Saturday, May 14, 2016

Jermell Charlo vs. John Jackson

The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV, May 21
TV: Showtime
By Peter Lim

The only way Jackson (20-2, 15 KOs) wins this fight is if he manages to catch Charlo napping. Charlo (27-0, 12 KOs) has the superior skill set and has been consistent throughout his career, defeating quality opponents the likes of Vanes Martirosyan and Demitrius Hopkins. Jackson, as his 75 percent knockout rate suggests, packs some pop in his punch but he has faltered against B-minus and above opponents. Jackson also appears to have become a tad gun shy since he was knocked unconscious by Andy Lee in 2014.

Charlo, 25, masterfully outboxes Jackson, 27, from the outset working behind his stinging jab to set up fluid combinations upstairs and down. By the middle rounds, a visibly frustrated Jackson begins loading up on Hail Marys but Charlo denies him the openings while sidestepping and countering his charges. Charlo's steady connect rate eventually takes a cumulative toll on Jackson, causing him to retire on his stool after the tenth round.

With the victory, Charlo makes boxing history, alongside his brother Jermall, by becoming the first twins to hold world titles concurrently in the same division.

Nobody in their wildest dreams would have expected Jackson to get on his bicycle and box. But he was winning the fight doing it until he got caught. He might have inherited his dad's iron fist but he also inherited his glass chin.

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