guys see me fighting someone that’s hungry, someone coming off a good outing, and the brother to the main event.
“So why not put me in there and let me show that I’m capable of doing what I normally do?”