Premier Boxing Champions on FOX at the Barclays Center
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
In conjunction with Premier Boxing Champions, FOX Sports provided boxing fans with major fight card for them to enjoy from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. 9 different bouts would give 18 fighters a chance to claim fame on the\is cold evening in Brooklyn, NY. Headlining this fight card were the Charlo Twins with their respective championship title defense.
At 198 lbs. Cruiseweight Efetobor Apochi ended his fight with Eric Abraham in the first round. Just as did 160 lbs. middleweight Mark Duncan make short work of Ray Cevera, in their middleweight bout. Terrel Gausha was not to be left out of the fun of by ending his fight with Joey Hernandez in the first round.
Super Lightweight Rances Barthelemy 138 lbs, took 3 rounds to dispatch of his challenger Robert Frankel in their matchup. 160 lbs. Middleweight Tony Gausha took little time in dissecting his opponent by knocking out Joey Hernandez in the 1st round.
In the 2nd Heavyweight fight of the evening, Dominic Breazeale at 19-1 matched up with 20-1 Carlos Negron. Breazeale happens to be the mandatory fight for current Champion Deontay Wilder, who just so happened to be in the arena to watch this match. When Dominic was asked about Wilder his response was, “Yes, I know Wilder is here in the crowd. He came to watch. He knows I’m next. He better be holding on to that baby really tightly, because I’m coming. Trouble is already here.” “I’m next in line for Deontay Wilder, I’m coming for him. I’ve been waiting for him and I did what I had to do. I’m ready for him now.”
In his post-fight press conference, Breazeale mentioned, “I was setting up that right hand all night. Since the third round I noticed he dropped his left hand when he took a step to the left, and that’s what I got him with. I landed the big shot.” “I knew the big shot was coming it was just a matter of time. Sure enough, when that right hand landed, I knew it was over.” “It’s been way too long – 13 months. I definitely worked off some ring rust, worked some great combinations and body shots, and finally got the KO.”
Jermell Charlo entered the ring at 153 lbs. with a 31-0 record and an intercut Lions mask. While Tony Harrison entered the ring with a hardened past and unafraid of this challenge. Having been under the tutelage of world-famous trainer Emanuel Stewart, Harrison also has the experience and of sparring with the Klitschko brothers to enhance his toughness.
Though Harrison has been a very competitive challenger for Jermell. The younger Charlo brother was able to use his natural punching style and agility to keep control of the fight. Though I thought Charlo won this fight 7 rounds to 5… The official judges had Harrison winning this fight 113-115.
In the post-fight interview, Harrison emphatically states, “I dictated the pace. That’s what champions do. He wound up for big shots and I kept my defense tight. All we worked on was defense. I kept my composure and I did what champions do.”
Harrisons’ corner continued to inspire him throughout the fight, “They told me to just keep doing what you’re doing. You’re dictating the pace. I dictated the pace. That’s what champions do. Champions don’t just try to knock people out. That’s all he wanted to do. I dictated it. I used my jab. I dictated the fight. That’s what champions do.”
Harrison completed his press conference by sending a message for the former champion “Jermell, you gave me a shot, I’ll give you a rematch.” Apparently, it states in the rematch clause, that the rematch must take place in 4 months.
In his press conference, Jermell Charlo passionately stated, “I definitely feel like I won that fight. I pulled out more rounds than he did. I will train harder and try to train different!” Jermell continued on to say, “They took that fight from me. I was pressing the action. He didn’t win that fight. I’m going to get my belts back. I still want Jarrett Hurd. I know my brother knows I won that fight. I might have given away a few rounds, but I won that fight.”
In one weeks’ notice, Matt Korobov was brought in to replace Jermall previously scheduled opponent, due to a failed drug test. However, Korobov came in the Barclays to take the fight to the older Charlo twin. Causing the older Charlo brother Jermall to get off to a slow start in his fight.
Most people in the arena agreed that Matt Kororov put on a heck of a fight for a replacement fighter. Especially, since he was given such short notice to prepare. So much so, I had Korborov winning this fight convincingly as we entered the 10th round. This outcome was just as surprising as his younger brother losing to Tony Harrison.
Korborov stated in his press conference, “I thought that I won the fight. It was definitely a fight that could have gone either way, but I believe the people know that I won.” Korborov went on to say that, “I’m the most avoided fighter in boxing and I showed why tonight. I hope this performance will get me another title fight.”
In his post-fight press conference, Jermall explained, “I used everything that happened tonight as motivation in the 12th round. I haven’t been that far in a fight in a couple of years. It felt good to be in there, get hit and bang with someone. He was an experienced guy who will make me better.” “I had fun in there with an opponent like that. I got the win and that’s the main thing. I still feel I’m the best in the world. I just need to prove it to the rest of the world.” “I felt like Jermell made his fight harder than it was. I had a really tough opponent, but he wasn’t better than me. There was a lot on my mind in the ring.”
The was an intriguing fight card the Barclays Center hosted for PBC and FOX. Though some of the fights ended quicker than anticipated, the early knockouts gave the 9,000 fans in attendance the plenty to cheer about. Both Charlo twins fight also gave the boxing fans viewing the fight card much to discuss and look forward to in the future. Though I scored both Charlo fights differently. I’d be eager to see the rematch of Jermell and Harrison and the follow-up fight for Jermall, whoever that may be with. I am eager to know how you scored the fight, please let me know your thoughts on this fight and if you are interested in seeing the Charlo twins the next time, they enter the ring. Please let me know your thoughts by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or reaching out to us on twitter @whatsgoodinsports.