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.