The Charlo doubleheader delivered! After brother Jermall defended his WBC middleweight title against a tough contender in Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Jermell Charlo unified his WBC light-middleweight title by beating the WBA (Super) and IBF light-middleweight champion, Jeison Rosario.
Charlo started the fight strong, landing good shots early and scoring a knockdown in the very first round. After being in control for most of the fight, Charlo landed a hook and a right hand at the end of the sixth round that knocked Rosario down.
This made Rosario a little more cautious in his approach in the next round. However, it did not matter as Charlo had already done his work on Rosario till then.
With a hard jab to the body in the eighth round, Jermell Charlo floored Rosario once again. The shot didn’t look like it hurt a lot, but it had done its job. Rosario was panting and gasping for air after that shot. He could not answer the count. The fight was over and Charlo became the unified 154-pound champion via eighth-round KO.
Many people, including the current WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, were left in bewilderment and awe of Charlo’s performance and finish.
The WBC lightweight champion David Haney appreciated the shot that put Rosario down.
UFC featherweight Sodiq Yusuff chimed in while joking about the jab to the body that finished the fight.
The WBO junior lightweight titleholder Jamel Herring was in awe of both the brothers and seemed to acknowledge their power.
Senior boxing writer Lance Pugmire tweeted, “Incredible body shot jab finishes Rosario….he was gasping and writhing for air while backed on canvas. It was indeed the Charlo doubleheader. Huge night for the twins, far and away bigger than the night they both won belts.”
Going by his reaction, combat sports analyst Luke Thomas was also amazed by how the fight ended.