Charlo Powers Past Cota In PBC on Fox Main Event!
By: Ben Calgry
June 23rd, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada: In the super welterweight main event of a Premiere Boxing Champions on FOX bill, Houston, Texas, former WBC super welterweight champion Jermell “Ironman” Charlo blasted out Sinaloa, Mexico, Tony Harrison replacement Jorge Cota in three rounds.
Cota out working the slow starting Texan in round one quickly caved to the bigger stronger “Ironman” in round two allowing the former champion to find his range in round three sending the out gunned Mexican to the canvas twice in round three compliments of two drilling right hands forcing referee Jay Nady to wave the bout over at 2:14 of round three. Charlo anxious for a Tony Harrison rematch improves to 32-1, 16Ko’s while Cota suffering back to back defeats falls to 28-4, 25Ko’s.
In the semi-main event Miami, Florida, based Cuban former WBA and WBO Super Bantamweight Champion, Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux stayed relevant with a blue collar eighth round TKO stoppage of Zaragoza, México’s, Julio “Pollito” Ceja.
The 38-year-old, “Jackal” staying close to the heavy handed Mexican traded leather all night dropping “Pollito” with a solid southpaw left prompting referee Russell Mora to call the bout at 2:59 of round eight. With both fighters having been deducted a point in round eight for low blows Rigondeaux was head 65-68 65-68 66-67 at the time of the stoppage. Rigondeaux moves to 19-1, 13Ko’s while the once highly touted Ceja now stopped in back to back fights and the third time in his last five outings drops to 32-3, 28Ko’s.
Heading the undercard Brooklyn, New York lightweight Chris “Prime Time” Colbert remained unbeaten scoring a one-sided point win over Humacao, Puerto Rico, “Transformer” Alberto Mercado.
The 22-year-old talented New Yorker established his pace, distance and range early on and in complete control from the opening round held off Mercado’s last round desperation attack for a highly slanted 80-72 times three shutout eight round unanimous decision. Colbert improves to 12-0, 4Ko’s while Mercado 2-2 in his last four dips to 16-3-1, 3Ko’s.
In a tougher than expected middleweight bout Union City, California, 19-year-old prospect Joey Spencer won a closer than scored 59-55 times three six round unanimous points win over Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s, Akeem Black. Spencer forced to go the distance for the second straight step up bout moves to 8-0, 6Ko’s while with the loss Black drops to 5-3, 2Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round lightweight matter Las Vegas, based taller, longer Cuban southpaw, Leduan Barthelemy remained unbeaten scoring a one-sided 80-72 times three shut-out win over Tijuana, Mexico’s Jose “El Tigre” Cayetano. Barthelemy the 29 year old younger brother of former IBF Super Featherweight and IBF Lightweight Champion Rances Barthelemy moves to 15-0-1, 7Ko’s while Cayetano 1-3, stopped twice in his last four drops to 21-7, 10Ko’s
In a scheduled eight rounder LA 23-year-old lightweight prospect Julian “Cuate” Rodarte held onto his zero with a solid 78-74, 77-75 times two points win over Tijuana, Mexico’s Miguel “Sinaloa” Aispuro. Rodarte advances to 17-0-1, 7Ko’s while Aispuro coming in off an eight round points loss to Leduan Barthelemy drops to 11-8-2, 7Ko’s.
In an eight-round welterweight match-up Houston, Texas, Marquis Taylor and Garden Grove, California’s, Lucas Santamaria battled to an uneventful 78-74, Santa Maria, 76-76 times two majority draw. Santa Maria bumps over to 9-1-1, 7Ko’s while the moves to Taylor 10-1-1.
In a four round preliminary Casa Grande, Arizona, 18 year old welterweight Jesus Alejandro Ramos was forced to go the distance for the first time blanking Haslett, Michigan’s, 28 year old Kevin Schacks 40-36 times three. Jesus Ramos moves to 10-0, 9Ko’s while Shacks sinks to 3-4-3, 3Ko’s.
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Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), was created for television by Haymon Sports, LLC, in January 2015. PBC is a boxing series that returns the sweet science to its rightful place atop the sports pantheon.
Featuring today’s best and brightest stars in their toughest, most anticipated bouts, Premier Boxing Champions is broadcast live and free to air on SHOWTIME, FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes, Bounce and ITV.
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