In the headlining fight of the second main event for the #charlodoubleheader Showtime PPV, Jermell Charlo, 34-1 (19KOs) put his World Boxing Council (WBC) World Super Welterweight Title on the line against World Boxing Association (WBA) Junior Welterweight World Champion, Jeison Rosario, 20-2-1 (14 KOs) in his third bid for a world title. The action took place live from Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
It was intense leading up to the first round where they started at a slow pace. Charlo threw the first punch of note with a right hook to the bottle. Charlo dropped Rosario with a hard left and right hook just before the 2:00 mark. Rosario was able to answer the count and Charlo stuck to hais jab in the immediate aftermath. Rosario was pressing on the front foot as Charlo controlled the distance. Rosario maintained a high guard in order to ensure he didn’t catch another big shot.
Rosario was busier to start the second where both fighters landed a snapping jab at the same time. The two continued to throw hard hooks with success. Rosario landed a very good left uppercut to the body in one sequence and started to press Charlo more throwing in multiple shorts. Rosario again landed a solid right to snap Charlo’s head who was continuing to try and figure Rosario off.
Charlo started to use the jab early in the third. Both fighters were coming up short in many sequences with their powershots. Rosario landed a hard right with just over a minute left to which Charlo tied him up. Rosario landed another good left hook to the body and continued to apply pressure for the remainder of the round. Rosario looked to be more comfortable than Charlo at that point.
In the fourth, Charlo landed the first shot with a right straight to the body of Rosario. Charlo continued to stay on the outside where he found himself swinging wildly at times trying to land his hooks. Rosario maintained his posie and dig into the body with hooks. The fifth saw Rosario come out with a similar poise to the previous round, finding success to the body. Charlo maintained a more measured output as the round wore on. Charlo followed up a snapping jab from Rosario with a solid right hook in the latter part of the round and continued to use his jab to disrupt Rosarios punches.
Charlo was able to parry a hard right from Rosario to start the sixth round. Charlo was able to maintain his spot on the outside and increased his output a bit. Rosario was warned by referee Harvey Dock for a low blow midway through the round. Charlo seemed to land a hard right that got Rosarios attention during an exchange from these two fighters. Charlo hurt and dropped Rosario with a hard left hook that visibly hurt and dropped him with a amere seconds in the round. Rosario was able to recover but wobbled into his corner as the bell rang.
Charlo went directly back to the jab to start off the seventh round. The pace slowed down through the first minute of the fight. Rosario seemed to have regained his legs and continued to press forward. Charlo’s jab output dropped halfway through the round. Rosario was able to find success with his shots when closing the distance, landing solid shots
Charlo dropped Rosario with a huge power jab to the body at the very beginning of the eighth-round. Rosario had no chance of getting up and was in a bad shape as he seemed to grasp for air. The time of the stoppage was 2:21. Charlo closed out the PPV in dramatic fashion as he showed that he was no doubt the man at 154.
In earlier action, Danny Roman, 28-3-1 (10 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Payano, 21-4 (9 KOs). Luis Nery, 30-0 (24 KOs) faced off against Aaron Alameda, 23-0 (13 KOs) for the vacant WBC World Super Bantamweight title.