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Lara Retains Title, Charlo Brothers Win & Make History

The first fight between Erislandy Lara and Vanes Martirosyan ended in a technical draw. This time was different, as Lara was able to work his combinations and land straight left hands at will. Lara landed 162 of 424 punches (38 percent) compared to just 94 of 474 punches (20 percent) landed by Martrosyan.

Both fighters just like in the first fight accused each other of being dirty fighters. In the 11th round Martiosyan had a point deducted from him for a low blow.

“That was not a low blow,” Martirosyan said. “Replays showed it. His trunks were up high. It is what it is. He’s the champion. He always has that edge, so I had to do more than him, but I really thought I did.”

In the 12th round Martiorsyan sensed he was behind on the score cards and threw numerous body shots out of desperation.

I was chasing him all night,” Martirosyan said. “I put on the pressure. I thought I did enough to win.”

I’m ready to go. Anybody. I never ducked anybody,” said Martirosyan, who said before the rematch that it was the most important fight of his career. “Nobody wanted to fight Lara. I stepped up to it. I’ll fight him again. I’m a fighter. Whenever they give me the call, I’m ready to go.”

Lara said after the fight that he would like to fight Canelo or GGG.


The Charlo twins became the first set of twins to hold championships in the same weight class at the same time.

Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 kos) was down 69-64 on all three scorecards until the eight round when he knocked out John Jackson (20-3, 15 kos). Jermell Charlo landed a higher percentage of punches at 23 percent to just 17 percent by John Jackson, but it was clear that Charlo was losing the fight.

“I was behind,” said Jermell, whose purse was $250,000. “He was boxing. He was moving around a lot. ‎I had to get close. That was unexpected from him. I thought he’d come out to bang. Come out to brawl. So I had to make an adjustment and I did. I started getting closer. When he started settling down, that’s when I was able to open him up and catch him with the shot I needed.”

“It was a journey to get here,” Jackson said. “I feel like I was ahead and I came up short. He caught me with a punch, and I tried to fix my mouthpiece and he hit me again. I wasn’t knocked out. He dazed me. He hit me by my eye and my mouthpiece was coming out. I knew where I was. It dazed me. It’s boxing, man. I felt I was winning the fight, and I got caught.”

As Julian Jackson added, “I’m proud. It took a lot for us to get this far. I know my people are proud. We are strong people, and we are coming back.”

Then Jermall Charlo( 24-0, 18kos)  who made his second title defense defeated Austin “no doubt” Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) in a close competitive fight. Judges scored the fight 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113 in favor of Jermall Charlo.”It wasn’t a struggle. It was an experience,” Jermall said. “Austin Trout is a hell of a fighter. I see why he beat [Miguel] Cotto. I see why he gave Lara a problem. I see why Canelo had a close fight with him. He’s a beast.” jermall vs austin trout

“I want to thank God for allowing ‎me and my twin brother to see this day, baby. Woooo! History, baby,” Jermall said as he embraced his brother in the ring after his own victory. “It feels good. I knew my brother would get the job done. We belong at this level. And for us to get the attention we need from Canelo [Alvarez] and the greats out there, we need these titles, and we going to keep these titles.”


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