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This week in boxing history, PBC looks back at a pair of heavyweight legends defending their crowns, two pulse-raising bouts that were named Fight of the Year and a history-making night in the 154-pound division.
Both Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd were already on the verge of fulfilling their goal of fighting for a world championship leading up to their 154-pound showdown next week. Thanks to Jermall Charlo, that opportunity is now staring them in the face.
Given their perfect records, high boxing acumen, devastating punching power and intense animosity toward one another, nobody was shocked that Jermall Charlo and Julian Williams put on an electrifying performance in their 154-pound world title fight. Pretty much everyone, however, was shocked by the electrifying finish.
Win vs Julian Williams
Dec 10, 2016 • Galen Center, Los Angeles
Jermall Charlo WINS against Julian Williams by KO in Round 5 of 12
Win vs Austin Trout
May 21, 2016 • The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
Jermall Charlo WINS against Austin Trout by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Wilky Campfort
Nov 28, 2015 • The Bomb Factory, Dallas
Jermall Charlo WINS against Wilky Campfort by TKO in Round 4 of 12
WIN vs Cornelius Bundrage
Sep 12, 2015 • Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Cornelius Bundrage LOSES to Jermall Charlo by TKO in Round 3 of 12
Win vs Michael Finney 12-2-1
Mar 28, 2015 • Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Michael Finney by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Lenny Bottai 22-2-0
Dec 13, 2014 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Lenny Bottai by KO in Round 3 of 12
Win vs Norberto Gonzalez 20-4-0
Sep 11, 2014 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Norberto Gonzalez by TKO in Round 7 of 8
Win vs Hector Munoz 22-12-1
Apr 26, 2014 • StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Hector Munoz by RTD in Round 3 of 10
Win vs Joseph De los Santos 17-11-3
Dec 13, 2013 • Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Joseph De los Santos by KO in Round 5 of 8
Win vs Rogelio De la Torre 10-3-0
Sep 12, 2013 • MGM Grand, MGM Conference Center, Premier Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Rogelio De la Torre by TKO in Round 7 of 8
Win vs Antwone Smith 23-4-1
Aug 09, 2013 • Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Antwone Smith by KO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Luis Hernandez 22-5-0
Jun 01, 2013 • BB&t Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Luis Hernandez by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Orlando Lora 29-3-2
Apr 20, 2013 • Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Orlando Lora by RTD in Round 5 of 8
Win vs Gilbert Venegas 12-8-3
Mar 02, 2013 • Our Lady of the Lake University Gym, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Gilbert Venegas by KO in Round 3 of 8
Win vs Josh Williams 8-4-0
Jan 26, 2013 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Josh Williams by RTD in Round 5 of 8
Win vs Edgar Perez 5-1-0
Dec 08, 2012 • Business Expo Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Edgar Perez by RTD in Round 4 of 8
Win vs Sean Rawley Wilson 5-8-0
Mar 24, 2012 • Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Sean Rawley Wilson by TKO in Round 5 of 6
Win vs Eric Draper 4-5-0
Sep 23, 2011 • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Eric Draper by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Deon Nash 5-13-0
Aug 28, 2010 • Moody Gardens, Galveston, Texas, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Deon Nash by RTD in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Carlos Garcia Hernandez 3-5-1
Oct 24, 2009 • Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Jermall Charlo WINS against Carlos Garcia Hernandez by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Carlos Garcia 3-5-1
Oct 24, 2009 • Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Jermall Charlo WINS against Carlos Garcia by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Deon Nash 5-9-0
Jul 11, 2009 • San Miguel Arena, Houston, Texas, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Deon Nash by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Terrell Davis 0-3-0
Jun 06, 2009 • Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Terrell Davis by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Anthony Bowman 9-32-2
Apr 25, 2009 • Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Anthony Bowman by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Mario Hernandez 2-0-0
Oct 10, 2008 • Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Mario Hernandez by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Cimarron Davis 1-3-0
Sep 12, 2008 • Quick Trip Ballpark, Grand Prairie, Texas, USA
Jermall Charlo WINS against Cimarron Davis by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Jermall Charlo has been fighting alongside twin brother Jermell his whole life, sharing the mantra of “Lions Only” as the siblings take aim at standing side-by-side atop the 154-pound division. Although Jermall started his pro career nine months after his brother, he became the first Charlo twin to claim a world title before moving up to campaign at 160 pounds.
Keeping it in the family
With the Twitter handle @FutureofBoxing, Jermall Charlo is making a statement. He is not to be confused with his younger-by-a-minute twin, Jermell, a 154-pound title contender himself who uses the more modest @CharloTwin handle.
Jermall and his brother were born in Lafayette, Louisiana, but raised in Houston. They were 8 years old when their father, Kevin, a former amateur boxer, first took them to the gym as a way to offer them a positive, disciplined environment.
The siblings both competed in other sports growing up, playing football and basketball in high school, but they kept gravitating toward boxing.
While Jermell turned pro in 2007, Jermall continued on as an amateur with hopes of competing in the 2008 Olympics.
A toe injury kept him from that dream, however, and Jermall ended his amateur career that year with a record of 65-6.
Slow slow, fast finishes
Charlo made his professional debut on September 12, 2008, with a second-round TKO of Cimarron Davis in Grand Prairie, Texas, not far from his Houston home.
Competing largely in his brother’s shadow early on, Jermall fought just once in both 2010 and 2011, and gained little notice as he went 12-0 with eight KOs.
Charlo got his chance to shine in the spotlight in April 2013, though, when he faced Mexican veteran Orlando Lora at the Alamodome in San Antonio on the undercard of the Austin Trout-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez pay-per-view.
Lora, nearly nine years older than Charlo, entered the fight 29-3-2 with 19 KOs, but Charlo controlled his more experienced opponent and gained a fifth-round stoppage.
Charlo seized the momentum with four more wins in 2013. He put Luis Hernandez down twice in the second round to gain a stoppage in June, took Antwone Smith out in the second round in August, finished off Rogelio De La Torre in the seventh in September and finished the year with a fifth-round KO of Joseph De Los Santos in December.
Closing in on a title
Under the tutelage of trainer Ronnie Shields, Charlo climbed to 17-0 and put himself in position for a title shot. He was scheduled to face 154-pound world champion Carlos Molina in a March 2014 title bout, but the fight was scrapped just days before the match.
Charlo stayed active, though, gaining a third-round stoppage of Hector Munoz in Carson, California, in April, as he waited to see if he would get his shot at Molina.
After the window closed on that opportunity, Charlo kept his focus with a seventh-round TKO of Norberto Gonzalez in September.
Charlo closed 2014 with a third-round KO of Italian veteran Lenny Bottai in Las Vegas in December, his 14th straight stoppage win.
The KO streak came to an end in March 2015, although Charlo took all 10 rounds on all three judges’ cards to win a unanimous decision over Michael Finney and set up a title shot against champion Cornelius Bundrage.