At the Toyota Arena Saturday in Ontario, California, over PBC, FS1 and FOX promoted by TB Promotion, Lion’s Only and Brooklyn Boxing was the long awaited rematch between WBC World Super Welterweight Champion Tony “Super Bad” Harrison losing to former WBC Champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo, almost a year to the day since their first meeting.
WBC World Super Welterweight champion Tony “Super Bad” Harrison, 28-3 (21), #153 1/2, of Detroit, MI, lost in the rematch by stoppage to former WBC Champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo, 33-1 (17), #152 1/2, out of Houston, TX, at 2:28 of the 11th round of a scheduled 12 rounds.
In the first round after “all the talking” Charlo throws left hooks missing while Harrison used his jab to keep Charlo off balance. Harrison easily won the round. In the second round Harrison kept Charlo away with his jab landing a good right to the chin halfway thru the round. Near the final minute of the round Charlo finally landed a solid punch hurting Harrison who held on. In the final twenty seconds a Charlo left on the chin dropped Harrison on the seat of his trunks for the 8-count of referee Jack Reiss.
In the third round Charlo went on the attack landing a double left uppercut on the chin of Harrison. Charlo is backing up throwing wild punches. Harrison landed a right while his own mouthpiece fell out. When referee Reiss finally stopped the action he picked up the mouthpiece putting it back in the mouth of Harrison instead of taking it to the corner to be washed off.
In the fourth in the final minute of the round Charlo was landing hard punches to the body with both hands. In the final thirty seconds Harrison came fighting back. In the fifth round Harrison stalked Charlo finally catching up to him a little over a minute left in the round landing well to the head. Charlo came back in the final thirty seconds of the round with Harrison landing a combination just prior to the bell.
In the sixth round Harrison came forward using a good jab. Charlo was throwing punches with “bad intentions!” It was a close round. In the seventh round Harrison continued to stalk but threw little punches while Charlo was digging into the body. Charlo won the round going away.
In the eighth round it was Charlo stalking Harrison landing well to the body. Harrison got in one good right to the chin during the round. Another good round by Charlo with Harrison trying to steal it with a combination at the bell. In the ninth round Charlo continues backing up landing power punches when he stops. Harrison is using his jab with occasional body shots following with a right to the chin.
In the tenth round Harrison landed well with the jab as Charlo kept swinging away mostly to the body as Harrison showboated. Harrison took the final minute possibly pulling out the round.
In the eleventh round both landed left hooks with Harrison hitting the canvas while Charlo is celebrating jumping up on the ropes. Harrison got up with Charlo realizing it wasn’t over. Charlo jumped all over him landing several solid punches while several went off the gloves with Harrison when the referee Jack Reiss halted the fight to the protest of Harrison who can blame himself for not fighting back.
All three judges had Charlo ahead at the end. This writer had it 96-93 for Charlo after 10 rounds.
“I thought the fight was over with the knockdown. I wanted to go home for Christmas with my family,” said Charlo. “Tonight he was the better man,” said Harrison.
The co-feature 2016 Olympian 6:06 Nigerian Heavyweight Efe “The One and Only” Ajagba, 12-0 (10), #237 3/4, out of Stafford, TX, came off the canvas to stop Georgian Iago Kiladze, 26-5-1 (18), #230 1/2, out of L.A., CA, with several knockdowns at ? of the fifth of a scheduled 10 rounds.
In the first round near the end of the first minute of the round Ajagba landed a solid right cross to the chin rocking Kiladaze who fought back immediately though his rights are falling short to the much taller opponent until the final fifteen seconds when he scored with one on the chin of Ajagba.
In the second round Kiladaze landed lead rights to the chin of Ajagba on several occasions. Halfway thru the round Ajagba hurt Kiladaze to the chin. In the final twenty seconds again Ajagba hurt Kiladaze bad punching between the guard with a right on the chin dropping Kiladaze for an 8-count by referee Thomas Taylor. He managed to get to the bell. In between rounds the ring physician check on Kiladaze.
In the third round Ajagba stalked Kiladaze hurting him with a right cross to the chin driving Kiladaze back wobbling. Ajagba didn’t go in for the finish for several seconds then came in for the finish and got caught with a Kiladaze right on the chin and down he went up at six from referee Taylor. He managed to fight back to the bell.
In the fourth round Ajagba went back to using his reach controlling the round for the most part with his jab. In the fifth round Ajagba dropped Kiladaze with a hard right. He beat the count of referee Taylor at 8. Upon rising he fought back but got hurt again with a right causing Kiladaze’s corner to call for a halt. This writer had it 37-37 after 4 rounds.
