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Photos: Jermell Charlo Crushes Jorge Cota With Vicious KO

Former super welterweight world champion Jermell Charlo had anticipated this night would be all about him returning to championship glory. But it wasn’t to be. Charlo accomplished something just as sweet – a picture perfect knockout victory over dangerous veteran Jorge Cota in the main event of PBC on FOX Fight Night from Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. (photos by Leo Wilson, Sean Michael Ham)

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Like a home run hitter sitting on a 3-2 fastball, Charlo (32-1, 16 KOs) delivered a devastating one-two that came right down the middle, crashing flush into Cota’s face and sending him spiraling down and flat on his back on the apron of the ring. The end came at 2:17 of the third round as referee Jay Nady stood over the prone Cota (28-4, 25 KOs) and waved the fight off without picking up a count.

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Charlo’s victory sets up a rematch with WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Tony Harrison, who scored a unanimous decision over Charlo to take away his title on Dec. 22, 2018. Harrison, who pulled out of Sunday night’s fight with an injured right ankle, was sitting ringside for the fight. Cota of Sinaloa, Mexico stepped in to replace Harrison on three weeks notice.

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 Cota, who was a bit awkward, was open for the straight right hand down the middle from the opening bell. It took Charlo only a couple rounds to exploit the opening, but when he did it had devastating consequences for Cota.

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Charlo, who is from Houston, scored the first knock down with a looping right that caught Cota on the chin. He went down quickly, and got up slowly on wobbly legs. Nady asked him if he wanted to continue and he said yes. As soon as Nady cleared the space, Charlo pounced on Cota like a hungry lion. He landed the one-two with lightning speed. Cota went down and the fight was over, leaving Charlo satisfied with the victory, but in a holding pattern until he gets an opportunity to regain his world championship.

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by #1Assassin on 06-25-2019

people really talking **** over the quality of a late replacement? cota is a good fighter for a substitute. besides, charlo fought harrison, trout and lubin in his last three fights. would have fought harrison again had he not pulled…

Comment by Seps210 on 06-24-2019

Manager here from La taqueira Restaurant . grateful Cota is OK . we were concerned when he didnt show up to work on Sunday . He has been our most reliable dishwasher and we thought something bad happened to him…

Comment by hitmanjosh on 06-24-2019

I just no that game always recognize game, and believe this win or lose he respect Tony boxing abilities and that's why he's doing all his homework about him being KO'ed in sparing and what not. If he fights Tony…

Comment by SHO_RULEZ on 06-24-2019

Not as much macho intimidation histrionics from Cota here :lol1: I guess he was humbled by the Lubin KO, and his decision loss before this fight :lol1:.

Comment by Raimondo on 06-24-2019

ATG win for Charlo. Hard to beat Cota. Paulie Malignaggi may be next.

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