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.
Bommmb Squaaaaaaad! The Alabama Summer heat and humidity paled in comparison to the intensity inside the Legacy Arena, Saturday night. The fight shown courtesy of Premiere Boxing Champions (PBC) on Fox network featured WBC Heavyweight Champion, Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36KOs) and Los Angeles native Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-5-1, 31KOs). Wilder showcased a stiff left jab for most of the fight. He landed a fierce right hand which sent Arreola to the canvass in Round 4. Arreola would recover but his nightmare would not come to the end until the eight round when his corner call the fight at the end of Round 8. Wilder later revealed during his post fight interview, he fought Arreola, with broken right hand, and possibly torn bicep.
Erickson the “Hammer” Lubin (16-0 11KOs) maintains his stellar perfect record, after a one-sided win against, Ivan “Terrible” Montero (20-2, 8KOs). Lubin stayed busy during the 8-round matchup, sticking straight shots to the body and keeping the action close. The end of round 4, referee Flynn Gerald, doles out his second warning to Lubin, for low blows. The scores were: 80-72×3
The Alabama commission reexamines earlier scores, changing a majority draw into a unanimous decision win, for welterweight contender, Felix Diaz (18-1, 8KOs). It seems there was some confusion after referee Keith Hughes deducted a point, in the 10th round after Sammy Vasquez (21-1, 15KOs) lost his mouthpiece, for the third time. The 2008 Olympic Gold medalist (Dominican Republic) Diaz had to prove his fight game is developed enough to stay in the professional arena after an October 2015 loss to Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17KOs). By the third round, Diaz showed more of his Olympic vigor landing substantial combinations against the overmatched Vasquez. The end of round 8 saw Diaz open a huge gash on the Vasquez’s right lip. Although, the punch stats had the fighters landing a similar number of punches, Diaz was more effective as evident by Vasquez’s face. The scores were 96-93, 95-94×2.