Jermall Charlo destroys Hugo Centeno Jr. – Results
By Jim Dower: Former IBF 154lb champion Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) destroyed #3 WBC rated Hugo Centeno Jr. (26-2, 14 KOs) in stopping him in the 2nd round on Saturday night to win the interim WBC middleweight title in a fight on Showtime Championship Boxing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Charlo, 27, knocked Centeno Jr. down with right hand to the head in the 2nd round after hurting him in close. Centeno, 27, was unable to get back up and the fight was promptly halted by referee Steve Willis. The official time of the stoppage was at 0:55 of round 2.
Charlo hurt Centeno Jr. with a left hook to the head, which caused the Oxnard, California native to begin falling. While Centeno Jr. was on his way down, Charlo tagged him with a chopping right hand that hit him on the top of his head. The referee briefly started giving a count before giving up on it and stopping the fight.
In round 1, Charlo stalked Centeno Jr. around the ring, trying to corner him to land something big. Centeno Jr. looked thin, weak and afraid of Charlo. Centeno Jr. didn’t do much of anything for the entire round other than moving and throwing a small handful of shots.
“Two time world champion, bring on GGG. I don’t want to talk about it,” Charlo said after the contest. “Bring on GGG. Where he ate? Triple G, what you want to call him. I don’t care. Bring him on. I’m ready. I’m ready, Man. I’ve been the mandatory. They can figure it out. I’ve got the best manager in the world. He figured it out all the way up to this point. 27-0, 21 knockouts, they see it. That’s why. For now that’s how it’s going to be. You see what you get,” Charlo said.
WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is all booked up with fights in 2018 with a soft defense against Vanes Martirosyan on May 5th, and then a likely rematch against Saul Canelo Alvarez on September 15. The earliest Charlo will be able to get a fight against Golovkin is in the first half of 2019, and that’s if he doesn’t vacate his title and move up in weight or face WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in a unification. More than likely, Charlo will need to wait until the second half of 2019 before he gets a shot at Golovkin.
In other action on the card, former IBF super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) destroyed former WBA World 130 lb. champion Jesus Andres Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs) in a 3rd round knockout to win the WBA ‘regular’ super featherweight title. Davis knocked Cuellar out with a right hand to the head in the 3rd round. The referee Benjy Estevas Jr. immediately halted the fight after the knockdown.
Davis knocked Cuellar down twice in round 3 before the fight was stopped. The official time of the stoppage was at 2:45 of round 3. In the previous round, Davis knocked Cuellar down with a hard left to the body that sent him down in a delayed reaction.
The 31-year-old Cuellar was coming off of a long 1 ½ year layoff tonight, and he looked really rusty. In Cuellar’s previous fight in December 2016, he was beaten by Abner Mares by a 12 round split decision.
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