Newly crowned WBC 154-pound champion Tony Harrison shocked the world when he defeated Jermell Charlo by unanimous decision to capture the title in December at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
After the fight, many questioned the decision, including some at ringside, but fortunately for Harrison, that won’t change the outcome.
Recently, Harrison was a guest on the Go4it podcast with Paul Gant, and when asked how he scored the fight, here is what he had to say.
“I re-watched the fight; I scored it 8 to 4,” Harrison told Paul Gant. “I had it 8 to 4. I gave him every round that I even thought was close. If you start watching every round, at two minutes and thirty seconds, I dominated each round. He came out strong for about thirty seconds of every round, and after that, it was over. It died down, and I was in control…
“Half of those guys that said he was robbed are his fans, and for me, it’s fact. It’s not a robbery when every judge had me winning, and you were the ‘A’ side. You had parts of the promotion. You was all the hype; all the hype was through you, so you mean to tell me they want to cheat you for somebody that already had losses. Facts speak for themselves. Like I said, I watched the fight as a fan, one time; scored it 8 to 4, and I said, ‘the judges got it right.'”
All three judges scored the fight for Harrison, by scores of 116-112 and 115-113 twice. Per CompuBox, Harrison connected on 34 percent of his punches throughout the fight to Charlo‘s 29 percent clip, while Charlo out landed Harrison 160 to 128, plus a 108 to 71 advantage in power punches landed.
By no means was this fight a robbery, I think you could have scored it 7-5 either way; 8-4 might be a stretch, but you could make a legitimate argument that Harrison won the fight.
Even if you had Charlo winning the fight, you have to acknowledge that Harrison had a great night. According to Charlo, there was a rematch clause in the contract for this fight, so we’ll probably see this again at some point down the line.
Photo: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions
Listen to the complete interview below. Harrison comes in at 04:32