Charlo Steamrolls Bundrage To Snatch 154 Lb. Crown

By Jake Donovan

It's been 18 months since Jermall Charlo was first promised a title shot. Once that moment finally arrived, the twin boxer from Houston took out all of his frustration on Cornelius Bundrage, scoring four knockdowns en route to a 3rd round knockout Saturday afternoon at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. 

The bout served as the televised opener in a matinee edition of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC.

Bundrage hit the deck in every round, including two knockdowns in round four. The final trip to the canvas was enough to convince the referee to stop the contest. 

The feat came exactly seven years after Charlo's pro debut, and he fought as if he's been waiting that long for his just due. Bundrage hadn't fought since winning his title in a 12-round decision over Carlos Molina last October. He wasn't given any time to shake off any built-up ring rust as Charlo took the lead and never conceded.

An overhand right midway through the opening round put Bundrage on the deck for the first time in the fight. It would become a familiar destination for the 42-year old Detroit native, who was never able to get into a rhythm. 

"I hand't fought in (11 months), you can't be inactive fighting these young guys," Bundrage said of trying to keep up with Charlo. 

The afternoon would only get worse for the soon-to-be-dethroned champ. 

Charlo struck again in round two, this time dropping Bundrage with a left jab. Knockdown number three came early in the 3rd round, courtest of a flurry of shots upstairs. Bundrage managed to beat the count, but wouldn't be given such a chance after being flattened by a temple shot two minutes later. 

The fourth and final knockdown was met without a count, as the fight was immediately stopped. The official time was 2:33 of round four. 

Charlo—whose twin brother Jermell is also a top-rated super welterweight—improves to 22-0 (17KOs) in winning his first title.

With plenty of time to kill, unbeaten light heavyweight Marcus Browne (16-0, 12KOs) was granted airtime. The 2012 U.S. Olympian didn't require much time to make a statement, scoring two knockdowns before forcing former light heavyweight champ Gabriel Campillo (25-8-1, 12KOs) inside of one round. 

Jake Donovan is the managing editor of
Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
Facebook Page: JakeBScene
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 09-25-2015

This was first real fight for Charlo. Is he so good, or Bundrage sux?

Comment by Ravens Fan on 09-13-2015

[QUOTE=animalfan10;16043224]If Kovalev was Black you would probably be hearing the complaints. Hell even if he was a White American you would hear them....It's only because he's Russian and has the cool foreign factor going for him that he gets a…

Comment by Ravens Fan on 09-13-2015

[QUOTE=animalfan10;16043202]But when Kovalev and GGG do it (fight cans) it's okay doe[/QUOTE] PBC has hundreds of fighters under contract and for the most part they still cannot manage to make good match ups, why? To me that means one of…

Comment by MasterPlan on 09-12-2015

[QUOTE=SkillspayBills;16043535]Charlo-Andrade please and thank you.[/QUOTE] Andrade next fight will be in court.

Comment by SkillspayBills on 09-12-2015

Charlo-Andrade please and thank you.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (30)
Top Headlines Conte's SNAC Introduces The New 'Fighter Training Stack' Joshua Will Be Ringside, Scouting The Whyte-Chisora Rematch Dmitry Bivol Has No Problem With Oleksandr Gvozdyk Clash Frank Warren: If Hearn Was My Kid - I'd Slap Him Down! Hearn: Wilder-Fury PPV Number is Terrible, Absolutely Terrible News: Kem Ljungquist, Henderson Shocks Robinson, Landeros Frampton: Warrington's Arrogance Bubbling Under The Surface Wilder 'Would Love' For Barclays Center To Host Fury Rematch Broner Coach To Roach: Shut The F*** Up, Carry The Spit Bucket! Pedraza: Lomachenko 'Definitely' Better Than Gervonta Davis Wilder Will Add Weight For Fury Rematch; Targets 245 Pounds Hearn Maintains Big Offer on Table For Khan To Face Brook Lebedev Targets Usyk Mandatory Fight as Final Career Bout Danielito Zorrilla May Return on Machado Card After Big Win Amir Khan Ready To Impress: Tyson Fury Gives Me Inspiration Sanchez: Golovkin Has 2-3 Years Left, I'd Like 5 or 6 Fights Gilberto Ramirez Finishes Camp, as Jesse Hart Rematch Looms Tyson Fury's Trainer Ben Davison - The Unlikely Hero Pacquiao Prepares For Broner's 'Running,' Aims To Seek & Destroy Hearn: Disappointing if Joshua Doesn't Get Wilder or Fury Next Hearn: Khan Should Decide on Crawford or Brook Within a Week Pedraza: I'm Proud of What I Did, It Was Close Until The 11th Photos: Braekhus, Shields, Estrada Get Wins on Final HBO Card Fury To Wilder: You'll Need More Than a Million Judges To Rob Me Brook Warns Khan: Don't Come Crawling To Me After Crawford Dogboe: I Just Couldn't Get The Victory, The Best Man Won Michel Soro Has No Problems in Stopping Greg Vendetti Lomachenko-Pedraza Rating Looking Big For ESPN Hearn: WBC Has NOT Ordered Rematch, Wilder Can Face Joshua Dirrell Motivated, 'Ready For Challenge' of Yildirim Title Fight Shields Training Charlo, Ajagba, Apochi For Barclays Card Photos: Navarrete Stuns, Punishes Dogboe For WBO Title Wilder-Fury Rematch Talks To Begin Next Week, Says Warren Photos: Lomachenko Drops, Decisions Pedraza To Unify Belts Photos: Kell Brook Looks Flat in Decision Win Over Zerafa Photos: Carroll, Frenois Ends in Draw - No Mandatory For Farmer Teofimo Lopez: Im 2019, I Will Be Champion - I Guarantee It! Brook: I Want To Shut Khan Up, Then Move On To Spence, Porter Rene Alvarado Beats Carlos Morales, Targets Machado Shot Euro News: Spike O'Sullivan, Oliver Meng, Jordy Weiss, More

Latest Active Forum Threads