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  Charlo Overcomes Harrison To Regain His Title

By Dave Wilcox

Ontario, CA. - Premier Boxing Champions brought their show on the road to The Toyota Arena in Ontario, California for the intriguing return bout between Champion, Tony Harrison and the former titlist, Jermell Charlo. In their first bout, Harrison lifted the belt from Charlo with a close and controversial decision win over Charlo. The build up to rematch was quite entertaining as the two men were emotional and vocal as it related to their opinions of each other.

On Saturday night, the talking stopped and fighting began with the prize being the WBC World Super Welterweight championship of the world.

The first round showed us a smooth and calculated Harrison and a Jermell Charlo who appeared the more active man, but also seemed to be pressing.

Early in round two, Charlo stunned the Champion, but Harrison was unfazed and got right back to work until Charlo landed a nice left hand late in the round to put Harrison on the seat of his pants. The Champ was fine and the fight would go on.

In the third round it started to become apparent that Tony Harrison was seizing control of the contest. His demeanor was calm and collected, while Charlo seemed to get more desperate and wild.

Harrison was not throwing as many punches as the former champ, but he was boxing a beautiful game plan and not wasting any energy, while on the other hand, Charlo seemed to lose a lot of zip on his shots in the sixth and seventh round and appeared to be getting desperate.

Rounds eight and nine showed a slower pace and as we looked to the championship rounds, business began to pick up.

In round ten, Harrison seemed to slow, as Charlo appeared to have a second wind and things were looking up for the former champion.

As we got going in the eleventh round, lighting stuck for Charlo with a left hook that staggered and dropped Harrison. The Champion would get up, but his night and Championship reign was soon to be over.

Charlo landed three hard left hooks, followed by a right hand that dropped Harrison like a bad habit and it appeared to everyone, including Charlo that he wouldn’t get up. As it turned out as Charlo celebrated, referee, Jack Reiss was giving the count to a risen Harrison and the fight would continue, but not for long.

Quickly after, with Harrison’s back to the ropes, a flurry of shots prompted Reiss to wave it off at 2:28 of round eleven, for the winner and once again WBC champion of the world, Jermell Charlo.

Although his performance was not perfect, Charlo showed great heart and determination by coming on late to get the win after being out boxed throughout the fight.

“I got the belt back and I didn’t leave it up to the judges”, said Charlo.

Tony Harrison wasn’t quite as happy with the decision of stopping the fight, but showed class as he was interviewed after losing his belt.

“Jack is a championship referee. I started getting a little lax and got caught. He earned it. I hate it, but he earned it. The game plan was to do a little boxing. But taking a year off, my body wasn’t used to it. He earned it and no excuses. I got caught slipping. I never trade offense for defense, he caught me in between. I feel like I let us down, I let me down. It’s one and one. Back to the drawing board.”

In the end, it was a fun promotion and very nice championship rematch.

Jermell Charlo improves his record to 33-1 with 17 KOs, and Tony Harrison drops to 28-3 with 21 KOs.

In the co main event, the big guys were on the clock as up and coming Heavyweight prospect, Efe Ajagba brought his undefeated record to Ontario to take on Iago Kiladze in a scheduled ten round bout.

The first round started as expected with Ajagba controlling things.

In the second round, he dropped Kiladze with right hand and the end seemed near as Kiladze barely made it to the end round two.

It was more of the same in round three and when Ajagba almost dropped his opponent yet again, he went in for the kill, but then a funny thing happened on the way to the circus.

Just when it looked like the end was near for Kiladze, the Sachkere, Georgia resident landed a right hand to the jaw of Ajagba and put the Nigerian down. He would get up and the fun continued.

Ajagba seized back control in the fourth round and Kiladze looked like he would fall if the wind blew a little harder, but he also looked as if he could land a shot while falling and hurt Ajagba.

In the fifth round a huge right hand by Ajagba dropped Kiladze again, but he was able to get to his feet one last time and the fight continued.

Finally, and mercifully at 2:09 of round five, the corner of Kiladze “threw the damn towel” and Efe Ajagba was winner by knockout.

Efe Ajagba improves his record to 12-0 with 10 KOs and Iago Kiladze lives to fight another day at 26-5-1 with 18 KOs.

In a lightweight bout scheduled for eight rounds, young and talented prospect, Karlos Balderas of Santa Maria, CA. looked to continue to build his resume against the tough Rene Tellez Giron of Queretaro, Mexico.

Through two rounds it appeared that Balderas would do just that as he looked sharp with his piston like jabs and right hands.

Than as they were getting towards the end of round three, Giron landed a perfect left hook that dropped the youngster. Balderas returned to his feet and referee Ray Corona gave him the benefit of the doubt and let the bout continue.

Rounds five and six were more of the same and then finally in round six another hard left landed and that would be the end of Balderas and his undefeated record.

Corona halted the bout at 2:59 of round six.

Karlos Balderas falls to 9-1 with 8KOs and Rene Tellez Giron improved his mark to 14-1 with 8 KOs.

FS1TV Results

In a 10 round Middleweight affair, Hugo Centeno, Jr (27-3-1, 14 KOs) battled to a 10 round draw with the hardnosed, Juan Macias Montiel (21-4-1, 21KOs).

The scores came in at 97-93 Centeno, 96-94 Montiel and 95-95.

The writer had it scored 96-94 in favor of Centeno

In another Middleweight attraction Petr Khamukov (5-0, 2 KOs) won by KO over Maceo Crowder (2-4, 1KO) when Crowder did not come out of his corner for the start of round three.

Featherweights scheduled for ten rounds were next up as Jhack Tepora (2301, 17 KOs) was in against the tough veteran, Oscar Escandon. (26-5, 18KOs)

This one however would end suddenly in the second round as Escandon stunned Tepora with a perfect left hook to the body. Tepora and the fight were done. Referee Jack Reiss counted out Tepora at 1:30 of round number two.

In another Featherweight bout scheduled for four rounds, Raymond Guajardo (5-0, 4 KOs) landed a right hook followed by a left hook on the way down to the jaw of Donnis Reed (3-5, 2KOs) and came away with the knockout victory at 1:40 of the first round.

Non-Televised Results

Andre Dirrell KO5 Juan Ubaldo Cabrera -Super Middleweights

Justin Cardona UD Archie Weah- Super Lightweights

Eimantas Stanionis TKO3 Julio Cesar Sanchez- Welterweights

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