By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions
In a rematch, Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) avenged his loss to WBC super welterweight champion Tony “Super Bad” Harrison (28-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California. Charlo knocked down Harrison in the second round with a left hook but Harrison not only survived the knockdown but made it a real battle for the rest of the fight. The end came when Charlo knocked down Harrison twice in round eleven and got the stoppage with his follow-up barrage.
Harrison, more often than not, controlled the center of the ring and was doing great work to the body while Charlo was headhunting.
The fight was all about ebbs and flows with each fighter trying to figure out how to beat gain an advantage. Some rounds were fought in a phone booth while other rounds were fought at a distance.
Harrison not only erased the deficit from the early knockdown but was arguably ahead through ten rounds. Whether it was for that reason or another, Charlo came out on fire in the eleventh round and with each fighter landing a left hook, Charlo’s was the more damaging and floored Harrison and badly hurt him. Harrison would get up but was still visibly hurt. Charlo would land another hard left hook to drop Harrison for the second time in the eleventh round but Harrison was able to make it to his feet again. With Harrison taking heavy punishment, offering nothing in return and trapped on the ropes, referee Jack Reiss called an end to the bout at 2:28 of the eleventh round.
Charlo regains his WBC super welterweight title with a dramatic and emphatic victory over Harrison. With Hurd and Munguia no longer a part of the division, a fight with WBA/IBF super welterweight champ, Julian “J Rock” Williams, looks like a fight that must happen in 2020 especially with Charlo’s brother Jermall already having handed Williams his only loss in a 2016 title bout.