By Mark Elezaj
New York – Undefeated WBC Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KO’s) stopped Dennis Hogan (28-3-1, 7 KO’s) with a beautifully timed one-punch knockout in the seventh round of their title fight Saturday night.
Charlo was aggressive from the start, pushing the action and controlling the fight throughout. He knocked Hogan down twice, in rounds 4 and 7 and ended the fight with a big left hook. Hogan was able to get back up to his feet, but was visibly hurt and referee Charlie Fitch waived off the fight in the seventh round.
After a dominant performance, Charlo made it clear that he’s ready to fight either Canelo or Andrade next.
“I’ll fight anybody. I’m a boxer. I fight for a living,” said Charlo. “I’m not scared of nobody. I got the WBC belt. I earned the belt. They can say they gave it to me, but I put myself in the position to get this belt. I moved up from junior middle, just like the dude that just moved up to fight me. Don’t let the politics and the networks fool you; I’m here to fight.
“I will fight Demetrius Andrade any day,” said Charlo when asked if he’d face Andrade if he can’t get a fight with Canelo Alvarez.
“If that’s what it takes to get to the next level, I want to fight the biggest and the baddest out there. I’ll fight in Saudi Arabia too, you know what I mean? You see what they’re doing out there in having fun just boxing.
“Of course, I want to expand it and challenge myself to be the best that I can be. I take fights as they come. And I like to look at myself like I’m in position like Terence Crawford. One of the best in the world and top guys. He’s just got to get the fights that he can get, and keep it going,” said Charlo.
“I want the most explosive fights, and I want to put myself to the tests, and challenge myself against the best competition out there that fits me at the right time” said Charlo
“It’s all about timing. As long as the money is right and the timing is right. I had a couple of game plans coming into the fight. If he tried to fight me, I would box him. And if he tried to box me, I would fight him. I really just wanted to have fun in this fight, and that’s what I did. I thought about doing it a little bit early in turning on the gas and go get him, but I wanted to do my thing in this fight.
“Dennis Hogan showed great heart in stepping up to me, and trying to fight me. He was a little slippery, and a little tricky, but I figured him out. And he did exactly what Leprechauns do. He had awkward movement. His movement wasn’t like normal. He had survival tactics from the beginning. I could have stepped back, and did what I had to do and land my shots, but I wanted to be precise, so I came out with my left hook. You know, I love my left hook. I’m glad I got a chance to land it on him,” said Charlo.
~ The Fighting Voice ~
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME)