FightPost Boxer of the Week: Jermell Charlo
By Gary Kittilsen
There is nothing sweeter than revenge and that’s exactly what Jermell “Ironman” Charlo of Houston, Texas was able to get on Tony “Suber Bad” Harrison Saturday night at the Toyota arena in Ontario, California.
Harrison was able to eke out a controversial decision over Charlo last year at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The two exchanged heated words and build their anger up at each other over the past 12 months in their build-up to their much-anticipated rematch.
The sequel proved far different than the original matchup. Charlo was far more aggressive this time around and secured an 11th round TKO over Harrison. Dropping Harrison three times on his way to recapturing his WBC 154-Pound strap.
On what was an action-packed weekend that saw numerous back and forth fights and A+ performances on both sides of the Atlantic it was Charlo who was able to exact revenge on his conqueror that earned our fighter of the week award.
Not often is the sequel better than the original. However, when the original is lackluster and void of any great action, perhaps the fireworks were being saved for part 2? That’s exactly what Jermell Charlo and WBC Jr middleweight champ Tony Harrison did for their rematch.
The first fight was a ho-hum affair, the rematch was anything but. The younger Charlo twin looked determined, taking the action to Harrison and trying to take the decision out of the judge’s hands. The champ obliged and was more than willing to trade blows with the amped-up challenger.
Trading blows proved to be the wrong move for the champ who was viewed as the better tactician with the better jab, but not as big a puncher as the challenger. Harrison got caught in an exchange in the second round that ended with him eating a left hook-right hand combo that dropped him to the canvas.
The champ was able to get to his feet and have a large measure of success in the middle rounds. Landing clean combinations and making the Texan swing and miss. While Harrison may have been winning rounds, he was losing the battle. The power shots Charlo was landing were taking their toll as Harrison began to break down.
This came to head in the 10th round where Charlo put together his best round and seemed to shift the momentum in his favor. The momentum would stay on the side of the Texan in the 11th. Charlo flashed his power again dropping Harrison for the second time in the fight, this time with a double left hook to the body then the head. “Super Bad” got to his feet only to go down seconds later from a barrage of power shots.
Harrison fought his way back to his feet yet again, However, by this point things were academic. Charlo poured on more heavy leather causing referee Jack Reiss to call a halt to the bout at 2:28 of the eleventh round.
The Charlo brothers remain some of the brightest stars and biggest draws in the PBC stable. Neither twin will have much trouble securing big money fights. This is especially true for Jermell.
The 154-pound division is absolutely stacked with even money, all-action type fights.To make matters even better, most of the fighters are represented by PBC. Meaning there should be no problem in making these fights in the near future.
The rumors of a unification bout with IBF & WBA titleholder Julian “J Rock” Williams are heating up and seem to be all but done assuming Willaims can get by lightly regarded prospect Jeison Rosario next month in Philadelphia.
If that fight doesn’t happen for whatever reason, there are countless top-notch 154-pounders that would love a shot at Charlo’s strap that would make for an entertaining fight including former champs Erislandy Lara and Jarrett Hurd. A trilogy with Harrison would certainly be an appealing fight as would a showdown with Argentinian knockout artist Brian Castano.