Jermell Charlo follows through with a big right hand. (Josh Jordan/Premier Boxing Champions)
Facing an opponent 14 years his senior, Charlo (27-0, 12 KOs) once again proved that youth is king in the ring, using his lightning-quick speed and thunderous punching power to break down Alcine (35-8, 21 KOs), keeping his perfect record intact with sixth-round technical knockout at NRG Arena.
Fighting in front of friends, family—including unbeaten twin brother, Jermall—and youth fighters from his nearby boxing gym, Charlo wasted no time jumping on Alcine, firing a big overhand right that caught the former champ flush just 30 seconds into the bout. From there, the 25-year-old Charlo methodically used his jab to set up—and land—big power shots.
By the third round, Charlo was in firm control of the contest, and after wobbling Alcine with two big right hands—one in the third and one in the fourth—it seemed only a matter of time before the hometown favorite would find the winning formula.
That time came in the sixth, when Charlo dropped Alcine with a vicious right uppercut followed by a short right hand. Alcine made it to his feet and after the fight resumed, he actually connected with a solid right hand of his own. Unfortunately for him, Charlo walked right through it and kept firing away.
Midway through the round, Charlo just missed with a sweeping left hook, but then hit the mark with a follow-up overhand-right/left-hook combination that sent Alcine staggering into the ropes. As one final short right to the jaw connected, referee John Schorle stepped in and halted the fight at the 1:21 mark.
With that, Charlo had his first stoppage victory in more than two years. More importantly, he kept the Charlo name unblemished: He and Jermall, who won a 154-pound title in September, are now a combined 49-0.
- – Fighting in front of family and friends in his hometown, Jermell Charlo came out like a man intent on putting on a show, firing a big overhand right hand that caught Joachim Alcine flush just 30 seconds into the fight. From there, Charlo used his lightning-quick jab to set up—and land—big power shots.
- – Alcine was a bit more active and effective in the second round, but the 39-year-old had no answer for Charlo’s hand speed. As the fight continued, Charlo’s precision improved, as he was able to consistently find home with each hand, connecting to both the head and the body.
- – After stunning Alcine with a pair of right hands in both the third and fourth rounds, Charlo finally unleashed the winning formula less than 30 seconds into the sixth, using a big right uppercut, followed by a short right to drop his opponent. Alcine made it to his feet and actually landed a big right of his own, but Charlo walked right through it and continued his assault. After just missing with a sweeping left hook midway through the round, Charlo hit the mark a big overhand-right/left-hook combination that sent Alcine staggering into the ropes. As Charlo connected with one final short right to the jaw, referee John Schorle stepped in and halted the fight.
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HARRISON vs MCCALLA Recap:
Tony Harrison sticks Cecil McCalla with one of the 186 jabs he landed in his unanimous-decision victory in Houston. (Josh Jordan/Premier Boxing Champions)
After putting on a boxing clinic through the first eight rounds of the scheduled 10-rounder, Harrison got a bit careless in the ninth—the same round in which he was knocked out by Willie Nelson in July—and absorbed a couple of hard shots from McCalla.
This time, though, Harrison (22-1, 18 KOs) withstood the punishment, regained his composure and then survived another brief scare in the 10th before ultimately taking home a lopsided unanimous-decision victory. The lifelong Detroit native prevailed by scores of 100-90 and 98-92 twice, sending the 30-year-old McCalla (20-3, 7 KOs) to his third consecutive loss.
Using a wicked jab with tremendous effectiveness from the opening bell, Harrison thoroughly out boxed McCalla, who seemed more interested in covering up than actually fighting for most of the night.
When he wasn’t sticking his opponent with the jab, the 25-year-old Harrison was connecting with three-punch combinations and hard overhand rights that landed outside of McCalla’s guard.
After his corner repeatedly told him to let his hands go, McCalla finally obliged in the ninth round, landing two right hands that clearly rocked Harrison near the ropes. Harrison shook off the cobwebs and reverted to his bread-and-butter—the jab—to get out of harm’s way.
But as the ninth was coming to a close, McCalla again scored with a couple of hard shots as Harrison lay limp against the ropes, his fists closer to his knees than his face. Turns out Harrison was playing possum, as he returned fire with several heavy punches of his own before the bell sounded.
Harrison again let McCalla get unnecessarily close to him in the 10th, but again he weathered the assault and made it to the finish line. It marked the first time in nearly three years that the heavy-handed Harrison won by a decision, ending a streak 10 consecutive stoppage victories.
- – Tony Harrison came out and established his jab from the opening bell, repeatedly sticking Cecil McCalla, who was in full defensive mode from the get-go.
- – Harrison continued to stay consistent with his jab through the middle rounds, using it to set up three-punch combinations and overhand right hands that found home on the outside of McCalla’s guard. Not only did Harrison dictate the tempo throughout, but his hand speed seemed to befuddle McCalla, who struggled to let his hands go, much to the chagrin of his corner.
- – After spending more time covering up than throwing punches through the first eight rounds, McCalla suddenly sprung to life midway in the ninth, landing two right hands that stunned Harrison. After the initial flurry, Harrison regained his composure, again effectively using his jab to keep McCalla at bay. In the waning seconds of the round, McCalla again went on the attack, but Harrison countered with an assault of his own before the bell.