Tuesday October 20, 2015– Rising star Jermell Charlo will put his perfect record on the line against veteran Joachim Alcine in a 154-pound bout. Detroit native Tony Harrison looks to comeback after a first career loss in a 154-pound bout against Cecil McCalla. The event will be live on NBCSN on Saturday October 31, 2015 starting at 11 PM ET/8PM PT at the NRG Arena, Houston, TX.
CHARLO vs ALCINE PREVIEW:
Jermell Charlo’s nickname might be “Iron Man,” but if he’s looking for the ideal costume to don for his upcoming Halloween night fight, he ought to consider another cinematic legend: the Terminator.
After all, the guy has faced 26 opponents since turning pro nearly eight years ago, and he’s obliterated them all.
Charlo will look to add Joachim Alcine to the victim list when the two square off October 31 at NRG Arena in Houston, not far from Charlo’s hometown of Richmond, Texas. The scheduled 10-round, 154-pound contest headlines a Premier Boxing Champions card on NBCSN (11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT).
This fight comes six weeks after Charlo (26-0, 11 KOs) watched his 25-year-old twin, Jermall, claim his first title and remain undefeated with a dominating third-round stoppage of 154-pound champ Cornelius Bundrage.
Now it’s Jermell’s turn to face a former champion, as Alcine’s professional résumé includes a 168-pound world title won in 2007. Not only that, but Alcine (35-7-2, 21 KOs) also owns a 2011 majority-decision victory over current 160-pound champ David Lemieux, who at the time was 25-1 with 24 KOs.
Alcine, who is a native of Haiti now living in Quebec, Canada, followed up the Lemieux victory with five consecutive defeats. But the 39-year-old has since rebounded with a pair of TKO victories and a draw. The latter was Alcine’s most recent outing, coming in May 2014 against Delvin Rodriguez in Montreal.
Charlo, who attended his brother’s dismantling of Bundrage on September 12, will be returning to the squared circle for the first time since March 28. On that day, he earned his most impressive, yet most difficult, victory to date, a close 10-round unanimous decision over veteran Vanes Martirosyan, who was 35-1 entering their bout in Las Vegas.
That victory was Charlo’s fourth consecutive unanimous-decision triumph, the others coming during a busy 2014 against three foes with a combined record of 54-13-1. In fact, going back to the start of 2013, Charlo has beaten seven opponents who entered with a cumulative mark of 184-19.
“I am so excited for this opportunity to compete against a young, strong fighter like Jermell Charlo,” Alcine said. “I don’t think he’s faced a fighter with my level of experience in big fights. “I am not going to make it easy for him. I am going to challenge Charlo like he never has been before.”
Consider the unbeaten contender ready for the test.
“I’m not taking anything away from [Alcine], but Houston is my town,” Charlo says. “I’ve been anticipating another fight here. I’m ready to go, and I’m going to put on a great show.”
HARRISON vs MCCALLA PREVIEW:
Tony Harrison is coming off a shocking loss, having been dropped and stopped in his most recent fight. On Halloween night, the Detroit native will attempt to excorcise the demons from that defeat when he takes on Cecil McCalla in a 154-pound Premier Boxing Champions clash from NRG Arena in Houston (NBCSN, 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT).
Despite his July 11 loss to veteran Willie Nelson in Tampa, Florida, Harrison (21-1, 18 KOs) remains one of the top young contenders in his division. A product of Detroit’s famous Kronk Gym, Harrison took an unblemished record into the USF Sundome that night and led the fight when he was stopped in the ninth round.
It certainly was a role reversal for the 25-year-old Harrison, who prior to facing Nelson had registered 10 consecutive stoppage victories, with none of his opponents making it to the end of the third round.
In his brief career, Harrison has competed four times in Europe, and appeared in venues on both coasts and in the Midwest, but on October 31 he’ll be fighting in Texas for the first time.
At 6-foot-1, he’ll have a three-inch height advantage over the 30-year-old McCalla (20-2, 7 KOs), who himself will be attempting to return to the win column.
A Randallstown, Maryland, resident, McCalla entered 2015 with a 20-0 record, but he’s since lost consecutive fights to Chris van Heerden (split decision in January) and Ishe Smith (unanimous decision in April).
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