By Tré Berry III🖊️
A year prior (364 days to be exact from their first encounter, and when their re-match is scheduled) WBC Super-Welterweight Titlist 🇺🇸Tony “Super Bad” Harrison (28-2-0, 21KO👊) and then-holder of the WBC Title 🇺🇸Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (32-1-0, 16KO👊) fought a spirited fight in front of a Barclays Center audience that pleased the fans in attendance, and also raised a few eyebrows…
With the fight going 12, it went to the scorecards, and most “including myself” were surprised that Harrison got the nod, thus the Title exchanging hands to the Detroit-based fighter. While that was a perplexing decision for many, regardless of who you felt won the bout, the fight itself was a quality one, and many of their individual skill components match up well to where we can expect much of the same in the re-match, as far as fight quality is concerned. This time they will travel to a different coast to meet at 🏟️Toyota Arena in Ontario, California, and both will undoubtedly be more fired up this time after developing a bit of a rivalry that travels outside of the ropes.
Personal feelings about the fight verdict aside, I felt that Harrison fought very well, and finally put all the components of his arsenal together to deliver his best performance, as he had been a mystery up to that point, showing flashes of high-end skills throughout the years, without the discipline or the consistency to harness it properly. Charlo was obviously disappointed by the verdict, and even though he felt he won the contest, it adversely affected him to not get the decision in his favor – which is a customary, yet not spoken much of construct when assessing the components of a re-match (similar to how 🇳🇮Chocolatito Gonzalez internalized the chronicles surrounding the 1st 🇹🇭Srisaket Sor Rungvisai fight and it affecting his mental state). Charlo has been on record in stating that before he signed up for the re-match against Tony, that he studied the 1st fight and made some tactical skill adjustments so that he can better equip himself to try and put forth a more convincing performance, also adding that he developed a couple new skills tailor-made for what Harrison brings to the table – we will have to see what it is he is referring to on Saturday.
In the lead-up to the 2nd contest between the two, Harrison has been resorting to juvenile (but very effective) methods in getting to Charlo’s mind-state & attacking his mental frame, as he adequately believes that Jermell Charlo is a hothead, who tends to lose his focus whenever he gets angry. There may be some credence to that theory, as both the Charlo twins (Jermell in particular) have somewhat taken up the role of being “The Grinches of boxing”, so Harrison is looking to further win the mental warfare before the fight takes place, with expectations of it spilling over to the ring. We will see what ultimately comes of it all, and we will get to see it on Saturday, December 21st, live on 📺FOX-PBC.