Box - Charlo hopes to knock off ring rust by defending title

Boxer Shawn Porter (AFP Photo/Bryan Steffy)

- Undefeated Jermell Charlo and challenger Charles Hatley will each be coming off long layoffs when they square off for Charlo's World Boxing Council junior middleweight title Saturday at Barclays Center. American Charlo (28-0) has not fought since winning the 154-pound title last May with an eighth-round knockout of US Virgin Islands fighter John Jackson. Hatley's layoff is even longer. He has been on the sidelines for 17 months since scoring an 11th-round knockout of Australia's Anthony Mundine in November 2015. They will be fighting on the undercard of a main event featuring US former welterweight champions Shawn Porter, 26-2 with one drawn and 16 knockouts, and Andre Berto, 31-4 with 24 knockouts.

AFP