What’s Next for Anderson Silva, Jermall Charlo, Naoya Inoue, and Gabriel Rosado?

Published 06/20/2021, 2:43 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 30: Anderson Silva of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Boxing had some massive talking points last night, with several high-profile events taking place. Some of the biggest names on show included former UFC champion Anderson Silva, WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue, and middleweight contender Gabe Rosado.

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All the big names on show last night successfully lived up to their hype. Each fighter made a statement in their own way as they looked to capture the headlines. So what’s next for all those who won over the weekend?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 07: Jermall Charlo of the United States celebrates his WBC World Middleweight Championship against Dennis Hogan of Ireland at Barclays Center on December 07, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

What next for Anderson Silva?

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The UFC legend and former middleweight champion showed no signs of discomfort in the ring. He put on an impressive showing against a former world champion in Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. However, at 46, it is difficult to see him putting together a run towards the title.

Thus, we think a long-awaited boxing fight against Roy Jones Jr. would be an interesting idea for Silva. While Jones Jr. is certainly not the only option, it would be exciting given the history between the pair. Moreover, Jake Paul has already offered Silva a slot on his undercard.

What next for Jermall Charlo?

Jermall Charlo successfully defended his WBC middleweight belt, maintaining his unbeaten record against Juan Macias Montiel. More importantly, he stayed on course for a potential bout against Canelo Alvarez.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 07: Jermall Charlo of the United States celebrates his WBC World Middleweight Championship against Dennis Hogan of Ireland at Barclays Center on December 07, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

However, a shot at Alvarez will be too soon for Charlo, and the Mexican has other plans right now. He will probably face Caleb Plant for the undisputed title in September. Thus, a move up to super-middleweight to face David Benavidez seems like the best option for Jermall Charlo.

Both fighters have called for the Alvarez fight and both are coming off of fairly subdued performances. Furthermore, there has been trash-talk between the pair. Thus, it would make perfect sense for them to fight, with the winner getting a shot at Canelo.

What next for Naoya Inoue?

Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue continued his dominance in the bantamweight division with another stunning knockout victory over Michael Dasmarinas. The undefeated unified champion showed why he belongs in the P4P list, making light work of his challenger.

Now, a unification bout against old-foe Nonito Donaire, or fellow champion John Riel Casimero seems like an interesting idea. Inoue, already a multi-weight champion, could reach a new height of superstardom if he becomes the undisputed bantamweight champion.

What next for Gabriel Rosado?

One event that went under the radar was the return of former super-middleweight title challenger, Gabriel Rosado. The 35-year-old made a huge stride towards one last push for the title when he knocked out Bektemir Melikuziev with a devastating one-punch finish. As a result, he is now the WBO International champion.

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One opponent that we would like to see Rosado face next is Edgar Berlanga. The youngster is one of the brightest prospects and needs to make the step up in opponents. Moreover, Berlanga sits at #7 in the WBO rankings. Thus, if the fight happened, the winner could be closer to a title shot.

What do you think Anderson Silva, Jermall Charlo, Naoya Inoue, and Gabriel Rosado should do next?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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