At Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Lions Promotions over Showtime Saturday night, WBC World Middleweight champion Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo defended his title against Irelands No. 5 ranked Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan, of Queensland, Australia.
In the Main Event WBC World Middleweight champion Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo, 30-0 (22), #159 3/4, out of Houston, TX, stopped No.5 ranked Ireland’s Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan, 28-3-1 (7), #158 1/2, of Queensland, Australia, at 0:28 of the seventh round.
In the first round it was Hogan outworking Charlo. In the second round Charlo landed a hard right to the rib cage of Hogan knocking him sideways. In the third round Hogan lands punches from all angles. In the fourth round a left uppercut on the chin by Charlo dropped him for the 8-count by referee Charley Fitch. Charlo went in for the finish but Hogan moves land overhand rights.
In the fifth round Charlo was landing some good left hooks to body and head of Hogan. In the sixth round Hogan landed a left hook to the chin of Charlo knocking him off balance.
In the seventh round a Charlo left hook on the chin of Hogan dropped him for an 8-count. He got up but was not steady on his feet. A replay showed Charlo stepped on the foot of Hogan prior to the punch though not noticed by commentators.
“First I want to thank God for this opportunity.
Two former world champions in southpaw Marlon “Maranding Nightmare” Tapales, 33-3 (16), #121 1/2, of Kapatagan, PH, was stopped by southpaw Ryosuke Iwasa, 27-3 (17), #121 1/2, out of Chiba, Japan, for interim IBF World Junior Featherweight title at 1:09 of the eleventh round.
In the first round of a pair of southpaws the taller Iwasa used a jab while Tapales was forcing the action. In the second round Tapales continues swinging wildly while Iwasa uses his jab. In the third round Iwasa missed with a lead left but landed a follow-up right hook on the chin of Tapales. Tapales knee touched the canvas for a knockdown though he felt it was from a clash of heads which the replay showed he was right.
In the fifth round Tapales landing punches from everywhere though from the clash of heads he has a lump on the right side of his head. In the sixth and seventh round Iwasa used his right hooks to the body though the swelling is bothering Tapales. In the eighth round a minute from the start Tapales landed a pair of right hooks to the head of Iwasa.
In the tenth round both had their moments with Tapales having a slight edge. In the eleventh round a right hook from Iwasa dropped Tapales. Up after a count of eight. The referee asked him to come forward and he put his gloves up and the ref prematurely called a halt.
IBO World Super Middleweight champion Chris Eubank, Jr., 29-2 (22), #159, out of Brighton, Sussex, UK, WTKO due to injury in the second round due to shoulder of Russian southpaw Mat Korobov, 28-3-1 (14), for interim WBC title.
In the first round Korobov rocked Eubank with a straight left on the chin knocking him off balance. Shortly later a pair of lefts on the chin by Korobov. In the second round Korobov stopped fighting due to an injured left shoulder.