Jermall Charlo Defends WBC Middleweight Title With Statement
One-Punch Knockout Of Dennis Hogan
Photos: Stephanie Trapp - SHOWTIME
Undefeated WBC Middleweight
World Champion Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) successfully
defended his title for the second time, stopping
highly-ranked Irish contender Dennis Hogan (28-3-1, 7 KOs)
with a showstopping one-punch knockout in the seventh round
Saturday night live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the
home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, in an event presented by Premier
Houston’s Charlo, one of the most exciting young champions
in the sport, delivered on his promise that he would close
the show in spectacular fashion after going the distance in
his previous two bouts. At :28 of round number seven, Charlo
set Hogan up by feinting on the jab before connecting on a
ferocious left hook to Hogan’s nose that sent him falling
against the ropes. The 34-year-old Hogan, who was moving up
after most recently challenging for the title at 154 pounds,
rose to his feet before the ten count, but referee Charlie
Fitch waived off the bout.
When Hogan was dropped in the seventh round, it was the
third time in his career that he had been down and the
second time during the fight. In the third round, a vicious
left uppercut from Charlo just 12 seconds into the frame
sent Hogan rolling backwards onto the canvas, but the
Irishman rose quickly and acrobatically to his feet.
Despite throwing far fewer punches, Charlo had the more
effective and efficient attack. Charlo landed 86 of the 266
punches he threw (32%) while Hogan landed just 71 of the 418
punches he threw (17%). Despite Hogan landing on 61 power
punches compared to 57 for Charlo, Hogan was unable to hurt
Charlo, while Charlo’s trademark power resulted in another
highlight reel stoppage.
“I made it through 2019 and we’re going to 2020 with 20/20
vision,” said Charlo in the ring following the fight. “Shout
out to Dennis Hogan for giving me real competition and for
coming up to fight me. Of course my power prevailed tonight.
“We’ve been working on that (the uppercut). I try to take
him out with every punch and we work hard for it. He got up
and he fought like a champion. Ronnie (Shields) told me to
cut him off. I just threw the shot and I made sure I threw
it right on the money.
“The middleweight division is wide open. I’m the WBC
Champion. I’m going to enjoy this and spend time with my
team. I’m here to fight whoever. You have to make the right
decisions and do it at the right time. That’s what it’s all
“I wanted to keep going but the decision was fair enough by
the referee,” said Hogan. “I didn't see the punch coming on
the second knockdown. I was trying to keep boxing him but
then all of a sudden I was on the ground and the fight was
“I'm looking forward to spending the Christmas holiday with
my family, taking a month off, and then we'll work on what's
next for me.”
In the co-featured bout, Chris Eubank Jr.’s (29-2, 22 KOs)
long-awaited United States debut ended in frustrating
fashion as his opponent, Matt Korobov (28-3-1, 14 KOs),
suffered a bout-ending injury at just :34 of the second
round. Because it was ruled a self-inflicted injury, the
result was officially declared a TKO victory for Eubank, who
picked up the Interim WBA Middleweight Title.
Korobov, a top contender in the middleweight division,
injured his left shoulder after throwing a punch that failed
to land. After consulting with the ringside doctor, it was
deemed that he would be unable to continue.
“I felt like I was about to get my swagger on,” Eubank told
SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray following the stoppage. “He just
turned around and stopped. I was going to go jump on him. I
guess something happened with his shoulder. There’s nothing
to take from the fight. I threw like three or four punches.
I was just warming up."
In the buildup to the fight, Eubank, the son of British
boxing legend and former two-division world champion Chris
Eubank Sr., repeatedly said that there would be a new
contender in the stacked middleweight division. Despite not
getting a chance to introduce himself to the American
audience in the way he envisioned, Eubank is looking ahead
to a busy 2020.
