Tonight at 11 pm EST on NBC Sports Network, Jermell Charlo returns to action against veteran Joachim Alcine in a PBC main event from NRG Arena in Houston, Texas.
Charlo (26-0, 11 KO) is coming off of a strong win in March over Vanes Martirosyan, his best victory to date. His twin brother Jermall picked up the IBF junior middleweight title earlier this year, and Jermell is close to a title opportunity himself if he wins tonight, as he is expected to do. Alcine (35-7-2, 21 KO) hasn't fought in 17 months, and was last seen in a draw against Delvin Rodriguez. The 39-year-old Haitian-Canadian is a former titleholder, but that was eight years ago. Interestingly (or not, I don't know), when Alcine won his belt in 2007, he also beat a twin (Travis Simms).
Alcine hasn't scored a quality win since 2011, when he upset David Lemieux.
In the co-feature tonight, middleweight prospects Tony Harrison (21-1, 18 KO) and Cecil McCalla (20-2, 7 KO) look to get their careers back on track. Harrison is coming off of a loss to Willie Nelson, while McCalla has dropped his last two, against Chris van Heerden and Ishe Smith.
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Jermell Charlo def. Joachim Alcine by TKO (1:20 of round 6)
Tony Harrison def. Cecil McCalla by unanimous decision (100-90, 98-92, 98-92)
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ROUND BY ROUND
JERMELL CHARLO vs JOACHIM ALCINE
Round 1: About what you'd expect in the first round here. Alcine looks old, slow reflexes. Charlo looks young and capable. Charlo 10-9
Round 2: Basically the only interesting thing that can happen in this fight is Alcine winning, and there is no sign that's going to happen. Charlo 10-9, 20-18
Round 3: Alcine gets cracked on the top of the head and wobbled with about 30 seconds left in the round, and Charlo is hunting for a one-punch shot as the round closes. Doesn't get it. Charlo 10-9, 30-27
Round 4: Charlo's speed isn't amazing but it's way too much for Alcine. This is a fresh young fighter against a shot old fighter. So, you know, as advertised. Well, not as actually advertised, but in the real world. Alcine to his credit is trying a little bit. Charlo could press and end this at roughly any time, it would seem. Alcine just cannot react quickly enough when he throws a combo. Charlo 10-9, 40-36
Round 5: It's another round of this. Charlo 10-9, 50-45
Round 6: Referee jumps in between the action early in the round and rules a knockdown against Alcine. He got cracked there. But the fight will go on, for whatever reason. Alcine comes out throwing a big right, so hey, he's still there mentally. Alcine gets hurt and rocked again, and the fight is stopped. Charlo TKO-6
TONY HARRISON vs CECIL MCCALLA
Round 1: Harrison coming out the aggressor as always, doesn't look like he's lost confidence from his first defeat. McCalla keeping the hands up high and not doing much else. Harrison mixing in a jab to the body later in the round, trying to bring the hands down. Right hands rocking McCalla's head just a bit behind the gloves. Harrison 10-9
Round 2: McCalla really making this easy for Harrison thus far. Harrison not getting overly aggressive or reckless, either, just taking what McCalla is giving him, and McCalla is giving him plenty enough to win rounds. Harrison 10-9, 20-18
Round 3: Another sharp round for Harrison, calm and in control, McCalla just not doing enough, though he does come forward a bit more this round. Harrison 10-9, 30-27
Round 4: McCalla now walking down Harrison a bit. It's not really doing anything for him, but he's doing it. And he's certainly closer to in the fight than before, so that's something. Harrison working his jab nicely this round. Harrison 10-9, 40-36
Round 5: More of the same, really. Harrison just in total control of this fight. McCalla can't get out of the blocks. Harrison 10-9, 50-45
Round 6: More of the same x2. McCalla looks like he's accepting status as Professional Opponent at this point. Harrison 10-9, 60-54
Round 7: At this point I'd kind of like to see Harrison step it up and see if he can't get McCalla out of here. This is one-way action. Harrison 10-9, 70-63
Round 8: Here and there, Harrison unleashes some combinations, but now the nagging feeling is he could do more. That's bullshit, maybe -- I mean, he's won every round, what am I really criticizing? I think what I'm saying is I wish this fight would end spectacularly instead of just end later. Harrison 10-9, 80-72
Round 9: Oh boy, McCalla is coming on and Harrison is hurt in round nine, just like last time out. Harrison composes himself with a minute left and starts throwing again. Harrison holding his hands down against the ropes, and now he's FIRING BOMBS to close the round! McCalla 10-9, Harrison 89-82
Round 10: Harrison playing keepaway in this round and McCalla not able to cut the ring off and get anything big in. Nice work from Harrison, but he gets cracked again right before the bell. If that had come earlier, who knows? But it didn't. So doesn't matter. McCalla 10-9, Harrison 98-92