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
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
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
In the second round, he dropped Kiladze with right hand and
the end seemed near as Kiladze barely made it to the end
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Andre Dirrell KO5 Juan Ubaldo Cabrera -Super Middleweights
Justin Cardona UD Archie Weah- Super Lightweights
Eimantas Stanionis TKO3 Julio Cesar Sanchez- Welterweights