By Tré Berry III🖊️
Undefeated WBC Middleweight Titlist 🇺🇸Jermall “Hitman” Charlo (30-0-0, 22KO👊) and Irish Australian-based world contender 🇮🇪Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (28-3-1, 7KO👊) headlined the card that occupied the 🏟️Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY last night. There is where Charlo racked up the 30th victory of his career by dominating Hogan and securing a 7th round knockout, for what was Charlo’s second defense of the green strap.
What got Hogan to the point of contention for a Title going back earlier this year against 🇲🇽Jamie Munguia at Super-Welterweight was his unique craftiness, and unpredictable movement that allowed him to find spaces to keep you off-balanced and to tack on the points. He did some interesting things in the first round and a half against Charlo, however class started to show in favor of Jermall once he started to get his timing down. With Hogan staying on the back-foot for the majority of the fight, and without the threat of any legitimate knockout power, Charlo stalked in while sticking the jab out there, and anticipated every time that Hogan elected to deviate from his movement and lunge in to land a shot. Charlo recognized this and stared to rip in counter left hooks and uppercuts to pick him off in those instances, and he had many moments of success doing so. In the 4th round, Charlo caught him coming in with a perfect uppercut that drove Hogan back and down to the canvas, tumbling backwards upon impact. After going the distance in the last couple of fights, Jermall took it upon himself to try and close the show for his fans in attendance at Barclays, but he couldn’t quite secure it at that particular moment as Hogan survived the round.
Jermall Charlo has a unique inside repertoire where he’s able to chop down with his punches in a legal manner, where he can still get plenty of torque on his shots, and has a good degree of accuracy in landing those blows – those being straight downward hooks with both hands to the sides of his usually shorter opponents. The more the fight went on, the more Charlo was successful in connecting against Hogan with those type of shots. The 7th round, Charlo would essentially get what he was looking for, as he feinted with the jab and landed an elongated left hook and chopped down on impact to send Hogan down by the ropes. Hogan was visibly hurt as he got up, and after 🗣️Referee Charlie Fitch gave him a long look over and tested his cognitive conditioning, he decided it was apropos to waive the fight off. Charlo was in a jovial mood after the fight, basking in successfully getting the knockout victory. From this point on, he will have time to mull out his available options in the foreseeable future as he continues to look at the big picture.