By Miguel Maravilla
Newly re-crowned WBC super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo (33-1, 16 KOs) of Houston avenged his loss to Tony “Superbad” Harrison (28-3, 21 KOs) to regain the green bout by eleventh round TKO at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California. Charlo dropped Harrison three times in the bout.
“Tony had a plan and stuck to it. He fought a tough fight. I knew I had to step it up. Tony threw some solid shots. It was tough. I had a lot to prove,” Charlo said at the post-fight presser.
The scorecards at the time of the stoppage were 96-93, 96-93 for Charlo and 95-94 for Harrison.
“I was just in there. I felt he got a few rounds, he did have some good rounds,” Charlo said. “The all around goal was to score the knockout…there is a great possibility for me to fight a unification in the 154-pound division. I’m steering the wheel.”
“If we do a third one, it should be pay-per-view.”
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Harrison stated, “He hooked, I hooked and I got caught. I wanted this one. He earned it.”
“Nothing was more important for me than to win the fight. He fought his heart out. I felt I was doing well and breaking his will. I made him fight off his back foot. I pushed forward. The guy earned it. I’ll be back.”
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