Jermell Charlo Stops Jeison Rosario with a Jab!
In the main event of the Charlo brother double pay-per-view event, WBC super welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (34-1, 18 KO’s) defeated WBA and IBF super welterweight champion Jeison “Banana” Rosario (20-2-1, 14 KO’s) by way of eighth round stoppage.
The highly anticipated bout opened up with a somewhat questionable knockdown for Charlo. In the opening minute of the fight Charlo managed to land a glancing blow on the top of Rosario’s head.
As he backed up to avoid further incoming fire, Banana completely lost his footing when his foot slipped off the canvas. As he tried to right himself Rosario attempted to dodge another incoming straight right. The momentum of the movement caused him to fall completely to the floor.
Given that the shots that connected were glancing at best Rosario was unhurt and ready for action the second he got to his feet. To his credit, Banana retained his composure and actually began walking Charlo down.
Over the next two rounds, the Dominican was able to stabilize the fight working behind tight defense and utilizing thumping body shots.
Iron Man did well fighting off the back foot and threw steady sharp, accurate shots. As the contest pressed on referee Harvey Dock took issue with Rosario’s body work. The veteran ref would warn him several times for lows blows and even threatened to deduct a point.
In the sixth round, Charlo did clearly hurt Banana with a dizzying hook. The damaging blow forced his adversary to take a knee to avoid more punishment.
Mercifully for Rosario, the concussive punch landed in the final moments of the period. When he was able to get up right, Rosario swayed badly and looked visibly stunned as he made his way back to his corner.
Two rounds later, Iron Man ended the prizefight in completely bizarre fashion. As the two combatants stood squared up, Charlo landed a seemingly standard jab to Rosario’s midsection.
Yet, the shot dropped the Dominican hard on his back. Once on the canvas, for the third time, he began convulsing and twitching as if he was having some form of seizure. Before reaching the count of ten Harvey Dock waved the bout off.
The win now makes Jermell Charlo a three-belt unified champion. He is one belt away from becoming the next since legend Winky Wright did it in 2004.
By: Bakari Simpson