By Sean Jones: Jermall Charlo (29-0, 21 KOs) was surprisingly taken the full 12 round distance by #12 WBC challenger Brandon Adams (21-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in winning a unanimous decision on Showtime World Championship Boxing at the NRG Arena in Houston, Texas.
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Charlo suffered a hand injury
Charlo revealed after the fight that he had injured his left hand during the match, and that kept him from getting power on his shots. Adams was a lot more clever than people expected him to be going into tonight’s fight. showed excellent defensive skills, and made Charlo miss frequently with the shots he threw.
The three judges scored the fight 120-108, 120-108 and 119-109. Boxing News 24 scored it for Charlo by the score 120-108.
Charlo-Adams punch stats
Charlo, 29, connected on 151 of 634 shots for a connect percentage of 24. Adams landed 73 of 334 punches for a 22 percent connect rate.
The performance by Charlo wasn’t an upgrade from his last fight against Matt Korobov last December. The only difference between the two fights is Adams, 29, didn’t have the offensive fire power and boxing skills that the southpaw Korobov did. If Adams had the power and talent that Korobov possessed, then he would have won the fight tonight, because Charlo looked quite pedestrian with the effort that he put out in the fight.
Charlo ready to takeover for Canelo and Golovkin
“Canelo has done a great job of being a champ, Golovkin also,” said Charlo. “Those guys are at the top but there’s always a young underdog and a lion ready to take over. That’s me.”
It would be interesting to see Charlo emerge as the #1 middleweight in the division in the near future. His primary target right now should be WBO champion Demetrius Andrade, who won earlier tonight in beating Maciej Sulecki by a 12 round unanimous decision on DAZN. Andrade called out GGG and Canelo, but he’s not going to get a fight against either of them What Andrade needs is to face Charlo in a unification fight, and then the winner look to take on Canelo and Golovkin in a unification fight.
Charlo’s hand injury excuse looked bad
It would have been better if Charlo had kept quiet about the injury to his hand, because it came across like he was making excuses after the fight.
Erickson Lubin stops Zakaria Attou – RESULTS
#4 WBC Erickson ‘The Hammer’ Lubin (21-1, 16 KOs) destroyed #12 WBC Zakaria Attou (29-7-3, 7 KOs) by a fourth round knockout in a World Boxing Council junior middleweight title eliminator in the co-feature bout on the Charlo vs. Adams card. The official time of the stoppage was at 1:19 of round 4.
Lubin, 23, knocked the 37-year-old Attou down in the fourth round. Attou’s team decided that he’ d had enough, so they had the fight stopped. A round earlier, Attou had suffered an injured bicep in round three. Despite Lubin winning the fight, he didn’t look impressive. He was still the beatable guy that Jermell Charlo knocked out in the first round in 2017.
Claudio Marrero defeats Eduardo Ramirez
The hard hitting Claudio Marrero (24-3, 17 KOs) defeated Eduardo Ramirez (22-2-3, 9 KOs) by 12 round unanimous decision in a World Boxing Association featherweight title eliminator. The judges’ scores were 116-112, 115-113 and 118-110. Boxing News 24 had Marrero winning by a 116-112 score.