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The Charlo twins, Jermell and Jermall, are steadily developing into one of boxing's big stories. The 24-year-old brothers are trained by the elite Ronnie Shields. They are former amateur standouts and viewed as potential stars of the future.
Jermell took a big step in that direction earlier this year when he thoroughly handled tough journeyman Gabriel Rosado, winning a unanimous decision. I thought Charlo's work against Rosado was more impressive than middleweight champion Peter Quillin's performance against the same opponent last year. Charlo also looked far better against Rosado than undefeated super middleweight contender J'Leon Love.
It was the kind of one-sided fight that left boxing fans hungry for more. The 154-pound division tends to be full of talent, but there is always room for another potential superstar, if he has the talent to make that room.
Charlie Ota was born Charlie Bellamy in Harlem, New York. He settled in Japan after serving a stint there with the U.S. Navy. He did not take up boxing until 24, but he's been a quick learner and has developed into the top welterweight/junior middleweight of his adopted country.
Ota has a much better record than Rosado did, but he's also faced far inferior competition. He's definitely never fought a talent like Jermell Charlo. Ota has a major opportunity facing him as an opponent for the fast-tracking Charlo, but it won't be an easy one to capitalize on.