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Jermell Charlo: I Have Explosive Power, But My Jab Got Me These Straps!

Jermell Charlo unified the WBC, WBA, and IBF 154-pound titles with a spectacular eighth-round knockout against Jeison Rosario in the second main event of a doubleheader on SHOWTIME PPV at the Mohegan Sun.

Jermell (34-1, 18 KOs) stole the show in the main event as he knocked out Rosario (20-2-1, 14 KOs) in stunning fashion just 21 seconds into the eighth round with a straight left jab to the body. Rosario struggled to get to his knees and appeared to have the wind knocked out of him as he was counted out by referee Harvey Dock.

“It’s Lions Only forever,” Jermell said. “We’ve been doing this for a long time. Dreams do come true. This is a part of my dream and a part of my destiny. I’m satisfied and I’m happy.”

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Jermell became boxing’s ninth unified champion with his trainer Derrick James becoming the only current trainer with two unified titlists, including Jermell and Errol Spence Jr.

After seven completed round, Jermell held a narrow lead on all three judges’ scorecards: 66-65 and 67-64 twice.

Jermell recorded two knockdowns before his knockout. In the closing seconds of the sixth round, Rosario from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, went down for the second time as Charlo connected on a short left hook that stunned Rosario, who was saved by the bell. Rosario was also sent to the canvas early as Jermell scored a knockdown on a left hook to the top of Rosario’s head in the first minute of the fight.

Rosario was taken to the hospital for observation following the fight. 

“I knew that he was going to keep coming after the first knockdown,” Jermell said. “He kept pressing for four or five rounds until I floored him again. I’m growing and learning that the knockout just comes. I know that I have explosive power in both hands. I utilized my jab more than any other punch in this fight and that’s what got me these straps.”

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Comment by Bronx2245 on 09-29-2020

[QUOTE=markther;20785551]Had Eubanks Jr. beat Groves and Saunders, he would he like right there in the public eye. Those 2 losses kinda hurt his ascend to the top. I think he has RJ training him now. And he hasn’t fought in…

Comment by markther on 09-29-2020

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;20784234]I would rather Caleb Plant for IBF SMW title. Easier to make, 50-50 fight, and if he were to win, David Benavidez would be another good option! What I would NOT pay for is Charlo vs. Eubank Jr.![/QUOTE] Had Eubanks…

Comment by Curt Henning on 09-28-2020

[QUOTE=milkey1;20782950]If they really lions fight Beterbiev at 175 the naturally smaller Canelo went to 175 and fought a C level Kovalev why can’t they move up and fight the most feared man in boxing in Beterbiev ?[/QUOTE] but youll be…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 09-28-2020

[QUOTE=markther;20784216]I was thinking along those same lines, especially with how they intentionally stacked the 2 brothers together for a PPV. From that perspective, I would pay for something like that again, Jermell vs Castino if he gets past Teixeira for…

Comment by markther on 09-28-2020

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;20783514]The Charlo Bros. can only sell PPVs if the cards are stacked like they were on Saturday! Madrimov is a beast, but he's an unknown! Lara is too old for the casuals! Hurd is inactive, and J-Rock is in hiding…

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