Jermell Charlo Out for Revenge Against Harrison

Ruben Hill
January 3, 2020

Jermell Charlo will be out for revenge when he takes on Tony Harrison in a rematch of their WBC light middleweight title at the Toyota Center in December. Harrison became the first man to defeat Charlo in his professional career, securing a victory in their bout last year on a unanimous points decision.

However, the result was not without controversy as television pundits were incredulous that the fight was scored in the favour of Harrison, with many believing that Charlo had secured a comfortable victory in the defence of his crown. Despite the incredulity, Harrison walked away with the belts, but now has the challenge of facing off against his old adversary. The latest boxing betting odds back Charlo to regain the title, although it will not be an easy task for the American to find his form against an opponent that had a well-defined strategy in the ring.

 

Charlo had entered the last contest with a flawless 31-0 record, including 15 knockouts. He had defended his title three times since defeating John Jackson in 2016 to take possession of the belt. Harrison did his utmost to knock him off his stride, refusing to touch gloves before the start of the contest. However, it only seemed to help Charlo find inspiration for a strong opening two rounds. He was able to assert dominance by jabbing at the challenger, although not landing a significant blow.

Harrison opted to sit in and wait for the mistake to counterpunch the champion. It was not overly pleasing on the eye, but it began to frustrate Charlo. It was an even contest through four rounds before Harrison finally landed a telling blow on the chin of his compatriot. Charlo wobbled for a second before responding with a firm right. The two continued to exchange strikes, with the challenger earning points for volume shots to the body, but the more telling blows came from Charlo.

The champion launched an assault in the ninth round, but Harrison survived and did so again in the 12th when Charlo connected with another decisive left hook. It could have been the connection that decided the contest, but Harrison remained upright and in doing so won the duel.

Harrison has not been in action since, while Charlo eased his way past Jorge Cota in the third round of their clash in June. The war of words between the two men has increased in the build-up to the rematch, with Charlo suggesting that Harrison has faked injuries to delay the fight. For the first time in three years, Charlo is the man in pursuit of the crown and that makes him a very dangerous proposition. He felt massively aggrieved by his defeat and on another day with different judges, he may well have retained his title. He does not need a massive change in strategy for the rematch, although his defence will need to be tighter.

The big difference will be whether he can complete a knockout. Harrison’s two defeats in his career have come in the ninth round with knockouts. Charlo came extremely close to sending him to the deck in New York and will be confident that he can go one better in Toronto to reclaim his belt.

 

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