By Tré Berry III | 09/27/2020
You wanted a true Champion of the division? well you got one, as Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (34-1-0, 18KO) fulfilled his dream to pick up the RING World Title, as well as pairing the WBA and IBF belts previously held by Jeison “Banana” Rosario (20-2-1, 14KO) with his WBC title, doing so by knocking Rosario out in the eighth round.
Early on, Jermell made the presence of his power felt as he was able to clip Rosario to the top of the temple with a looping left hook that took away Rosario’s coordination, with him awkwardly crashing into the ropes and hitting the canvas. Rosario got up to beat the ⌚count, and went back to work. Charlo remained composed and understood that it was a knockdown more of flash variety, so he stuck to establishing the jab, and getting a gauge of Rosario’s tendencies, and timing instead of directly coming after him.
For much of the fight, Rosario took on the role as the aggressor, while Charlo relied on his savvy and timing, looking to counterpunch with the left hook, and the right cross. Rosario did most of the work in terms of punch output, however Charlo was making the most with his select punches, getting the attention of the Dominican fighter with some well timed shots. Rosario periodically landed solid hooks upstairs, but not much would follow throughout the bout in terms of combination punching – Was more of one-and-done sequences, then resetting for the next exchange.
By round 4, Rosario started to find home more with the left hook under Charlo’s right elbow, sneaking it in under Jermell’s high defensive guard. Spurts within the fight showcased Jeison’s underrated 🧠boxing IQ, setting up a few traps and getting the right hand to split the guard upstairs. Though Rosario is vaunted for his power, it seemed by this point that Charlo had the advantage in both power and speed, but didn’t rely on those tools initially (though he did later), instead he was 🌿planting seeds, to look for the big shot when it would present itself later on.
At the end of the 6th round, Charlo landed a massive left hook and right hand at the bell to drop Rosario to his knees. He beat the count administered by Referee 🕴🏿Harvey Dock, and made it out the round. By round 7, you started to see Rosario becoming visibly frustrated due to Charlo’s superior ring acumen, realizing that he was falling behind on the cards, so pushed the action, but to no avail.
The 8th round, all of Rosario’s efforts went to hell, as Charlo sprung in with a 💥shotgun jab, that was picked off by Rosario’s right elbow, but it ricocheted down and hit Rosario to the pit of the stomach, and Rosario dropped straight down on his back, and was in a fit of agony from the blow, seemingly convulsing. There was no way he was going to beat the count, but Harvey Dock gave him the full 10-count anyway, and just like that, Jermell Charlo fulfilled his destiny. He came into this bout with 1 title belt, and he left with 4, as he is now recognized officially as the proverbial man to beat in the Super-Welterweight division.
Rosario after the concern of his condition post-knockout was taken to a local hospital for observations, being that we don’t typically see that type of reaction from a body punch. We will keep you updated on his condition if anything arises.
JERMELL CHARLO JOINS ELITE COMPANY
Jermell Charlo is the 16th boxer to win the RING-MAGAZINE World Title in its existence since the Super-Welterweight division was introduced to boxing back in 1962, and he is also the first Super-Welterweight boxer to win it since all-time-great 🥉🇺🇸Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. won it after defeating 🇲🇽Saul “Canelo” Alvarez back in 2013, who came into that bout in possession of that Title.
When asked what he would like to do next, he said he had no idea initially, as he would like to get in contact with all the sanctioning bodies (of the belts that he now holds) to see what is next in terms of mandatories, available options, and so forth. One thing’s for sure, Jermell Charlo shouldn’t have any problems getting the fights that he wants at this moment in time – since he has 4 of the 5 title belts in his possession, they all gotta come to him now.