Jermall Charlo took a few rounds to really warm up, but once he did, he overmatched Norberto Gonzalez as expected tonight on FOX Sports 1, improving to 19-0 (15 KO) with a seventh round stoppage.
The corner of Gonzalez (20-5, 13 KO) stopped the fight a little over a minute into the seventh round. Charlo, 24, never lost a round, but did flirt with trouble early in the fight with a couple of body shots that strayed low in the first three rounds. After a low shot in round three, trainer Ronnie Shields advised him to abandon the body work, and then the rout was on for real.
Charlo outlanded Gonzalez 29-2 in round four, including a knockdown that sent Gonzalez through the ropes and to the apron. Gonzalez did get up and fought on, but was in trouble again late in the round before being more or less saved by the bell. The next two rounds and change were more of the same, as Charlo successfully headhunted and just pushed around the smaller, less skilled Gonzalez, a 33-year-old pro opponent from Mexico.
Charlo may now be back in the hunt for a 154-pound title shot. He was scheduled to face Carlos Molina earlier this year for the IBF title, but that fight was canceled when Molina was jailed in Las Vegas ahead of the fight.