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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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.

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Ishe Smith: ‘I’m the modern day Benjamin Button’

Former super welterweight champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith will battle top 154-pound contender Tony Harrison in a 10-round match that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce on Friday, May 11 from Sam’s Town in Las Vegas.

In the co-main event, top contender Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti will meet Lateef Kayode in a 10-round cruiserweight attraction. Smith and Tabiti, both Las Vegas residents, will be fighting on their home turf and looking to impress their hometown fans.

Tickets for the event, which is being promoted by Mayweather Promotions, begin at $25, are on sale Monday, April 23 at 12 p.m. PT and will be available at www.samstownlv.com/entertain.

“Mayweather Promotions has had a busy year thus far and the momentum isn’t slowing down with May 11th at Sam’s Town Live right around the corner,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “This venue is certainly one of the local properties that we enjoy working with and have made it our home over the past few years.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing Ishe Smith back in the ring after the stellar performance that he put on against Julian Williams to close out 2017.  I know that he is physically and mentally prepared to take on Tony Harrison and will not disappoint. Andrew Tabiti is a young talented fighter that is on track to have a bright future. He will look to build upon his flawless record in the co-feature against Lateef Kayode on May 11.”

The 39-year-old Smith (29-9, 12 KOs) became the first Las Vegas-born boxer to win a world championship when he defeated Cornelius Bundrage for a super welterweight title by majority decision in 2013. He lost the title by split decision to Carlos Molina in his next fight before earning another title shot against Erislandy Lara in 2014, that he lost lost by decision. Smith most recently dropped a competitive contest on Bounce against Julian Williams last November.

“I picked up right where I left off from my last fight. I’m back in camp. I didn’t take any time off since my last fight,” Smith said. “This will be the second fight in a row where I am bringing in a strength and conditioning coach. I credit my strength & conditioning coach, who played a major role in my last performance being one of my career best. It was no question, before I had a date I was back working with my team. I feel younger, I feel great – I’m the modern day Benjamin Button. I felt great in my last fight and I’m going to continue to bring it.

“I don’t feel like I’m approaching 40, I actually feel younger and in the best shape of my life. This camp I’m focused on not leaving anything into the judges hands like last time. I can’t allow another bad call against me. It’s time for me to make a statement, dominate, and get this guy out. I don’t know much about my opponent, but I’m going to make him fight my fight.”

Harrison (26-2, 21 KOs) is a heavy-handed 154-pound contender from Detroit, Michigan who has put together two strong victories since suffering a KO loss to unified super welterweight champion Jarrett Hurd in 2017. Harrison most recently scored a KO victory over George Sosa on Feb. 17 in El Paso.

“It’s about time for me to get back into the loop. This is a tough fight against Ishe, who is coming off of a good performance for himself against Julian Williams,” Harrison said. “I’ve been wanting to fight Ishe since my early days as a pro, and this is exactly the kind of fight that I need. This is definitely going to be a good one.

“Ishe is almost 40 years old, but that makes no difference to me. Ishe’s been a world champion, and in order for me to become a world champion, I’ve got to go through one. It’s a difficult task, and there is definitely no way that I’m taking Ishe lightly. I’m the ultimate competitor, and there’s not a fight in the world that I wouldn’t take. I’m ready to lay it all on the line in this fight, and that’s what makes it all worthwhile when I get the win.”

Tabiti (15-0, 12 KOs) has used his punching power to make a steady climb up the cruiserweight ladder. The 28-year-old, who was born in Chicago and now lives in Las Vegas, took a major step forward in his last fight when he scored an impressive unanimous decision victory over former world champion Steve Cunningham on Aug. 26. A win against the veteran Kayode will further solidify his position among the top cruiserweight contenders.

“My last fight I showed everyone that I’m a smart boxer,” Tabiti said. “I think a lot of guys expect me to just go in the ring and knock guys out but I feel like it’s important to show that I’m versatile. I can box with you or I can use my power and get a guy out.

“This camp, my goal is to focus on targeting the body plus using the IQ I gained from my last camp and fight. This guy is older, he’s coming off two losses, he’s on his way out, but I can’t overlook him. My last opponent was a lot older so I’m going to take the tools and experience and put it all together to bring the fans a great performance.”

The 35-year-old Kayode (21-2, 16 KOs) is looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses, including a unanimous decision loss to Keith Tapia in his last fight on Sept. 23. Kayode, who was born in Lagos, Nigeria and now lives in Hollywood, California, dropped down to cruiserweight after his match against heavyweight Luis Ortiz was declared a no contest due to Ortiz failing his post-fight drug test for performance enhancing drugs in 2014. His last victory was a unanimous decision against Nick Kisner in 2015. That paved the way for a shot at the cruiserweight world title later that year, which he lost by knockout to Denis Lebedev.

“Tabiti has absolutely no experience compared to me and his opponents have been less than formidable,” said Kayode. “I will show him why I’m in a completely different class of fighter!”