Charlo brothers looking to make history on Saturday – ESPN

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Throughout boxing history, there have been successful brother tandems.

Juan Manuel Marquez and Rafael Marquez, for example, were among the best in the business in their heyday and held titles in different weight classes at the same time during the early 2000s, Juan Manuel as a featherweight and Rafael as a bantamweight.

Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, perhaps the most successful brothers in boxing history, owned the heavyweight division for years as they fulfilled the dream they had from the moment they turned pro in 1996: to hold world titles at the same time. From 2008 until Vitali’s retirement at the end of 2012 they simultaneously held all four major belts, three for Wladimir and one for Vitali. They had the weight class on lockdown.

Now junior middleweight brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo have a chance to carve out their own boxing history in which they can both hold world titles at the same time in the same weight class and become the first twins to do so, although Thai twins Khaosai Galaxy (junior bantamweight) and Khaokor Galaxy (bantamweight) briefly held world titles in different weight classes in the late 1980s.

To accomplish that goal, the Houston natives both need to win on Saturday night (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET) at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It would be quite the birthday present for the siblings, who turned 26 on Thursday.

“We always thought that we would be winners and that we would be competing at the top level,” Jermall Charlo said. “Now it’s time to make history. We want to prove why we’re at the top.

“Me and my brother have always wanted to be champions at the same time. There’s never been anything like this. This era, you will get a chance to enjoy us. We’ve worked very hard to get here and we’re going to reign on this level.

“We both do different things, but we also have the same skills and the same power. No one in the division can match up to us.”

First up will be Jermell Charlo (27-0, 12 KOs), who will attempt to join his brother as a world titleholder when he meets the Virgin Islands’ John Jackson (20-2, 15 KOs), 27, son of former two-division titleholder Julian Jackson, for one of the 154-pound belts vacated by Floyd Mayweather upon his retirement last fall.

Charlo brothers looking to make history on Saturday – ESPN

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