Charlo delivers a KO in the first round.
Late Saturday evening, fighter Jermell Charlo delivered on what’s sure to be one of the year’s highlight performances after defeating challenger Erickson Lubin for the WBC’s 154-pound championship in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
It was in the first round that the 27-year old Charlo took Lubin, 22, down with a single right hand just after the 2:41 marker. It was in a sequence of left jabs dealt by Charlo that Lubin ducked and suffered a brutal clip on the jaw from a right uppercut. "I'm fine. I'm perfect. I feel good,” the previously undefeated Lubin noted after the match. "He caught me with a blind shot. He landed it. I felt like when I got up I could have kept fighting. It happens.”
“I got caught with a nice shot on the chin and couldn't recover in time,” he would later add. “I didn't see the punch coming, so I have no excuses. I'm young and have plenty of fight left in me. This is just a minor setback. I'll be back sooner than later and hungrier than ever."
Charlo now sits with a record of 30-0, 15 KOS, while Lubin’s own gets adjusted to that of 18-1, 13 KOs, walking away with a bounty of $225,000. "We're going to unify,” Charlo said. “The other champions want to fight me and I'll take any of them. Give me another title. I want [Jarrett] Hurd. Hurd just won. Give me Hurd."
His reference to Jarrett Hurd came just after the junior middleweight retained his own world title in a 10th-round knockout against Austin Trout. While Charlo and Lubin’s matchup seemed pretty cut and dry, there was still a bit of conflict after the bell when a member of Lubin’s team threw a chair at fighter Jermall Charlo, Jermell’s twin brother.
Naturally, an ending of this magnitude had the internet talking and with plenty of hilarity and poignant takes in abundance.
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