By Mark Elezaj
HOUSTON – Jermall Charlo (29-0, 21 KOs) was victorious in font of his hometown crowd last night, but the fight against Brandon Adams (21-3, 12 KOs) wasn’t as easy as many might’ve thought.
All three judges scored the fight 120-108, 120-108, and 119-109.
The Fighting Voice had it 119-109 for Charlo.
This was Charlo’s first defense since being elevated to WBC Middleweight Champion earlier this week. He was able to pick apart Adams throughout the fight, although it wasn’t as smooth as many thought it would be.
Charlo, more active than usual, landed 151 of 634 (24%) total punches and 118 of 369 (32%) power shots. Adams landed 73 of 334 (22%) total punches and 42 of 179 (23%) power punches. Charlo also focused on attacking the body, landing more body shots against Adams than he landed in any of his last five fights.
Adams, a Season 5 winner of “The Contender,” was able to overcome the size difference while making Charlo work hard throughout the fight. At first he was reluctant to engage but once he began to get comfortable, he was able to land some clean shots while showing off some defensive skills that made it harder at times for Charlo to get his man. Adams was able to take Charlo’s power shots and survived the fight.
“He was tough,” Charlo said. “It was like he trained to, you know, like take punches or something. He took some shots. He was tough, man. He was strong. He had a chin. He was a tough guy. I fought hard, he made some great adjustments – great opponent.”
“[Adams] had a chin, ‘The Contender’ was real,” Charlo said. “But it’s a different level, baby. Let’s go. I’m going to get back in the gym and get back into training.”
Charlo revealed that he did injure his left hand early in the fight, but was able to fight through the pain by continuing to throw it throughout.
When asked about the injury, Charlo replied, “My hand will be alright. That’s part of boxing. I hurt my hand in, like, the second round, but I tried not to show it. I kept throwing it. But I had a good night, it was fun,
“I fought through it,” Charlo said. “That’s what champions do. I fought through it. I jab a lot. That’s what I do. They can’t stop the jab. So, you know, I kept jabbing. You know, every time I jabbed I just bit down and it hurted. You know, you’ve gotta bite down. This the sport of boxing, baby.”
“I wasn’t frustrated that I didn’t get the knockout,” Charlo told SHOWTIME’s Hall of Fame ringside reporter Jim Gray following the fight. “This is boxing and he came out to box. I came out to fight. It was a good fight. The city of Houston, I’ll be back.
Adams was not bitter after the fight and said:
“I was coming up here to win,
“I was coming to try to take him out in his hometown. He did what he was supposed to do. He’s a champ for a reason and I take my hat off to him.
“He’s a much bigger guy, period. I just tried to put my best foot forward and tried to take him out at the end.”
When Asked what’s next for Charlo, he responded:
“Canelo has done a great job of being a champ, Golovkin also,
“Those guys are at the top but there’s always a young underdog and a lion ready to take over. That’s me.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~