Kerman Lejarraga wins technical decision over Dylan Charrat after fight stopped due to cut!
On September 11, #3 ranked WBA junior middleweight contender Kerman “Revolver” Lejarraga (32-2, 25KOs) will take on Dylan Charrat (20-0-1, 6KOs) for the vacant EBU European Super Welterweight Title. Lejarraga is riding a four-fight win streak after suffering losses against David Avanesyan in March and September of 2019. His most recent fight was a back and forth war against Jez Smith that saw both men taste the canvas twice. Ultimately, Lejarraga would win that fight by way of a seventh round TKO.
The Spanish fighter is looking to keep his place in the WBA rankings as he seeks a shot at the WBA title. His opponent, unbeaten Dylan Charrat, is a Frenchman looking to spring an upset that would undoubtedly thrust him into world title rankings. The fight takes place at the Pabellón de la Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona, Spain.
The perceived underdog, Charrat got off to a fast start in the opening round. He utilized his height and reach to gain the early advantage. Behind a long jab, the Frenchman would keep the hard-hitting Lejarraga at bay while forcing him to eat left hooks to the body and head. This would continue for the duration of the first half of the fight. Therein, Charrat displayed excellent movement. In close, he would introduce his right uppercut that just wouldn’t miss.
Lejarraga would get things going as he bulled his way in throwing and landing some thudding left hooks to the head and body of Charrat, as well as overhand rights. None of these seemed to faze the Frenchman, whatsoever.
LEJARRAGA FINDS HIS GROOVE!
After being clearly outboxed and outfought, in this writer’s opinion, in the early portion of the fight, Lejarraga turned up the heat in the kitchen! Sensing he was losing the fight, he started teeing off on Charrat. His target was still moving but not as effectively. In the waning seconds of round eight, a body shot by Lejarraga clearly shook up Charrat, who was wearing the fatigue on his face.
In a fight that was picking up steam for Lejarraga, a clash of heads in round ten would open a cut over the right eye of the hometown favorite. After briefly resuming the action, the referee would pause the action so the ringside doctor could look at the eye. After a brief consultation, the doctor deemed Lejarraga could no longer continue, calling off the fight.
When the scores were read, it would be Kerman Lejarraga announced as the winner. The scores were 95-95, 96-95, and 96-94. With the win, Lejarraga would pick up the vacant EBU European super welterweight title. As for Charrat, he suffers his first career loss.
By: Jerrell Fletcher