Jermall Charlo vs Dennis Hogan
Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) made a statement tonight in a Showtime main event, knocking out Dennis Hogan (28-3-1, 7 KOs) in seven rounds in pretty spectacular fashion to defend his WBC middleweight title. Charlo came out setting an aggressive tone, but had to deal with a game Dennis Hogan who has a lot of awkward movement in his style.
But despite his awkwardness making things a little hard for Charlo, Charlo just came forward throwing a lot of power shots that made an impression on Hogan early, even when they weren’t landing clean. To open the fourth round Charlo came out and landed a left uppercut right away that had Hogan doing a backwards tumble on the canvas.
Hogan would beat the count and Charlo would try to finish him off then and there, but Hogan was wiley enough to survive the rest of that round.
Unforunately for Hogan the rest of the rounds became increasingly in Charlo’s favor, and then in the beginning of the 7th round Charlo would feint a jab and throw a lead hook that landed clean and put Hogan down hard. Hogan would once again get up but the referee felt he wasn’t safe to continue and called of the fight, 28 seconds into the round.
In the post-fight press conference Charlo said he was ready to fight whomever, it’s just all about fighting the right people at the right time.
Chris Eubank Jr. vs Matt Korobov
In the second fight of the evening Chris Eubank Jr. (29-2, 22 KOs) may have lucked out with an official technical knockout of Matt Korobov (28-3-1, 14 KOs). And I say ‘lucked out’ because Korobov started the fight really well, smashing Eubank Jr. time and again with straight left hands to which Eubank had no answer. Then in the second round Korobov picked up where he left off, but then threw one long left hand that landed awkwardly.
Moments after one left hand, only 32 seconds into Round 2, Korobov would turn away from the action and inform the referee that he had either torn or dislocated something in his shoulder. The referee called a timeout for the doctor to examine Korobov but Korobov immediately knew he couldn’t continue with his injury, forcing a stop to the fight. And with the fight having to be stopped, Eubank would be awarded the victory, despite it looking like he might be in for a long night.
Marlon Taples vs Ryosuke Isawa
In the opening bout super bantamweight Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 17 KOs) scored a big win over Marlon Tapales (33-3, 16 KOs), becoming the interim IBF titleholder. Tapales appeared to come out fast, using awkward movement and punches to score but fortune didn’t favor him as the two fighters exchanged in the third round and Tapales took a hard head clash to his eye that buckled his knee and made it hit the canvas.
The referee officially ruled that a knockdown, but it was clear on instant replay that the knockdown did occur from a head clash and not a punch. To make things worse, that head clash did real damage, with Iwasa sporting a nice hematoma in the area following. That said, Iwasa stuck to his game plan of landing straight shots and started wearing down Tapales in the second half. In the 11th round Iwasa caught Tapales clean and put him down hard. Tapales would beat the count but the referee didn’t like the look in his eyes, ending the fight at the 1:09 minute mark.