Tony Harrison has concerns about the judges in a Charlo rematch

When the scorecards were announced after the Jermell Charlo-Tony Harrison fight back in December, many fans at Barclays Center and some reporters on press row were surprised by what they heard. All three judges had it for the new WBC junior middleweight champion, Tony Harrison.

According to Charlo, there was a rematch clause in the contract, and recently, the WBC ordered a rematch between Charlo and Harrison.

After the bout, Charlo called the decision a robbery and called for a rematch, which is something Harrison is interested in doing. However, Harrison has some concerns about how the judges will handle the rematch.

“That’s the only thing that scares me,” Harrison recently told Paul Gant about the judges in a possible Charlo rematch. “Because it was the same thing with Ishe Smith when I fought Ishe Smith after he fought Julian Williams. I thought he(Ishe Smith) gave a hell of a performance, and I’m actually rolling with Ishe because I actually thought the scorecards were a little too wide on how competitive the fight was. After all that complaining that he did after the fight, which was very acceptable because I thought he deserved a little better scorecard than he had, but I think it affected me when I fought him next. They gave me a split decision when I thought I dominated him ten times more than Julian Williams did, so that’s mostly the only thing that scares me about fighting him(Charlo) again.”

Harrison does make a good point about the Julian Williams-Ishe Smith fight that took place November 2017. In that fight, Smith fought hard and gave Williams a very tough fight, but the scorecards were very wide. The scores for the fight were  99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 all in favor of Williams. Harrison fought Smith seven months later and dominated him for 10 rounds. Harrison won the fight, but the fight was way too close on the scorecards than it should have been. The Detroit native would win by split decision.

The controversial nature of the decision in the first fight with Charlo could make it hard for Harrison to win in a rematch. He might have to win more definitively the next time around. It may put Harrison in a tight spot and may force him to be more aggressive than he needs to be in the rematch.

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Munguia: ‘Hurd is a very big 154-pounder. I think he’s bigger than me. If a fight with him is presented to me, why not?’

Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) discussed his busy plans for 2019 as he prepares to defend his WBO Junior Middleweight World Title against Japanese contender Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs) in a 12-round battle. The action will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will be streamed live on DAZN.

The native of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico is working hard to make a successful third defense of his title in what will be his debut in Texas. Munguia is working under the expert tutelage of renowned trainer Robert Alcazar, who trained the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Edwin Valero and Jessie Vargas. Munguia is training in the Southern California area, where he combines a morning run at the mountains with an intense boxing session at a private gym in the afternoon.

Below is what Jaime Munguia had to say during a recent training session:

“We are preparing very well. I feel better and more motivated than ever before. I’m stronger than ever, and I will do my best to give the best fights for the people on this new platform, DAZN.”

“I have worked hard to be in the main events like this. I think for me this is just the start. I want to make history. I was happy to be the co-main event of Canelo vs. GGG 2, and now that I’m headlining this event, I am more motivated.”

“Takeshi Inoue is a strong fighter. He comes forward. He doesn’t mind taking a punch in order to land one. We have to be careful with that and come very prepared. We have to be careful with his right hand as well. We’re going to come very well prepared on Jan. 26.”

“After this fight, it looks like I will have a WBO mandatory bout against Dennis Hogan. But I would still like to unify the titles at 154 pounds with the other champions. We will resolve anything that is put in front of us.”

“The plan is to move up to 160 pounds in about a year. We’re fine making weight now. I have no problems, but I feel I can move up and fight in other divisions. My body is such that I could even go up to 168 pounds.”

Munguia on the other fighters in his division:

“I thought the fight was a draw [regarding Jermell Charlo vs. Tony Harrison]. Charlo should have attacked more and not wait as much. That’s my opinion of the fight. Tony Harrison is a good fighter. He’s tough and has good skills. If he is put in front of us-or anyone for that matter-we will have to work.”

“[Jarrett] Hurd is a very big 154-pounder. I think he’s bigger than me. If a fight with him is presented to me, why not? We can unify the tittles or meet at 160 pounds.”

“I don’t know what to say about the political situation because we are on different platforms. We will see if a fight against them can happen. Perhaps not this year, but maybe we can meet them at 160 pounds.

