The stakes have now been raised, with the WBC making Jermall Charlo the full middleweight champion of the weight class.
On Saturday night, he will make the first defense of that title against Brandon Adams in the main event live on SHOWTIME from NRG Arena in Houston, Texas..
In the co-feature, there will be battle of super welterweights between Erickson “Hammer” Lubin and France’s Zakaria Attou, who meet in a WBC title eliminator, plus Mexico’s Eduardo Ramirez and hard-hitting Claudio Marrero, who compete in a WBA featherweight title eliminator.
Adams is a tremendous underdog in the fight, and many observers believe the champion will knock him out.
Adams has won four in a row since getting stopped by John Thompson in two rounds in 2015.
Despite his standing with the experts, Adams is confident of a win.
“I’m looking to put forth the effort that will make me the new champion and have my hand raised on Saturday night. I just want to put on a performance. I want us to give the fans something to remember. I want it to go down in history. I need that opponent who can help me make history,” Adams said.
“I believe Jermall is everything that he has shown and proven to be. That’s what I’m up against and that’s the kind of challenge that I want on Saturday. This fight on Saturday is going to be fireworks. We’re both bringing our A-game. I don’t get too much into what other people think. I go by what I believe, and I believe in myself. I always have and always will.
“I’ve been through a whole lot in my whole life and I’m to the point where everything is going golden now and I’m grateful for it. We’re going to put it all on the table and all on the line in that ring. I’m a fan friendly fighter. I’m looking to become a world champion on Saturday night and I’m going to leave it all on the line. It’s one fight at a time and this is the biggest opportunity yet.”