Jermall Charlo retains world title with KO against Williams
December 10, 2016
LOS ANGELES - In spectacular knockout fashion, Houston, Texas' Jermall Charlo retained his IBF super-welterweight title by defeating Julian Williams from the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California.
Both fighters were seemingly feeling each other out at the onset of the bout, but Charlo, 26, was able to strike first by landing a solid left hand that sent Williams to the canvas. Williams (22-1-1, 14 KOs) was able to recover well from the knockdown and connected with some good shots that vibrated the arena.
The following three rounds were back and forth action in a fight that delivered on the world title stage. Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) attained another knockdown in the fifth round that left Williams on jello legs. Williams, who is from Philadelphia, displayed warrior spirit and rose to his feet before the referee's ten count. However, Charlo stepped on the gas and was able to secure another knockdown that ultimately gave him the victory.
The Los Angeles crowd was not behind Charlo and made it known even after the bout. The arena fans boo'ed so loudly that Showtime's Jim Gray (who was conducting the post-fight interview) got noticeably agitated and asked the crowd to calm down. This only fueled the fire as the noise became louder towards Charlo.
The undefeated Charlo made it known (and so did his brother Jermell, who also holds a world title at 154) that he wants Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez next, even going as far as referring to him as "cinnamon". Alvarez currently holds the WBO super-welterweight title and is the biggest box office star in the sport.
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