–John Jackson surprised Jermell Charlo early in the fight by using his boxing skills and his footwork to control the action, clearly frustrating Charlo, who slammed his gloves together at the end of Round 4.
–Charlo began to press the action in Round 5, and was successful as he began to land some clean shots, including a left hook to the head after Jackson missed on an uppercut.
–Behind on the scorecards, Charlo lands a right hand that stuns Jackson, who turned away as Charlo landed two left hooks to finish him off 51 seconds into Round 8.
Jermell Charlo didn’t expect to pursue John Jackson around the ring, but he finally caught up to him in the eighth round and landed a world championship.
Charlo was losing on all three judges’ scorecards in the 154-pound title fight when he staggered Jackson with a right hand to the temple, and then followed with two punishing lefts when his dazed opponent turned away to adjust his mouthpiece and failed to keep his guard up.
Referee Tony Weeks immediately jumped in to protect the slumped Jackson, who was knocked into the corner turnbuckle, and signaled the knockout 51 seconds into the eighth.
In winning the vacated world title, Charlo joined his twin brother as a 154-pound champion two days after the Houston residents celebrated their 26th birthday, as he preceded Jermall Charlo’s successful title defense against Austin Trout.
Jackson surprised Charlo early by coming out and boxing, and used his footwork to circle the ring and control the distance.
Charlo slammed his gloves together in frustration at the end of Round 4 after Jackson continued to outbox him.
Jackson led 69-64 on all three judges’ scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
The 27-year-old U.S. Virgin Islands native experienced a similiar defeat in June 2014 when he lost to Andy Lee, who trailed 39-36 on all three judges’ cards before gaining a fifth-round knockout.
- Charlo vs Jackson