Staff picks: Charlo vs Rosario

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Who wins the 154-pound unification between Jermell Charlo and Jeison Rosario?

Saturday on Showtime PPV (7 pm ET) from Connecticut, junior middleweight titleholders Jermell Charlo and Jeison Rosario will unify three belts in a meeting of No. 1 vs No. 2 at 154 pounds.

Charlo (33-1, 17 KO) is defending his WBC belt, while Rosario (20-1-1, 14 KO) looks to add to an already great year for him, putting his WBA and IBF titles on the line.

Who wins? Our staffers make their picks.

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Patrick L. Stumberg

Jeison Rosario’s upset knockout of Julian Williams still ranks among the year’s most shocking upsets, and even hindsight struggles to find an explanation. Nothing about Rosario’s record suggested he’d be able to beat down a guy who’d outright bullied the gigantic Jarrett Hurd; he got knocked out by Nathaniel Gallimore and his best wins were, what, Jamontay Clark and a split decision over Jorge Cota? Just wild stuff.

Still, “he did something improbable already so why can’t he do it again” isn’t sufficient argument for a win here. Charlo hits too hard for Rosario to walk him down the way he did Williams, and “Banana” isn’t winning a technical boxing match. Whether he decides to slug it out or use his three-inch reach advantage steadily break the Dominican slugger down with a more textbook approach, Charlo figures to just have way too much for him. Charlo KO-7

Lewis Watson

Rosario is fun and comes to fight. Whether Charlo can keep the Dominican under control and at range is the key to victory for the favourite here, using his superior jab and technical ability throughout the contest. Jermell has been involved in plenty of bigger fights than Rosario over the past 3-4 years, with his experience crucial in a unification fight. I think Charlo will resist a tear up and break Rosario down inside the distance. Charlo TKO-10

And the staff winner is…

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Jermell Charlo (4-0)!

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