“I’ve heard the things they’ve said about me. Maybe they don’t respect me or think I’m too young. They’ve said a lot. I will make them respect me on the day they step in the ring with me.”

Munguia vs. Hurd would be amazing, but politics might just prevent it from happening, and Munguia is right, maybe he and Hurd can meet up at 160. Both guys are big 154-pounder. No one knows what the futures, but Munguia vs. Hurd will hopefully happen soon.

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Harrison on Charlo-Hurd: ‘I honestly think Charlo would win’

Everything was setting up for a big unification fight between unified junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd and former WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo, but then Tony Harrison happened. Harrison would beat Charlo by unanimous decision back in December, and now Charlo-Hurd must wait.

Interestingly enough, according to Harrison, If Charlo-Hurd were to happen, he thinks Charlo would get the nod.

“I honestly think Charlo would win,” Harrison recently told Paul Gant. “Because those shots that Jermell missed on me, I think ninety-nine percent of the shots he missed on me, ninety-nine percent would land on him. He’s not the weakest puncher in the world. So, I think Jarrett Hurd is very skillful in defense in an awkward kind of way, but I think he gets touched a little too much. I think if Jermell kind of touch him with some of them shots, and putting shots together like he showed (against)Charles Hatley or Austin Trout. He starts putting them shots together I think he does damage to Hurd.”

Hurd does take a lot of shots, but he can absorb the punishment and keep on trucking. Hurd has shown the ability to break a fighter down, which he did against Harrison and Erislandy Lara. Charlo-Hurd would be an exciting fight, and I was looking forward to seeing it in 2019. However, it will have to wait, at least for now.

Listen to the complete interview below. Harrison comes in at 04:32:

 

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Tony Harrison on Charlo fight: ‘I watched the fight as a fan, one time, and scored it 8 to 4’

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

Spence: ‘If Harrison and Hurd fight, I’ll fight the winner of them two'(VIDEO)

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. has a big matchup in March against WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia in a fight that will feature two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport of boxing, and if he gets past Garcia, Spence might have even bigger goals.

Spence and Jermell Charlo share the same trainer, Derrick James, and after Charlo was upset by Tony Harrison last Saturday night in Brooklyn, Spence was asked if he would be interested in fighting Harrison to avenge Charlo’s lost.

‘If Harrison and Hurd fight, I’ll fight the winner of them two,” Spence said.

Whether that happens, who knows. We will probably see Charlo-Harrison 2 before we see anything because according to Charlo, there was a rematch clause in the contract.

Spence has big fish to fry at 147, but he is a big welterweight who might want to move up at some point in time. So, anything is possible.

Listen to what Spence had to say below

 

Tony Harrison believes he was overlooked by Charlo(VIDEO)

In the sport of boxing, anything can happen, and we saw that on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. What was meant as a showcase for the Charlo Brothers, turned into a coming out party for Tony Harrison. The Detroit native would beat Jermell Charlo by unanimous decision to capture the WBC junior middleweight title.

After unified junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd defeated Jason Welborn on the Wilder-Fury undercard, Jermell Charlo went into the ring and called out Hurd, but for Charlo to get Hurd, he had to beat Harrison, and that did not happen. In reality, maybe Charlo overlooked Harrison, which Harrison thinks was the case.

Now that he is a champion, Harrison would love to fight in his hometown of Detroit, but they may have to wait. According to Jermell Charlo, there was a rematch clause in the contract for this fight. Therefore, Harrison may have to give Charlo a rematch before he could get that hometown fight or possibly a unification fight against Hurd, who stopped Harrison back in 2017.

After the fight, Harrison discussed being overlooked by Charlo and his desire for a hometown fight.

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Jermell Charlo: ‘I don’t like nobody at my weight class'(VIDEO)

 In a back-and-forth title showdown, Detroit’s Tony Harrison (28-2, 21 KOs) pulled off the upset to win a narrow unanimous decision over Jermell Charlo (31-1, 15 KOs) and capture the WBC Super Welterweight Championship at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night.

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.

This fight was going to set up a possible unification fight with Jarrett Hurd sometime in 2019, but now that is out the door, for now.

After the fight, Hurd stated that he thought Charlo won the contest.

Charlo responded to Hurd’s thoughts at the post-fight press conference.

