By Xavier Porter

(Brooklyn – December 8, 2019)

WBC Middleweight World Championship – 12 Rounds

Jermall Charlo, Houston, TX (29-0, 21 KOs) vs Dennis Hogan, Kildare, IRE (28-2-1, 17 KOs)

Undefeated WBC Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) successfully defended his title for the second time, stopping highly-ranked Irish contender Dennis Hogan (28-3-1, 7 KOs) with a show stopping one-punch knockout in the seventh round Saturday night live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Charlo, who landed power shots throughout the bout, knocked out Hogan with a sensational left hook in the seventh round. Prior to that, Charlo knocked down Hogan with a phenomenal left uppercut in round four, causing the Irish fighter to roll over on his backside, with his feet tangled on the bottom part of the ropes.

Afterwards, Charlo shared that he’s ready to take on bigger names and champions in division, specifically four-division world champion and WBC Franchise Middleweight World Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, current IBF and four-time middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin, and two-division world champion, current WBO Middleweight World Demetrius Andrade.

However, it is my opinion that Charlo needs to tighten up his defense as he would be better served in fighting Chris Eubanks Jr, who won the interim WBA Middleweight Title after his opponent, Matt Korobov, suffered an injury to his left shoulder, in the second round, of their title fight.

Charlo is a big, strong, boxer who has deadly power; however, again, it is my opinion that he needs to tighten up his defense and not get hit with so many punches while walking in.

Jermall Charlo – WBC Middleweight World Champion

“I made it through 2019 and we’re going to 2020 with 20/20 vision,” said Charlo in the ring following the fight.”

“Shout out to Dennis Hogan for giving me real competition and for coming up to fight me. Of course my power prevailed tonight. 

“We’ve been working on that (the uppercut). I try to take him out with every punch and we work hard for it.  He got up and he fought like a champion. Ronnie (Shields) told me to cut him off. I just threw the shot and I made sure I threw it right on the money.”

“The middleweight division is wide open. I’m the WBC Champion. I’m going to enjoy this and spend time with my team. I’m here to fight whoever.  You have to make the right decisions and do it at the right time. That’s what it’s all about.”

Despite throwing far fewer punches, Charlo had the more effective and efficient attack. Charlo landed 86 of the 266 punches he threw (32%) while Hogan landed just 71 of the 418 punches he threw (17%). Despite Hogan landing on 61 power punches compared to 57 for Charlo, Hogan was unable to hurt Charlo, while Charlo’s trademark power resulted in another highlight reel stoppage.

Dennis Hogan

“I wanted to keep going but the decision was fair enough by the referee,” said Hogan.

“I didn’t see the punch coming on the second knockdown. I was trying to keep boxing him but then all of a sudden I was on the ground and the fight was over.

“I’m looking forward to spending the Christmas holiday with my family, taking a month off, and then we’ll work on what’s next for me.”

WBA WORLD INTERIM MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 12 ROUNDS

Chris EUBANK JR, Hove, UK (28-2, 21 KOs) vs Matt KOROBOV, Orotukan, RUS (28-2-1, 14 KOs)

In the co-featured bout, Chris Eubank Jr.’s (29-2, 22 KOs) long-awaited United States debut ended in frustrating fashion as his opponent, Matt Korobov (28-3-1, 14 KOs), suffered a bout-ending injury at just :34 of the second round. Because it was ruled a self-inflicted injury, the result was officially declared a TKO victory for Eubank, who picked up the Interim WBA Middleweight Title.

In the buildup to the fight, Eubank, the son of British boxing legend and former two-division world champion Chris Eubank Sr., repeatedly said that there would be a new contender in the stacked middleweight division. Despite not getting a chance to introduce himself to the American audience in the way he envisioned, Eubank is looking ahead to a busy 2020.

Korobov, a top contender in the middleweight division, injured his left shoulder after throwing a punch that failed to land. After consulting with the ringside doctor, it was deemed that he would be unable to continue.

CHRIS EUBANK JR.

“I felt like I was about to get my swagger on.  He just turned around and stopped I was going to go jump on him.  I guess something happened with his shoulder.”

“I mean, there’s nothing to take from the fight.  I threw like three or four punches.  I was just warming up.”

“I’m the winner, I’m going to move forward and challenge for these belts.  This wasn’t my dream.  My dream was to come here to America and make a statement.”

“Now that I’ve landed, I settled with the new promotional team.  Now I feel I can get the ball rolling for an active 2020.  It’s a shame it had to start like this but it is what it is.”

MATT KOROBOV

“I was trying to throw the left hand straight, and I just felt the muscle immediately, like I pulled it. It was a lot of pain right away.”

“I couldn’t fight with just one arm, especially being a southpaw.”

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