ANALYSIS

Show down in H-Town: The Lion returns home.

Jermall Charlo returns home to defend the WBC middleweight title.

Houston, TX- hosts the Premiere Boxing Champion, in front of a crowd of 6,408 in attendance at the NRG arena. Stars, such as Houston Texans legend Andre Johnson, and Houston rap legend Z-ro accompanied Jermall Charlo to the ring while Mo City Don traveled throughout the arena. Brother Jermell Charlo and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence and more were also in attendance for the return of the lion for the 12 round bout.

It has been 7 long years since Jermall “The Future of Boxing” Charlo has fought in front of his Houston home crowd. The 29-0(21 KO’s) 159.5 lbs middleweight fighter has grown as a fighter; changing weight classes, and also as a showman in the ring since his last home appearance against Sean Rawley Wilson in 2012. This is the perfect time in his career and life for Jermall to come home and put on the show he says is “going to be fireworks” and that ” I’m going to do what I normally do and give the crowd excitement”.

Tonight Charlo defended his WBC middleweight title against Brandon “The Cannon” Adams(21-3;13 KO’s) 160 lbs for Premier Boxing Champions on ShowTime. Welcome to the Lions Den.

Adam’s is not as experienced as Jermall, nor has he fought a boxer with the skill, speed, and power as Jermall. However, he believes he was ready for this moment, stating “I appreciate the opportunity I have to step into the ring with this man across from”, and “these we’re going to give them the fans a show”. Trained by Hall of Famer Dub Huntley and Freddie Roach, the last time we saw Adam’s in the ring was when he was invited to join Season 5 of the EPIX network television show The Contender, where he defeated Shane Mosley Jr. for the show finale and championship.

With Jermell at ringside, Jermall Charlo picked at Adams throughout the early rounds on but not extraordinary beside a couple counter hooks that open Adams up, who was rather stiff to start the fight. One attribute that tremendously helped Adams go the distance was surprisingly his height. His 5’9 stature made landing those effective straight jabs very difficult for Charlo due to the ability to weave easily. Along with Adams great chin and the ability to take hits. A key in this fight was Jermall Charlo significantly hurt his hand in the 2nd round which took some of the explosiveness off his jab.

“Difference between a warrior and soldier is a warrior can fight through adversity, a soldier cant” Charlo in response to the early hand injury.

Photo credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Adams won round 6 convincingly in my opinion, but Charlo put on the show he intended and won the decision with his clear cleaner, more effective and smoother punches, despite suffering the hand injury in the 2nd. Charlo gave credit to Adams by saying ” fighters make match-ups, he came into this fight ready to box, while I wanted to fight”.

In the end, the fight ended with Jermall taking his victory lap around the ring, while Adams bowed at the performance. The final judges scores were 119-109, 118-110 and 118-110 against Brandon Adams.

After the fight, Jermall Charlo and trainer Ronnie Shields called out Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Gennadyevich Golovkin saying “they can not run from me, and they have to fight” and went on to say that ” I’m not dodging nobody and I’m ready to fight”.

Charlo, connected on 151 of 634 shots for a connect percentage of 24. Adams landed 73 of 334 punches for a 22 percent connect rate.

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