ONTARIO, Calf.: On Saturday, December 21, we will see the highly anticipated rematch between WBC Super Welterweight Champion Tony “Superbad” Harrison and former world champion Jermell Charlo headlining the FOX PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes from Toyota Arena in Ontario, California starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
The two were set to meet back in June, but the rematch was postponed when Tony Harrison suffered torn ligaments after spraining his ankle in training. The 29-year-old Tony Harrison (28-2, 21 KOs) is ready to defend his title while Jermell Charlo (32-1, 16 KOs) is ready to take the belt that he says belongs to him. Jermell Charlo thought he had done enough to beat Tony Harrison during their first outing, but the judges saw it differently, handing Tony Harrison a unanimous decision victory over Jermell Charlo that set up a rematch. If you’re into sports betting and would like some insights on this bout, some betting sites have Tony Harrison at +175 while his opponent Jermell Charlo at -228.
Tony “Superbad” Harrison states regarding the delay:
The delay just made me even hungrier heading into this fight. Watching Charlo the night we were supposed to go shine, and rejuvenate himself, it built up so much hunger in me. I’m tired of the talk and the noise. I’m ready to go. We’re looking to work smarter this time. I think everything I did before worked, but we want to make it even more decisive. The plan is to be more technically sound overall. You may see an early knockout. It’s tense between both parties. I’m pretty sure he wants to knock me out as much as I want to knock him out. Whoever has the best plan will win. But I’m by far the better athlete. Athlete for athlete it’s not even close. I’ll beat him in everything, running, basketball, football. My style is perfect for his style. He’s Shane Mosley to my Vernon Forrest. I’ll beat him every time I face him.
Jermell Charlo states regarding the first time they fought:
I still feel strongly that I won that first fight and I’m going to do things in a more dominant fashion this time. I’m coming in to this fight being the overpowering, strong, ferocious Jermell Charlo. Tony Harrison is not on my level. It’s my job on December 21 to prove that and to prove my worth. I’m coming in there mentally focused. When I fought Jorge Cota, that’s a prelim of what’s to be expected from me in the future. I want to look for the knockout and set it up. I don’t want it to go the judges. That’s my worst nightmare. If it does go 12 rounds, he’s going to be very injured at the end. The loss taught me how to be more patient and to take things step-by-step. I’m going to show everyone why Jermell Charlo is a threat to the whole 154-pound division. I personally feel I’m the best in the division. I’m an upgraded Jermell Charlo that you’ll see on December 21.
Who will be the victor come Saturday, December 21 when both men run it back live on FOX PBC Fight Night & On FOX Deportes from Toyota Arena in Ontario, California. Will WBC Super Welterweight Champion Tony “Superbad” Harrison defend his title or will Jermell Charlo become the new WBC Super Welterweight Champion? This is a fight you don’t want to miss!
Also on the main card, we will see Top middleweight contender Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. (27-3, 14 KOs) takes on Juan Macías Montiel (21-4-1, 21 KOs) in a 10-round clash as the co-main event of the evening. Hugo Centeno Jr. will look to bounce back after he lost a close decision to Willie Monroe Jr. on FS1 in June. He will step into the ring for the third time in 2019. The 25-year-old Juan Macías Montiel has fought professionally since 2009 and will make his U.S. debut on December 21 on FS1 telecast which begins at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
Jermell Charlo vs. Tony Harrison
World Boxing Council World Super Welter Title
Hugo Centeno Jr vs. Juan Macias Montiel
Andre Dirrell vs. Juan Ubaldo Cabrera
Oscar Escandon vs. Jhack Tepora
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