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Tony Harrison injured, out of Jermell Charlo rematch

Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Julio Ceja remains on the show.

Premier Boxing Champions - Jermell Charlo vs. Tony Harrison Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

WBC super welterweight champion Tony Harrison has reportedly withdrawn from his June 23rd rematch with Jermell Charlo, which would have headlined a PBC on FOX card at Mandalay Bay. Mike Coppinger says it’s “unclear” whether Charlo will stay on the card, while Keith Idec claims Jorge Cota has been tabbed as a potential replacement for Harrison, who undergoes ankle surgery on Wednesday.

The show itself, which sports Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Julio Ceja as its co-feature, will go on regardless.

Harrison (28-2, 21 KO) controversially edged Charlo (31-1, 15 KO) in December, winning a unanimous decision that the majority of boxing pundits disagreed with. No matter your thoughts on that outcome, we can all agree that Cota (28-3, 25 KO) is a much less challenging and appealing opponent. “Demonio” was last seen dropping a split decision to Jeison Rosario on the Danny Garcia-Adrian Granados postlims.

Then again. after last weekend, who the hell knows how underdogs are supposed to function anymore.

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