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Charlo KO1 Lubin Starkly Reminiscent of Tyson KO1 Spinks

By Peter Lim

Wasn’t the punch Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs) deployed to knock out Erickson Lubin (18-1, 13 KOs) in the first round eerily reminiscent of Mike Tyson’s fight-ending blow, also in the opening round, against Michael Spinks in 1988? Both Spinks and Lubin ran their jaws smack into the punch - a hybrid right uppercut/hook – when they made evasive moves by ducking to their left like they were anticipating an incoming right cross.

Despite his nondescript 50 percent knockout ratio, Charlo has stopped his last four opponents, three of which were in world title fights. A few weeks prior to the Lubin fight, Charlo talked about fine-tuning his technique to enhance his punching power.

"I'm sitting down on my punches a lot more," Charlo said. “I’ve been working on the basics of power, how you turn punches over, how to really sit down on punches and how to really commit to that.”

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But it was something else Charlo said during training camp that might have been a harbinger his brutal and sudden blowout of Lubin.

Asked if he felt any pressure to outdo himself after his last fight during which he spectacularly separated Charles Hatley from his senses – a candidate for KO of the Year - Charlo, with a veiled smirk, responded: "If you think that fight was Knockout of the Year …” before checking himself and stopping short of completing the sentence.

Like a fighter regaining his footing after a momentary stumble, Charlo quickly reset and continued: “I'm fighting a young prospect, not a contender yet. We can go 12, we can get the knockout. The (Hatley) knockout is already over and done with. I'm not harnessing or dwelling on it anymore. I did what I had to do against Charles Hatley; he ran his mouth and I made him shut it. That’s over with."

Did Charlo almost inadvertently reveal a chink in Lubin’s armor that he and his camp had identified but were keeping under wraps?

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by daggum on 10-15-2017

he punched lubin when he wasnt looking. should have been dq'd.

Comment by Boxing lives on 10-15-2017

Jermell just out did the J Rock KO. Wow these Charlo's are setting the bar in the boxing game right now.

Comment by Dramacyde on 10-15-2017

Keep running your mouth!!!

Comment by bluepete on 10-15-2017

[QUOTE=Floyd's Mask;18137785]these types of forearm shot incidents happen all the time in boxing. I'm just saying had it been a clean punch from the knuckle of the glove Calzaghe would've not made the count :usa2:[/QUOTE] Roy's power had long gone…

Comment by The Madison on 10-15-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;18137748]Who did you say would win?????[/QUOTE] charlo....

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