Boxing was already weird, and with COVID-19 entering the fray it’s only getting weirder. Thankfully Showtime’s Charlo Doubleheader Pay-Per-View turned out highly entertaining, cutting through the peculiarity and delivering fans into a fine kef.
Also: holy hell, what a body shot.
Sometimes on Knuckles and Gloves Boxing Radio we can get a little… carried away. We’re enthusiastic about boxing and opinionated, and sometimes we’re wrong.
For starters, we should have done a straight preview of the fight card and didn’t. That was lame, especially considering we simply spoke about whether or not the card should be purchased. And frankly that card was probably well worth $75.
Jermall Charlo’s rugged clash with Sergiy Derevyanchenko, for instance, might be a clear “Fight of the Year” front runner and, apart from the physical damage both fighters absorbed, both men walk away mostly unscathed. The division and the sport are better for it.
John Riel Casimero doubled down on body shots to stop undefeated Duke Micah early, Luis Nery, Brandon Figueroa and Daniel Roman all picked up victories over Aaron Alameda, Damien Vazquez and Juan Carlos Payano, respectively.
The body shot Jermell Charlo landed to score an 8th round KO of Jeison Rosario, however, stole both the show and Rosario’s wind.
The immediate question is of course, what does Jermell Charlo do now? For now the easy answer: enjoy the throne.
On this episode of the Knuckles and Gloves podcast, enjoy a shorter show with just Patrick Connor, aimed at relaying a reaction to the card and a confirmation if its value.
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