Former WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo is telling anyone that would listen that he was robbed of his title on December 22 in Brooklyn when he lost to Tony Harrison by unanimous decision. Fortunately for Charlo, he has an opportunity to get revenge. Charlo will battle Harrison, in a rematch of their December fight, on June 23 from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas(FOX).
Charlo is still angry about the controversial decision and plans to be even more focused this time around.
“I am in a ruthless state of mind. I am upset and this upcoming fight, I am going to give it 110 percent,” said Charlo. “I am way hungrier now than I was before. I am not desperate for a win because I know how to win.”
In their fight back in December, 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.
Before the loss to Harrison, Charlo had stopped four of his last five opponents, which he thinks may have worked against him when he fought Harrison.
“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,” Charlo said. “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.”
The first fight was good, and the second fight might be even better. Both fighters have a lot to prove in this fight. For Harrison, he has to prove that he can truly beat Charlo, and for Charlo, he has to win to show that all the hype surrounding him is legit.