Results: The Charlo brother's make history, Lara wins unanimously over Martirosyan
By Joseph Correa
Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) took on John Jackson (20-3, 15 KOs) in the opening televised bout on a stacked card which featured 5 of the top 10 junior middleweights in the world.
Charlo looked sluggish and confused as Jackson came in with a strategy to box rather than bang and gave Jermell plenty of problems through the first 7 round winning 6 of those round according to the official ringside judges.
The 8th round saw Charlo landing a combination which was punctuated with a right that landed on the temple of Jackson which had him visibly hurt and left him stumbling backward into the ropes where he finished off the job prompting referee Tony Weeks to step in and stop the contest.
At the time of the stoppage, Jackson was ahead on all scorecards 69-64 and looked to be in control of the fight.
With the win, Jermell Charlo enters the history books as he and his brother Jermall become the first set of twins to hold major world titles in the same division at the same time.
In the second fight of the night, Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) imposed his size and strength on the veteran Austin Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) to retain his IBF title and set up a possible showdown with fellow junior middleweight Julian Williams. Trout came on late in the fight landing several straight lefts and utilizing his experience in the late rounds to close the gap. It was too little too late however as all three judges scored the fight in favor of Jermall Charlo with scores of 115-113, and 116-112 x 2.
In the main event, Erislandy Lara 23-2-2, 13 KOs) defeated Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) via unanimous decision in a rematch of their controversial draw which took place in 2012. Both men came in with a purpose and came out sharp.
Round 3 saw both men's heads coming together causing Lara to suffer a small hematoma on his forehead causing some concern but it never became a factor as the Cuban landed laser left hands all night. Martirosyan landed some hard left hooks to the body throughout the fight but could not do enough to foil Lara's gameplan. Round 11 saw a point being deducted from Martirosyan for low blows and this sealed the deal for Lara. The judges scorecards read 115-113 and 116-11 x 2 for Erislandy Lara.
After the fight, Lara was asked who he would like to fight and his response "Canelo". It's highly unlikely that Golden Boy will make that fight happen but it would certainly be interesting.
Feature photo: Showtime Sports