2016 Olympian Lightweight “King” Karlos Balderas, 9-1 (8), #132, out of Santa Maria, CA, was stopped by “El Bravo” Rene Tellez Giron, 14-1 (8), #132, out of Queretaro, MEX, at 2:59 of the sixth round of a scheduled 8 rounds.
In the first round the taller Balderas with left to his side got hit several times with a left hook from Giron on the chin. Giron kept the pressure on until the halfway point when Balderas landed a solid right to the head. The round was very close.
In the second round fighting mostly in the middle of the ring both fighters were scoring well. Balderas seemed to have an edge. In the third round the action continued until a minute left when Giron landed a solid left hook on the chin. In the final fifteen seconds a left hook from Giron on the chin dropped Balderas. Upon rising at nine referee Ray Corona asked him to come forward and he fell back into the corner but Corona allowed it to go on as the bell ended the round.
In the fourth round Balderas came out boxing before landing a low blow hurting Giron when referee Corona warned Balderas giving Giron half a minute to re-coup. The rest of the round was close. In the fifth round Booth had their moments with Giron scoring left hooks and Balderas rights following jabs.
In the sixth round after thirty seconds was a clash of heads. Both fighters scored well up until the final seconds when Giron landed a hard left hook to the chin of Balderas dropping him. He again waited until nine from a sitting position but pushed up with his gloves still on the canvas caused referee Corona to wave it off. This writer had it 47-47 after 5 rounds.
Southpaw WBA No. 10 ranked Featherweight Jhack “El Kapitan” Tepora, 23-1 (17), #126 1/2, out of Cebu City, PH, was upset by knockout by former world title challenger Oscar “El Guerrero” Escandon, 26-5 (18), of Ibague, COL, and out of Gilroy, CA, at 1:30 of the first round.
In the first round Escandon jumped on Tepora with a flurry of punches ending with a left hook to the ribs and down for the count on his knees was Tepora counted out by referee Jack Reiss.
Headlining over FS1 WBC No. 11 ranked Middleweight Hugo, Centeno, Jr., 27-3 (14), #163 1/2, of Oxnard, CA, ended in a split draw with Juan Macias Montiel, 21-4-1 (21), #?, out of ?, over 10 good rounds.
In the first round Centeno dominated moving and scoring with his jab. In the second round Montiel landed a solid left hook to the jaw of Centeno with thirty seconds left in the round that had Centeno on rubbery legs holding on until the bell.
In the third round halfway thru the round Montiel rocked Centeno with a lead left from the southpaw stance only to get countered by a right to the chin. Centeno fought most of the round southpaw using an effective jab. In the fourth round Centeno used a right after a jab to the chin of Montiel. He moved well out landing Montiel.
In the fifth round Montiel continued having trouble cutting off the ring. When he does he gets the best of Centeno. In the final thirty seconds Montiel lands punch after punch hurting Centeno. In the sixth round Centeno went back to using his jab landing a double right to the chin, until a right uppercut from Montiel on the jaw rocked him. Centeno went back to boxing the rest of the round.
In the seventh round Centeno continued moving using the jab. When he did get hit he shook his head to say “didn’t hurt!” Montiel just couldn’t catch uip to him. In the eighth round Montiel had Centeno against the ropes scoring well. Centeno finally got off the ropes while Montiel walked into a right getting cut on the end of his right eyebrow halfway thru the round but still kept coming forward. The final punch of the round was a left hook from Centeno on the chin of Montiel.
In the ninth round while moving Centeno would stop and score punches to the chin of Montiel and more than several occasions. In the tenth and final round Centeno moved jabbing then stopped and scored with a right on the chin making Montiel ackowledged it was a good punch. In the final thirty seconds Centeno ducked into an uppercut on the chin and was hurt and held on until the bell with Montiel pulling out the round. Referee Thomas Taylor had an easy fight to work.
Scores were 97-93 Centeno, 96-94 Montiel and 95-95 with this writer having it 97-93 Centeno.
In the opening bout Super Welterweight prospect 19 year-old southpaw Raymond Guajardo, 5-0 (4), out of San Antonio, TX, #157, knocked out Donnis Reed, 3-5 (2), #154 1/2, out of Lemon Grove, CA, at 1:40 of a scheduled 4 rounds.
In the first round a right hook and left hook from Guajardo knocked out Donnis Reed.