Jermall Charlo will most likely bring a world title back to Houston after a seven-year drought. Charlo fights for the IBF junior middleweight belt against Cornelius Bundrage at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut on Saturday.
Read my prediction of the fight at: http://peterliminator.blogspot.com/2015/09/jermall-charlo-vs-cornelius-bundrage.html
Since Juan Diaz lost his three world lightweight world title belts to Nate Campbell in March of 2008, Houston has been devoid of a world titleholder. Houston's boxers sport a 0-5-1 record in title fights since Diaz's dethroning. This is how it went down:
Nov. 8, 2008: Houston's Raul Marquez was stopped in the sixth round by Arthur Abraham in Germany for the IBF middleweight title.
Feb. 9, 2009: Juan Diaz was stopped in the ninth round by Juan Manuel Marquez for the RING Magazine lightweight belt.
Feb. 28, 2009: Rocky Juarez fought to a draw against Chris John at the Toyota Center for the WBA featherweight belt.
Sept. 19, 2009: Juarez was outpointed over 12 rounds by John in a rematch in Las Vegas.
July 31, 2010: Diaz lost to Juan Manuel Marquez again in a rematch by 12-round decision.
March 29, 2014: Cedric Agnew was stopped in the eighth round by Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight belt.
Can Jermall Charlo break the dry spell?
Read The Houston Chronicle article on Charlo-Bundrage at: