Charlo vs. Hogan: The Lion Roars
To Victory At The Barclay’s Center
By Iberedem Ekure
Photos: "Sugar" Ray Bailey
In what ended up being overshadowed by the Joshua vs Ruiz
mega fight in Saudi Arabia, the undefeated Charlo brother,
WBC Middleweight Champion Jermall, defended his title
against Dennis Hogan on December 7. It was an exciting night
of five bouts with three ending via stoppage. The main event
saw Charlo look to close his 2019 campaign by hitting 30
victories while Dennis Hogan in his second title fight
looked to write his name in gold.
The first round began with Hogan circling the ring while
Charlo looked to establish the jab. Hogan worked his way in
and landed a left hook and a few body shots during the
ensuing clinch. Hogan landed another left hook as Charlo
struggled to land the jab. Charlo landed a right hand a few
seconds before the bell.
Charlo had more luck with his range in round 2, catching
Hogan with a 1-2 combo and finding Hogan with his jab. Hogan
sensed trouble and began going to the body and throwing
haymakers without success. Charlo landed another combination
that excited the crowd. He looked dominant in the center of
the ring and looked the more composed fighter.
Hogan came out for round 3 moving around effectively and
making Charlo miss. Charlo landed a jab that seemed to
unsteady Hogan. A double jab followed from Charlo and then a
3-punch combo. It was all Charlo until a couple of strong
jabs landed for Hogan at the end of the round.
The excitement level went up a notch in round 4 when Charlo
landed a left uppercut and Hogan tumbled over acrobatically
on the canvass. He made the count but Charlo stalked him the
rest of the round, landing a few right hands. Hogan’s
footwork served him well and he survived the round
Charlo looked to end the fight quickly in round 5. He came
out throwing sweeping left hooks, one of which landed to the
crowd's approval. Charlo landed 3 right hands in quick
succession, but Hogan didn’t succumb to pressure and sees
out the round.
Both men went back to trying to establish the jab in round 6
and Hogan landed a left hook counter on Charlo that
staggered the champion. Charlo went on the offensive looking
for a big punch and found Hogan with a right hand. Charlo
continued to put in a dominant performance.
Charlo caught Hogan early in round 7 with a left hook on the
chin as Hogan backed away. The punch put the challenger on
the canvas again. Hogan got up at 10 but couldn't walk
steadily towards the referee and the fight was over. Charlo
defended his title, getting the 30-0 record via knockout.
In the undercard, Chris Eubank Jr. made his US debut against
Russian Matt Korobov for the WBA interim middleweight title.
He entered the ring to Dr Dre's "Still Dre" as his father
Chris Eubank senior sat at ringside.
Round 1 began with Eubank on the attack and Korobov
counterpunching effectively landing a right hand. Korobov
landed a double left hook before the end of the round and
looked to have the advantage early.
In the second round, Korobov landed a left hook early but
30seconds into the round, he complained about pain in his
left shoulder and the referee halted time for medical
attention. Korobov could not continue and Eubank Jr. won via
TKO. Not the outcome anyone was hoping for and Eubank will
have to wait till 2020 to show the American fans what he can
do in the ring.
The second undercard saw Marlon Tapales take on Kiyosuke
Iwasa for the interim IBF Super Bantamweight title.
It was a very tentative first round with both men feeling
each other out. Tapales tried to get inside and land power
punches but Iwasa used his jab and reach advantage to
maintain his distance. Both men landed a few jabs through
Tapales opened round 2 with overhand lefts and rights with
some success and continued to close the gap with looping
right and left hands through the round. Iwasa stuck to his
game plan of working behind the jab.
In round 3, both men exchanged in close quarters and Iwasa
scored a knockdown as Tapales' knee momentarily touched the
canvas after what seemed like a collision of heads. Classic
southpaw vs orthodox collision Iwasa looked to return to
establishing the jab in round 4 and maintaining distance,
knowing he would be ahead on the scorecards with the
knockdown while Tapales worked his way in with hooks to
Tapales opened the fifth strong, landing a few power
punches. He displayed great defense ducking and weaving
Iwasa's attacks while landing counters. Great round for
Both men came out swinging for the 7th but landing little.
Iwasa landed a couple of combinations but some in the
auditorium start to boo the continued misses. Both men
needed to pick up the pace.
Iwasa took the fight to Tapales in the 8th, landing jabs,
hooks and body shots. Tapales backed away most of the round
and Iwasa continued to press.
In the 9th round, Tapales landed two sweeping left hooks and
Iwasa responded with combinations to the head and body,
backing Tapales against the ropes a couple of times. Good
action by both men.