“I’m the winner, I’m going to move forward and challenger
for these belts," said Eubank. "This wasn’t my dream. My
dream was to come here to America and make a statement. Now
that I’ve landed and I settled with the new promotional
team, I feel I can get the ball rolling for an active 2020.
It’s a shame it had to start like this, but it is what it
"I was trying to throw the left hand straight, and I just
felt the muscle immediately, like I pulled it,” said Korobov.
“It was a lot of pain right away. I couldn't fight with just
one arm, especially being a southpaw."
In a battle of former world champions to open the telecast,
Japan’s Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 17 KOs) knocked out the
Philippines' Marlon Tapales (33-3, 16 KOs) with a
devastating straight left-hand at 1:09 of the 11th round.
With the win, Iwasa earned the vacant Interim IBF World
Junior Featherweight Title.
Iwasa, who held a six-and-a-half-inch reach advantage, was
more consistent throughout the entirety of the bout,
stringing together multi-punch combinations. The decisive
moment of the 12-round fight came in the penultimate round,
when Tapales was caught with a counter left-hand that
connected flush on his chin and put him sprawled on the
canvas. Tapales beat the count, rising after eight seconds,
but referee Shada Murdaugh waved the fight off.
At the time of the stoppage, Iwasa led on all three
scorecards (97-92, 95-94, 97-92). While Tapales was more
accurate throughout the night, Iwasa was busier and landed
163 total punches compared to 148 for Tapales and held a
125-99 advantage in power punches landed. In the third
round, Tapales was dropped to a knee after an accidental
clash of heads. The clash, which was incorrectly ruled a
knockdown, caused severe swelling under Tapales’ right eye
and swung a would-be 10-9 round in his favor to a 10-8 round
in Iwasa’s favor.
"I knew that I had him hurt in the 11th round and I was
ready for the finish if the referee had let him keep
fighting,” said the 29-year-old Iwasa. “It was a tough fight
but I trained really hard for this performance. My height
and reach was definitely an advantage. I was able to put my
punches together well. He never hurt me but he was still
difficult and I had to focus to figure him out.
"We're ready for anyone next. I'm going to keep working hard
to become a world champion again next year."
On Saturday’s telecast it was announced that former
two-division world champion Danny Garcia would return to the
ring on Saturday, January 25 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays
Center. During an interview with SHOWTIME Sports host Brian
Custer, Garcia discussed his anticipated return to the ring.
“January 25, I’m back at Barclays Center, my home away from
home,” Garcia said. “It’s a great atmosphere. Every time I’m
here, I get the jitters, so I just can’t wait to be back.
I’ve been in the gym for a month. I’m already ready. I don’t
know who my opponent is, but whoever they put in front of
me, I’m ready to get it on.
“First of all, thank God (Errol) Spence is doing good. I
hear that he’s recovering well. I was really looking forward
to fighting him but maybe he could be next after January 25.
Pac-Man (Manny Pacquiao) or Spence, that’s who we want. 2020
is going to be a big year for me.”
Prior to the telecast on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP
BOXING COUNTDOWN streamed live on the SHOWTIME Sports
YouTube channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and saw
Ronald Ellis (17-1-2, 11 KOs) win a majority decision over
Immanuwel Aleem (18-2-2, 11 KOs) in their 10-round super
The back and forth affair saw both men grab the momentum of
the fight at different points, but it was Ellis’ activity
and ability to box effectively from the outside that gave
him the edge. While one judge had the fight 95-95, he was
overruled by two scores of 98-92 and 97-93 for Ellis.
The opening streaming bout saw Louisa Hawton (10-2, 5 KOs)
retain her Interim WBC Atomweight Championship by unanimous
decision in an all-action rematch against Lorraine
Villalobos (4-3, 2 KOs).
Hawton came back after being dropped by a powerful left hook
from Villalobos in the sixth round. Hawton was saved by the
bell in the round and finished the fight strong, punctuating
the action getting the best of several exchanges in the late
rounds to win by the score of 95-94 on all three cards.