Saturday September 26th at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut Showtime PPV broadcast a five world title fight card headlined by the Charlo brothers. In the nights main event WBC junior middleweight title holder Jermell Charlo would face the divisions WBA and IBF unified champion Jeison Rosario, earlier on in the night WBC middleweight title holder Jermall Charlo would face rugged top ten middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
The main event was one that had boxing buzzing with excitement, Rosario having just won his titles in January against Julian Williams by stoppage certainly possessed the size and power to trouble Charlo. It was on paper very similar to the Tony Harrison contest which Charlo suffered his first career loss. The contest went very much like the Charlo and Harrison rematch. Early on Charlo would drop Rosario who then began to walk Charlo down make him uncomfortable by forcing him to fight off his backfoot. In the sixth Charlo used the over confidence of Rosario to counter him and place him on the canvas once again this time Rosario was visibly hurt as he walked back to his corner at rounds end.
When round seven began Rosario attacked Charlo in attempts to regain control of the contest, at the end of the seventh Rosario was only behind on the cards due to the two knockdowns suffered. It was his aggression and over zealousness that allowed Charlo to time a punch to Rosario’s solar plexus ending the contest at twenty one seconds of round eight.
With the win Jermell Charlo now the WBC, WBA Super and IBF junior middleweight champion improved to 34-1 (18) while Jeison Rosario now stands at 20-2-1 (14).
Jermall Charlo versus Sergiy Derevyanchenko would be the first of the Charlo twins on deck, many predicted an upset by the Ukrainian who had rough contest with Daniel Jacobs and Gennadiy Golovkin in his previous title opportunities.
It was a calculated performance from Jermall Charlo who seemed to learn from watching Derevyanchenko in his Golovkin and Jacobs contest. Charlo would not attempt to over power and walk the Ukrainian challenger down. It would be the jab of Charlo that carried the fight for him. While Derevyanchenko in the mid rounds managed to close the gap, hurt Charlo to the body and in round six land the most punches of any previous Charlo opponent to date. The champion would once again return to his jab and gain control of the range attacking from a distance.
The two fighters would maintain a steady pace until the final bell, when scores were announced judges seen it 116-112, 117-111 and 118-110 all in favor of Jermall Charlo. In retaining his title Charlo improved to 31-0 (22) while Sergiy Derevyanchenko now stands at 13-3 (10).
At age thirty four with a single dimension to his attack and now three failed world title opportunities, the future of Derevyanchenko is in question in terms of where he goes from here. As for Jermall Charlo he is improving with each outing, defeating Derevyanchenko in a more impressive fashion than both Danny Jacobs and Gennadiy Golovkin was a statement. His goal is a showdown with Canelo Alvarez who at this stage we don’t know if Alvarez will ever return to the middleweight division. Yet despite his vast improvements unless Alvarez suddenly declines for any reason, I don’t envision Charlo faring any better than Danny Jacobs, Sergey Kovalev or Rocky Fielding should the two meet sometime before 2050.
Opening the night’s PPV would be three division world champion John Riel Casimero taking on undefeated challenger Duke Micah for Casimero’s WBO bantamweight title.
On paper Duke Micah looked impressive, once the bell sounded it was clear he had never faced anyone close to Casimero in terms of skill. The fight itself was a one sided mismatch from the opening bell until the finish in round three. With poise and accuracy Casimero used his jab followed by a power punch that would send Micah to the canvas in the second round.
While Duke Micah showed heart and grit by getting up and weathering the storm to survive the round, it would be more of the same in round three from Casimero. Without any answers for the Casimero onslaught referee Steve Willis was forced to halt the contest at the fifty four second mark.
With the win John Riel Casimero improved to 23-4(21) while Duke Micah now stands at 24-1(19)
In his post fight statements Casimero would say ” “I’m the real monster of the division, Naoya Inoue is scared of me, I would have knocked out anyone today. If Inoue doesn’t fight me, then I’ll fight Guillermo Rigondeaux, Luis Nery, or any of the top fighters.” Then in a direct statement towards Inoue commented “You’re next”.
On October 31st Inoue is scheduled to defend his IBF and WBA Super world division titles against challenger Jason Moloney, I am certain Inoue will have a response to the comments from Casimero that night. In December WBC bantamweight title holder Nordine Oubaali takes on multi division world champion and former Inoue opponent Nonito Donaire, any combination of those fighters facing one another is a must see for fans in 2021.
Making the second defense of his WBA regular Super Bantamweight title, Brandon Figueroa took on once beaten Damien Vazquez. It was a fairly competitive contest early on until Figueroa began imposing his four inch height and several inch reach advantage.
Keeping Vazquez on his back foot and unable to make any adjustments, Figueroa would deliver enough punishment in round ten to force referee Gary Rosato to halted the contest at 1:18 of the tenth round.
With the win Brandon Figueroa now stands at 21-0-1(16) while Damien Vazquez drops to 15-2-1(8).
In a contest for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight title, Luis Nery the former WBC bantamweight title holder took on little known undefeated Aaron Alameda. While most expected Nery to blast out Alameda mainly due to his poor performances in the “World series of boxing”, Alameda troubled Nery all night with his stick and move style. At times Nery looked amateurish seeking a one punch stoppage, the punch never came and Nery looked less than impressive bringing into question his previous multiple PED infractions and failure to make weight for contest.
With little to no highlight moments, Luis Nery would get the decision by scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113. Only Julie Lederman who handed in the 115-113 scorecard was accurate, Don Ackerman and his 118-110 scorecard was a demonstration of his usual incompetency.
With the win and now the WBC Super Bantamweight title holder Luis Nery improved to 31-0 (24), suffering his first loss Aaron Alameda now stands at 25-1(13).
In a battle of former world champions former WBA title holder Juan Carlos Payano took on former unified WBA and IBF Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Roman. It appeared than Payano was the harder puncher who controlled the action. While Roman worked behind his jab Payano landed the more telling blows throughout, according to stats was busier and landed at a higher percentage. The judges in question preferred Roman’s hit and move style ignoring much of Payano’s quality work awarding Roman the decision.
When scores were announced all three judges seen it 116-112 for Daniel Roman who improved to Daniel Roman 28-3-1(10 while Juan Carlos Payano now stands at 21-4(9).
In other action Junior Middleweight- Bakhram Murtazaliev 18-0(14) def. Manny Woods 16-10-1(6) via TKO 4.