Jermell Charlo Looking for Revenge in Second Fight with Tony Harrison
After losing his title and the first fight of his career against Tony Harrison last year, Jermell Charlo is looking to reclaim the WBC super welterweight belt this weekend.
Updated: Dec. 19, 2019 • 3:46 PM ET
Ontario, Calif. will host this weekend’s super welterweight title fight.
The WBC super welterweight title will be on the line this Saturday, as Tony Harrison will defend the belt against former champion and bitter rival Jermell Charlo in a rematch in California.
Harrison defeated Charlo by a controversial unanimous decision last December, and the two haven’t hesitated to battle with words since. Saturday’s rematch was originally scheduled to take place in June, but an ankle injury forced Harrison to withdraw from the bout. During a November press conference, however, Charlo accused Harrison of faking the injury.
“You know what you was headed to, you know what I was gonna get ready to do to your ass,” Charlo said. “Let me talk to you real quick, let me speak this real rap. You faked the injury.
“And he wasn’t ready. He wasn’t ready for what I was getting ready to deliver to him. We boxers, bruh. The sport is rough, it does wear and tear on the body...If an injury come and it’s that devastating, we would definitely see it. You didn’t have surgery.”
Charlo (32-1, 16 KOs) stayed on the June card and defeated Jorge Cota by third-round knockout, reminding everyone, including Harrison, that he’s ready to get his belt back. The 29-year-old won the super welterweight title in 2016 with an eighth round knockout of John Jackson and defended the belt three times against Charles Hatley, Erickson Lubin and Austin Trout.
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Aside from the victory over Charlo, the 29-year-old Harrison has only one notable win, a razor-thin split-decision victory over former title challenger Ishe Smith immediately prior to his first matchup with Charlo for the title. The Detroit native believes he has an advantage over Charlo.
“Like, I beat your ass the first time, and I’m here again,” Harrison said. “I don’t know where they getting this ‘you scared.’ If I was scared, I wouldn’t be here right now.
“I didn’t take no fight in between...I get paid regardless. I don’t care who come...We can fight in this room right now. Wassup?!”
• Start time/how to watch: The fight can be seen on Fox at 8 p.m. ET this Saturday.