By Mark Elezaj
Former WBC 154 pound champion Jermell Charlo (32-1, 16 KOs), still upset over losing his junior middleweight world title in December 2018, quickly took care of business by scoring a third-round TKO of Jorge Cota (28-4, 25 KOs) on Sunday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. (Photos by Leo Wilson, Sean Michael Ham)
Charlo was originally scheduled to face WBC titleholder Tony Harrison in a rematch, but Harrison pulled out due to an injury sustained during his training camp.
During rounds one and two, Charlo took his time, adjusting to the different angles Cota showed. Cota looked comfortable, throwing some good punches in the first, landing a lead left to the body and got comfortable when Charlo didn’t respond with any counter shots, he just fired off one shot at a time, showing patience while figuring out Cota.
In the third round, Charlo landed a beautiful left right combination that dropped Cota to the canvas. He was able to get back to his feet l, but was visibly standing on unsteady legs while holding on to the top rope.
Referee Jay Nady asked Cota if he could continue, Cota said yes and walked into a huge right hand that put him down again. Nady waived off the fight at 2:14 in the third round.
“I’m destined to be great. I’m trying to be great, getting an immediate rematch at the end of the year, and then possibly some more. The Charlo twins are back, baby,” said Charlo.
“I wanna give a thank you and a congratulations to Jorge Cota,” Charlo said. “Even though he took the defeat, he still stepped in the ring. You know, the guy that [has] the title backed out the fight, and he was the one who stepped in the ring as fast as he did.”
Charlo hopes the rematch with Harrison, will be rescheduled before the end of the year.
In attendance was Tony Harrison, the man who handed Charlo his first loss and when asked if he had a message for Harrison, Charlo responded:
“The fans will answer that,
“Tony Harrison is in the building, that’s his fault. He gets a chance to see what the Charlos come to do. I’m a much better fighter and he’s lucky he didn’t accept the fight with me this time.” I’m a much better fighter, like I said; he’s lucky he didn’t accept the fight with me, this time.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~