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Jermell Charlo taunts Lubin on Twitter after KO win


By Allan Fox: WBC World junior middleweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs) couldn’t resist taking a shot on his beaten opponent Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (18-1, 13 KOs) on Twitter after knocking him out in the 1st round last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The win for Charlo puts him on the boxing map, showing that he could be the next big thing in the sport. Charlo is the new star in the 154-lb. division. Charlo might need to follow his twin brother Jermall Charlo up to 160 to go after the big guns Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul Canelo Alvarez to knock them down to size.

It bothered Jermell, 27, that Lubin came into the fight with him followed by so much hype from the boxing fans, who felt that thy was going to pull off the win. It didn’t work out that way for the 22-year-old Lubin, because he was knocked out by a single right hand from Charlo late in the 1st round. The fight had to be stopped right away with Lubin down on his side and in no condition to get back to his feet.

Jermell gloated about the win afterwards in Twitter, saying this:

”Keep Running Ya Mouth #OHB #OutHereBoxing #OHBsports #LionsOnly. I Trained My [expletive] Off I Must I Say It Now, Fighter Of The Year, KO Artist Of The Year Or What ? I Play No Games.”

You can’t blame Charlo for gloating about his win. He was overlooked by a lot of boxing writers and fans heading into this fight with Lubin. Charlo was being dismissed by some of them as not being good enough to handle the boxing skills and power of the younger fighter Lubin. When Charlo proved his doubters wrong, the natural inclination was for him to start bragging and gloating about the win.

The only thing Lubin could say in his defense is he didn’t see the punch coming that knocked him out. However, with the way Charlo’s shot landed, with incredible force and pinpoint placement, it’s not likely that Lubin would have been able to take it even if he had seen it coming. It was heat-seeking missile that Charlo hit him with.

The Charlo vs. Lubin fight was officially over at 2:41 of the 1st round at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Referee Harvey Dock waived the count and stopped the contest. Before the knockout, Charlo followed Lubin around like a shark, waiting for his time to let loose with his right hand bomb.

Lubin did almost all the punching in the round until the last 20 seconds. At the right moment, Charlo nailed Lubin with a monstrous right hand to the chin, and the rest was history. Lubin dropped to the canvas like he’d been hit with a sledgehammer. The fight was over with the moment Charlo landed his right hand. It would have been a devastating blow no matter how Lubin took the shot. Charlo could have told Lubin to get ready to take the shot, and he still wouldn’t have stayed up in my opinion.

“They were giving him [Lubin] a lot of attention,” Lubin Charlo said after the fight. “I was quiet the whole time. They said they were going to come take my title. I had to defend it. They didn’t know what I was bringing into this and I think was worried about the wrong things,” said Charlo.

Charlo wants IBF World belt holder Jarrett Hurd now. The feeling is mutual. Hurd is ready to fight Charlo. It might come down to Showtime Boxing. They could be the one that make the pick. Since Erislandy Lara is considered by some to be the best at 154, it’s quite possible we’ll see Charlo face Hurd in what amounts to be the semifinals. The winner of that fight will likely then face Lara.

The way Charlo is looking right now, I don’t know if anyone in the junior middleweight division is good enough to beat him, be it Lara or Hurd. Charlo has emerged as the next big star at 154. It’s going to take someone special to beat Jermell right now. Lara lacks the fire power and the youth to deal with a knockout artist like Jermell.

Jermell has been improving since he started sparring a lot with welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. the sparring has helped Jermell a lot, and you can say the same for Spence. When you get world class sparring like Jermell Charlo has been getting, it turns you into a monster.

These are the guys that Charlo has left for him to conquer before he moves up to 160:

• Erislandy Lara

• Jarrett Hurd

• Demetrius Andrade

• Maciej Sulecki

• Julian Williams

You might as well skip Williams, because he’s already been knocked out by Jermell’s brother Jermall last year. If Jermell wants to stick around long enough at 154 to fight Julian “J-Rock” Williams, then that’s a good opponent for him to fight before he moves up in weight to middleweight. Jermell can’t afford to stick around for too long at junior middleweight if he wants to become a star, because he’s going to quickly run out of talented fighters to face after he beats the above mentioned 5 guys.

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