After a notable absence from the professional boxing ring that has lasted two years and counting, Jermall Charlo, the current WBC middleweight world champion, looks to be making a comeback. The middleweight world champion posted video clips of him back in the gym and training with his coach Ronnie Shields.
His hiatus from the sport has been attributed to a combination of injuries and issues in his personal life.
Charlo's last appearance in the ring was a unanimous decision victory over Juan Macias Montiel in June of 2021. A fight at the time that was looked at as a 'stay-busy' type of opponent, in which Charlo went all twelve rounds with Montiel. Since then, we have yet to see Jermall Charlo return, whereas his twin brother, Jermell Charlo, would go on to become the undisputed junior middleweight champion over the past two years, but also fight very infrequently as well.
While some boxing enthusiasts have called for Charlo to be stripped of his title during his absence, the WBC has stood by him throughout his personal issues, as Carlos Adames currently holds the WBC interim middleweight champion, whereas Jermall Charlo despite his absence is still the WBC middleweight world champion.
With the clips surfacing on Instagram of Charlo posting a glimpse into his training routine, some have hoped that this could lead to a fight with super middleweight Caleb Plant. During the Terence Crawford-Errol Spence Jr., festivities Plant slapped Charlo on camera. The clip went viral, and given that Charlo will probably want to return in a 'big fight' and Plant is coming off a loss on pay-per-view to David Benavidez...the fight makes sense for both.
So, now comes the waiting game. We have seen this before with small clips surfacing of Jermall Charlo training, but is he motivated by the disrespect shown by Plant to end his hiatus from the sport.
As Charlo hints at a return, the boxing world is curious to see if Caleb Plant could be the person that Jermall Charlo faces in the fall, if he does in fact return.