WBC interim middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo (28-0, 21 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Southpaw journeymen Matt Korobov (28-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Korobov was a game opponent who relied on angles to confound the champ. The Champ would rely on his jab and stiff right to disrupt Korobov’s rhythm. Charlo gave Korobov all he could handle for the first eleven rounds. Charlo finally rocked Korobov in the last round. Scores were 119-108, 116-112, 116-112.
Co-Main event: In what would be the most surprising moment of the evening, Tony Harrison (28-2, 21KOs) was crowned The New Super Welterweight champion, after dethroning former undefeated Jermell “Ironman” Charlo (31-1, 15KOs). The crowd inside as well as outside Barclays Center was aghast to hear the unanimous decision, given to the clear inevitable loser of the match. The younger Charlo began the bout in an a-typical style, starting as the aggressor, not feeling his opponent out. However, Jermell kept the pressure up chasing his opponent around and landing more shots for most of the night. Harrison did put in some work, ending the 5th with an overhand right to the top of Charlo’s head. Scores were 116-112, 115-113×2
The Heavyweights Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18KOs) and Carlos Negron (20-2, 16KOs) lit the spark for an exciting night of boxing inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. By the 2nd round, Negron took the upper hand literally, landing 11 of 19 shots. The 3rd became overheated when both combatants continued the fight beyond the bell, nearly causing a ruckus inside the arena. Breazeale takes hold of the reigns, catching Negron straight flush to close out the 4th. Both would display unsportsmanlike conduct and would be warned throughout the match about “fighting dirty”, by referee, Author Mercante. Round 9 in the most power display of heavyweight prowess, Breazeale overhand right sent spit and blood flying from Negron’s unsuspecting left- side, landing his head and body between different ropes, ultimately ending the fight. Time was 1:37 of Round 9 of a scheduled 10 Rd match up.
Saturday May 21, 2016, the same day the Notorious B. I.G. would’ve turned 44, Showtime sports brought twin magic; Jermell and Jermall Charlo became the 2nd twins to hold World Championships.
Venue- Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada
The feature bout of the evening saw WBA Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy Lara (23-2-2 13KOs) win over Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21KOs). Martirosyan would press the action but Lara landed the more meaningful shots during the early rounds. Martirosyan focused his shots to Lara’s body, however the veteran, Lara would brush them off. Lara would find his rhythm in the middle rounds landing strong straight lefts, which dictated the action.
The IBF Super Welterweight Championship belt settled nicely in the hands of its current owner for another title defense. Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18KOs) extends his perfect record against former WBA super welterweight champion, Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout (30-3,17KOs). The early rounds saw Charlo dictate the bout behind a strong left jab and powerful straight right. Charlo damaged Trout’s right eye to the point of closing. However, Trout would recover in the Championship rounds behind a sneaky straight left. Charlo would win the fight by unanimous decision; scores were 116-112 2x and 115-113.
*Fireworks would continue after the bout with mandatory/confused contender Charles Hatley shoving Jermall Charlo instead of Jermell Charlo who he is set to face later this year.
Floyd Mayweather’s vacated WBC Super Welterweight belt was up for grabs in the first bout of the night. It would be one half of the Charlo duo that would snag the 154lb pound Championship after a comeback performance for the ages. Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13KOs) suffered a lackluster performance possibly winning two of the eight rounds fought. John ‘Da Rock’ Jackson (20-3, 15KOs) son of former WBC Middleweight Champion Julian Jackson put on a boxing clinic for seven rounds. Charlo seemed befuddled (the catch word of the evening) by the movement of Jackson. Derrick James, Charlo’s trainer, in between round 7 and 8 lit a fire under Charlo by questioning his stamina. Charlo raced out at the start of the 8th round and landed a hard right hook that turned Jackson into a living statue. Referee Tony Weeks stopped the bout in Round 8. At the time of the stoppage, Jackson was up 69-64 on all scorecards.