Listen below:

Hurd on next fight: ‘It’s going to be a great name'(VIDEO)

Unified champion Jarrett Hurd handled his business on the Wilder-Fury undercard when he stopped Jason Welborn in the fourth round. After the fight, WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo stepped into the ring to call out Hurd, but that fight won’t happen unless Charlo beats Tony Harrison on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

However, before any fight with Charlo, Hurd would like to fight in his backyard. The Accokeek, Maryland native is looking to fight near his hometown.

“We not sure exactly who the opponent gonna be, but it’s going to be a great name,” Hurd told goforitradio.com. “They gave some names where you guys are going to be happy with the matchup.”

One of the names could be Julian Williams, who according to Fox Sports Boxing insider Mike Coppinger, could be fighting Hurd or Jermell Charlo sometime in the spring. Williams is mandatory challenger for both Hurd and Charlo. If it is Williams, that won’t be an easy fight for Hurd. Williams is tough out for anybody at 154.

But the fight that everybody wants to see is a unification fight with Charlo, so hopefully, both fighters can win their respective fights, and we can see the most significant fight at 154 sometime in 2019.

Listen below as Hurd talks his victory over Welborn, his shoulder, and what’s next for him:

 

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Thanksgiving memories from the Charlo twins

Twin world champions Jermall and Jermell Charlo will be with their family this Thanksgiving, but they’ll be unable to feast as they are deep in training for their respective matchups that headline primetime action Saturday, December 22 on FOX and FOX Deportes in Premier Boxing Champions action from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

Jermall defends his interim WBC middleweight title against Willie Monroe Jr., while WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Jermell Charlo battles Tony Harrison on the telecast that begins at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. Luckily for the Charlo twins, they have plenty of experience training during the holiday season.

“We’ve pretty much fought on Thanksgiving all our lives,” said Jermall. “It’s a big day for our family, but we’ve always had to cut weight or train. My mom would always make a separate meal for me and Jermell. That’s one of my main memories of Thanksgiving.”

Jermall has a busy resume of fighting during the holiday season as he fought in either after Thanksgiving or in December or January every year from 2012 through 2016. This includes a world title defense two days after Thanksgiving in 2015 and his sensational knockout over Julian Williams in December 2016.

Jermell is no stranger to entering the ring this time of year either, as his pro debut came in December of 2007. He also scored victories in December 2009 and two days after Thanksgiving in 2012 before returning in January 2013. His victory over Gabriel Rosado in 2014 also came in January as he rang in the new year with a win.

“My Thanksgiving memories are definitely unique because I’m always fighting,” said Jermell. “It’s a great time to be with our whole family even if we can’t eat anything we want. The family gets all dressed up and we just have fun together.”

Despite being busy in the gym and in the ring, the Charlos have still been able to keep up the Thanksgiving traditions that make the holiday mean so much to them.

“One thing we do different is that our family always has gumbo at our Thanksgiving,” said Jermell. “That’s a tradition my mom started. The whole family looks forward to it.”

“We always have the gumbo from my mom, and we always watch an old boxing fight and the Detroit Lions game,” said Jermall. “Something about the old school Lions uniforms always feels like Thanksgiving.”

As they near another holiday fight night, and a chance to defend their titles in back-to-back fights, the Charlo brothers are thankful for all they have inside and outside of the ring.

“This is a great opportunity to shine with my brother and I’m very thankful for it,” said Jermall. “We’ve been blessed to be in this position and have a great support system around us. We’re going to make all of our hard work count.”

“I’m really thankful for my son and all of the great people I have around me,” said Jermell. “I’m thankful that I’ve created peace in myself and that I can be a happy person. I can’t wait to show my joy in that ring.”

Tickets for the show, which is being promoted by Lions Only Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with DiBella Entertainment, are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.combarclayscenter.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

Charlo-Monroe, Charlo-Harrison set for 12/22 in Brooklyn

The Charlo twins make their return to the ring on December 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The fights will air live on FOX & FOX Deportes.

Middleweight Jermall Charlo takes on Willie Monroe Jr., while WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo battles Tony Harrison.

At a press conference on Thursday, the Charlo’s will flip a coin to determine which fight will be the main event on December 22.

Back in April, Jermall stopped Hugo Centeno in two; Jermell is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Austin Trout back in June.