By Xavier Porter | May 3, 2019

The rematch between WBC Super Welterweight Champion Tony Harrison vs Former WBC Super Welterweight Champion Jermell Charlo is set to take place on June 23, live on primetime, on Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes.

What’s shocking and surprising about this highly anticipated rematch is that the fight is taking place on a Sunday. A fight of this caliber is taking place in Las Vegas which is fine, giving that it’s on neutral grounds. Their first bout had a huge turnout at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center, with the elder Charlo leading the main event.

The first fight between Harrison and Charlo was highly contested, both inside and outside of the ring. Charlo. Many reporters ringside had the fight even, as Charlo appeared to be looking to knockout his opponent while Harrison was more focused on outpointing and out boxing the former champion.

photo courtesy of Marilyn Paulino

Harrison and Charlo’s first encounter took place live on FOX in December as Harrison earned the decision and upset Charlo to earn the title. The close nature of the bout helped warrant an immediate rematch that promises to be just as highly charged and dramatic.

Is Premier Boxing Champions and Fox Sports focused on showcasing more championship and quality fights on days that most fight fans (and casuals) are usually resting? Or are they trying to steal some of the viewership in between the NBA Finals.

Harrison (28-2, 21 KOs) has proven to be “Detroit tough” during a boxing career inspired by early years trained and managed by the late Emanuel Steward. He had to climb back into title contention twice before reaching the top with his unanimous decision victory over Charlo last December.

Harrison was on track for a title shot before suffering the first loss of his career in 2015 to Willie Nelson. After three-straight wins, he earned a shot at the vacant 154-pound title against Jarrett Hurd.

Although Harrison had strong moments in the fight, he eventually lost to Hurd and was forced to again climb to the top. After another three victories, including a win over former champion Ishe Smith, Harrison took advantage of his second world title opportunity against Charlo.

What’s At Stake?

With the current unified Super Welterweight World Champion Jarrett Hurd set to defend his titles against title contender Julian Williams on May 11, this fight in particular, has huge implications within the 154lb division. Depending on how the fight plays out, we may be headed for a trilogy of sorts.

Tony Harrison, current WBC Super Welterweight Champion:

“Being a world champion now, I’m excited to defend my title for the first time in this rematch that everyone is looking forward to. I think there’s actually more pressure on Charlo, just like last time.”

“It’s just a blessing for me to be fighting on FOX and FOX Deportes Sunday, June 23. Everyone is going to be tuned-in to this fight and we’re going to bring the action to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the capital of the boxing world.”

“I plan on doing the exact same thing to Jermell that I did in December. I’m going to get the win, and then I don’t want to hear any more crying or excuses.”

The 28-year-old Charlo (31-1, 15 KOs) suffered the first setback of his career with the close unanimous decision loss to Harrison. Fighting out of Houston, Texas, Charlo won the vacant WBC title with a devastating knockout victory over John Jackson in 2016.

He made three successful defenses of the title with highlight-reel knockouts over Charles Hatley and Erickson Lubin, plus a majority decision win over former champion Austin Trout.

Charlo is trained in Dallas by Derrick James, who was recognized as the 2017 Trainer of the Year by Yahoo Sports and also works with welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. Charlo is one-minute younger than his identical twin brother, Jermall, who is the WBC interim middleweight champion and a former 154-pound champion.

Jermell Charlo, former WBC Super Welterweight Champion:

“I am in a ruthless state of mind. I am upset and this upcoming fight, I am going to give it 110 percent. I am way hungrier now than I was before. I am not desperate for a win because I know how to win.”

“The judges gave me a bad decision because I didn’t get the knockout, but you don’t have to knock everybody out to beat them. He knows he didn’t beat me. He knows exactly what happened. He knows he can’t beat me. If I have to go in there and prove it again, I will.”

Also being featured on the card is former world champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux taking on exciting Mexican contender Julio Ceja in a WBC Super Bantamweight world title eliminator.

Rigondeaux (18-1, 12 KOs) will look to show off the masterful technical skills that made him a unified world champion and perennial member of the pound-for-pound list when he steps into the ring on June 23. A two-time Olympic gold medalist for his native Cuba, Rigondeaux made his name with victories over the likes of Nonito Donaire, Rico Ramos and Joseph Agbeko. The 38-year-old most recently knocked out Giovanni Delgado in January on FS1.

Fighting out of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, Ceja (32-3, 28 KOs) won an interim world title at super bantamweight in 2015 by stopping Hugo Ruiz in the fifth-round. The 26-year-old would lose the full title to Ruiz in their rematch in 2016, but has won two of three fights since, including a knockout of Anselmo Moreno.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Lions Only Promotions, TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at AXS.com.

ABOUT HARRISON VS. CHARLO 2

Harrison vs. Charlo 2 will see WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Tony “Superbad” Harrison take on former world champion Jermell Charlo in a highly anticipated rematch that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Sunday, June 23 from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features former world champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux taking on exciting Mexican contender Julio Ceja in a WBC Super Bantamweight world title eliminator.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Lions Only Promotions, TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at AXS.com.

Special press is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 at the Conga Room at L.A. Live – 11:30 a.m. PT Media Arrival – 800 W. Olympic Blvd – Los Angeles CA 90015

Fans can live stream the fights on the FOX Sports app, available in English or Spanish through the FOX, FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. The fights are available on desktop at FOXSports.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku.

For more information: visit www.premierboxingchampions.com, http://www.foxsports.com/presspass/homepage and www.foxdeportes.com, follow on Twitter @PremierBoxing, @PBConFOX, @FOXSports, @FOXDeportes, @TGBPromotions, @MayweatherPromo, @MandalayBay and @Swanson_Comm or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PremierBoxingChampions, www.facebook.com/foxsports, www.facebook.com/foxdeportes and www.facebook.com/MayweatherPromotions.

CONTACTS:

  • Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500, contact@swansonpr.com
  • Tim Smith, Premier Boxing Champions: timothy@haymonboxing.com
  • TGB Promotions: (818) 817-8001
  • Nicole Craig, Mayweather Promotions: (702) 807-1788
  • John Stouffer, FOX Sports: john.stouffer@fox.com
  • Benjamin Spencer, FOX Deportes: benjamin.spencer@fox.com
  • Scott Ghertner, Mandalay Bay: (702) 692-6700

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