Saturday November 28, 2015– Premier Boxing Champions had another successful night of fights. In the first defense of his 154-pound title, Jermall Charlo used his powerful jab to pick apart veteran boxer Wilky Campfort and score a fourth-round TKO victory. Unbeaten 147-pound contender and Dallas product Errol Spence Jr. put on a show for his hometown fans, dominating Alejandro Barrera for four rounds before finishing him off in the fifth.
In his first title defense, Jermall Charlo (23-0, 18 KOs) broke down Wilky Campfort (21-2, 12 KOs) without breaking much of a sweat Saturday at The Bomb Factory in Dallas.
As was the case in his title-claiming victory over Cornelius Bundrage in September, Jermall Charlo was tremendously effective with his jab in Saturday’s fourth-round TKO win over Wilky Campfort. (Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions)
Charlo claimed a 154-title in September by flooring former champ Cornelius “K9” Bundrage with his jab, one of four knockdowns Charlo scored on his way to a third-round TKO win.
Once again, Charlo displayed just how powerful his jab can be, dropping Campfort with it in Round 2. Campfort is at his best when coming forward and firing power punches, but the native of Haiti who fights out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, could never get his offense going against the longer, bigger Charlo.
When Campfort’s corner implored him to throw more punches after Round 1, Campfort seemed just plain overwhelmed—and/or spooked by the champ’s devastating jab.
“He’s strong,” Campfort told his trainer in response.
Soon enough, Charlo began displaying that strength in earnest, using his aforementioned jab to set up hard left hands.
In a demonstration of just how fast his hands were, Charlo started pistoning his jab, then immediately hit Campfort with a left hook to the body before his opponent could even respond, landing twice before Campfort could counter once.
The numbers tell the story: Charlo scored with 21 jabs in Round 2 alone; Campfort connected with his jab a single time all afternoon—in 54 attempts.
In Round 3, Charlo once again sent Campfort to the canvas after buzzing him with a left hand followed by a hard right uppercut.
It would be another uppercut, this time from Charlo’s left hand, that would close the show in Round 4. The Houston resident landed it flush on Campfort’s right eye, causing the 31-year-old challenger to take a knee.
Campfort made it to his feet quickly, but his vision was so impaired that he couldn’t continue. As a result, referee Mark Calo-Oy called the fight, giving Charlo a TKO victory—the 25-year-old’s 16th stoppage win in his last 17 bouts.
- –Jermall Charlo won a championship 10 weeks ago by working behind his thunderous jab, and in Round 2 of his first title defense, he floored Wilky Campfort with that same punch.
- –Charlo dropped Campfort again in Round 3 after buzzing him with a left hand to the side of the face followed by a right uppercut.
- –In the fourth round, Charlo blasted Campfort with a left uppercut to his right eye, forcing Campfort to take a knee. Campfort was able to quickly rise from the canvas, but he claimed that he couldn’t see out of his damaged eye, causing referee Mark Calo-Oy to stop the fight.
It was a textbook dismantling, with pages inked in his opponent’s sweat and blood. Errol Spence Jr. (19-0, 16 KOs) took apart yet another overwhelmed challenger at The Bomb Factory in his native Dallas on Saturday afternoon, stopping Alejandro Barrera (26-3, 17 KOs) for the first time in the Mexican fighter’s career.
Errol Spence Jr. has his hand raised in victory after defeating Alejandro Barrera by fifth-round technical knockout, his fifth straight TKO win. (Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions)
Spence, one of the sport’s brightest hopes, has yet to be tested in his pro career, and Barrera was the boxing equivalent of a pop quiz for which Spence had the questions—and answers—in advance.
Barrera had a 6½-inch reach advantage and initially attempted to use that edge by boxing from the outside behind his jab and keep moving to avoid Spence’s charge. However, it was Spence’s jab that ruled the day.
Spence doesn’t just flick that jab as a means of setting up his left hand; he throws it with more force then plenty of other fighters’ power punches. From Round 1, the southpaw continually rocked Barrera with his jab, then followed it up with a short, sharp left uppercut to the body.
Barrera looked punch drunk as early as Round 2, when Spence peppered him with combinations, pumping his jab followed by left hands before stepping to the side and landing yet another shot or two.
Barrera inexplicably kept circling to his right, square into Spence’s punishing left hand. And whenever he did manage to land a counter shot, Barrera was throttled for his efforts, such as in Round 4, when he scored with an uppercut only to be rocked by Spence’s straight left hand that left the 29-year-old noodle-legged for a moment.
By Round 5, Spence began to focus more on a withering body attack, dropping Barrera with a savage right to the ribs, forcing him to take a knee as blood dripped from his nose.
Barrera would get to his feet only to soon be knocked back on his heels, as a charging Spence hammered his wide-eyed opponent into submission at the 1:46 mark of the round. When Laurence Cole stepped in and officially ended the beating, Spence had his fifth consecutive TKO victory.
- –Working behind a powerful jab, Errol Spence Jr. began to break down Alejandro Barrera immediately in Round 1, said punch setting up punishing left hands.
- –In a telling sequence in Round 4, Barrera landed a solid uppercut, only to be blasted by a hard left hand as a result, Spence’s superior hand speed continually winning the day.
- –Spence dropped Barrera in Round 5 with a heavy right hook to the body, and although Barrera beat the count, he wasn’t long for the fight, as Spence hammered away at his dazed foe until referee Laurence Cole stepped in and stopped the bout.
By: PBC Editor
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