Jermall Charlo overwhelmed an injured Jorge Sebastian Heiland tonight at the Barclays Center, with the win giving him a mandatory challenger position at 160 pounds with the WBC.
Charlo (26-0, 20 KO) looked good, but didn’t have to look great or anything, as Heiland (29-5-2, 16 KO) either injured his left leg very early in the fight, or he came into the fight with the injury.
Heiland was dropped in the second round and the leg was clearly a major issue at that point, with the doctor checking him between rounds and then sending him back out, a questionable call by both the physician and Heiland’s corner. The same happened after the third round.
In the fourth, Heiland was dropped again, and finally the referee stopped the bout. It’s not the sort of win that Charlo prepared for, really, but he got the W and the former 154-pound titleholder now has a shot at a 160-pound title lined up for the future.
Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller stayed undefeated by stopping Gerald Washington after eight rounds in a heavyweight undercard bout. Miller improves to 19-0-1 (17 KO), while Washington drops to 18-2-1 (12 KO), losing his second straight.
Ireland’s Katie Taylor (6-0, 4 KO) won big in her U.S. debut, as expected, stopping Jasmine Clarkson (4-9, 0 KO) after three rounds. The plan has been for Taylor to debut in the U.S. and fight for a world title by the end of the year, and she’s gotten the U.S. debut done now.