Round 10 saw Tapales moving actively and lunging in with
hooks. He had some success in close proximity once he closed
the distance and is did a good job of weaving Iwasa's
punches. Both men fought in close range; Tapales landed a
powerful right hand and Iwasa connected with a 4-punch combo
but got countered with a hard, right hand. Tapales landed a
couple more right hands through the round.
In round 11, both men exchanged in the center of the ring
and Iwasa used his jab to push Tapales towards the ropes. He
then landed a huge left hook that sent Tapales to the
canvas. Tapales got up for the 10 count but was unstable on
his feet and the referee called the fight 1:09 into round
11. Iwasa became the IBF Super Bantamweight champion.
There were two other fights earlier in the night, the second
of which saw middleweights Immanuwel Aleem and Ronald Ellis
In round 1 Aleem was active on the outside jabbing to the
head and body. Ellis had his guard up, content with blocking
and looking for a clear opening. Aleem landed a few jabs and
flurries to the body. In the last 20secs Ellis picked up the
pace and landed a couple of punches. Good round for Aleem.
2nd round started much like the first but Aleem was less
mobile. Aleem landed a good counter left hook when Ellis
came in with the right hand. Ellis landed a right-left combo
to the body near the end of the round and also landed a
right hand upstairs.
Ellis was growing in confidence in the third, throwing
combinations and landing. Aleem was not offering much in the
way of offense. With a minute to go, Ellis caught Aleem with
a good right hand and followed up with combinations to the
body. Ellis backed Aleem up against the ropes and landed a
Aleem came out swinging for the fourth, unloading a flashy
12-punch combo that got the crowd excited. Ellis soon
regained the momentum and stalked Aleem around the ring
landing jabs. Aleem found some success throwing leaping left
hooks toward the end of the round. It is a close fight.
A Quadruple jab combo from Ellis landed to open round 5.
Ellis landed a few combinations to the head and body and
Aleem missed with his counters. Aleem caught Ellis with a
couple of hooks when in close but Ellis was moving well and
Aleem comes out as the aggressor in round 6 and backed Ellis
against the ropes but Ellis turned him and resumed his
dominating performance. In the last 30seconds Aleem landed a
few counterpunches but he looked fatigued and Ellis closed
Round 7 was fought in close quarters with Ellis landing to
the body. Both fighters exchanged punishing blows but Ellis
was getting the better of Aleem, even finding some time for
Round 8, Aleem needed something special in the next few
rounds to win and he went on the offense. Ellis looked
comfortable blocking and counterpunching. Both men exchange
hooks in the center of the ring before the bell.
In round 9, Aleem again went looking for Ellis. He looked
sharper and landed body shots. Aleem missed with a wild left
swing and got caught with a 3-punch counter. Ellis seized
the momentum and landed a few combinations. A frustrated
Aleem missed with a haymaker counter.
The 10th and final round saw Aleem try to salvage the fight
but Ellis counterpunched brilliantly. Aleem got Ellis
against the ropes and worked the body mid-round. Both men
exchanged blows into the end of the fight.
We went to the scorecards and the judges had it 95-95, 97-93
and 98-92 for Ronald Ellis via majority decision.
The first fight of the night saw Louisa Hawton defend her
WBO world junior flyweight title against Lorraine
The early rounds of the fight saw Hawton using her reach and
chasing Villalobos around the ring with the jab while
Villalobos backed away most of the time, successfully
landing the left hook on multiple occasions when Hawton was
in range. Momentum shifted back and forth between the
fighters in the first 4 rounds.
By round 5, Hawton had found her range and was starting to
look dominant. Villalobos found joy with the left hand to
the head and body but started to fade towards the end of the
round. Hawton trapped Villalobos in a corner and unloaded a
series of left hooks and body shots.
Hawton continued to stalk Villalobos from corner to corner
in round 6 but walked into a perfectly timed left hook and
Villalobos scored a knockdown.
In round 7, Hawton was unfazed and continued to back
Villalobos up. Villalobos seemed fatigued and went looking
for the big left hook again but was getting punished with
jabs and body shots.
Hawton again took control in round 8, pressuring Villalobos
who began throwing that left hook with reckless abandon.
Good exchange against the ropes at the end of the round.
Both fighters exchanged more evenly in round 9 with
Villalobos using the jab more with success. It was a close
fight and both fighters were going for it.
Villalobos landed a left and right hook combo in round 10
but soon, Hawton resumed stalking and jabbing Villalobos who
clinched effectively. Hawton caught Villalobos in a corner
and landed a few body shots. Villalobos got Hawton against
the ropes in the last 10 seconds but it may have been too
little, too late.
The fight went to the scorecards and all 3 judges scored it
95-94 for Hawton as she retained her title.