Sat, Dec 21, 2019; On Saturday, December 21 at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, USA Tony «Super Bad» Harrison will meet Jermell «Iron Man» Charlo for WBC title in a 12-round super welterweight fight. Tony Harrison vs. Jermell Charlo 12 rounds, rematch, 12 rounds, WBC junior middleweight title Tony Harrison (28-2) pulled of a big upset win in his last fight when he beat Jermell Charlo by a unanimous decision.
On Saturday, December 21st, Premiere Boxing Champions presents live boxing action from the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California, featuring a highly anticipated rematch between Tony Harrison and Jermell Charlo. This rematch will be for Harrison’s WBC super welterweight title.
The co-main event was originally supposed to take place between Guillermo Rigondeaux and Liborio Solis for a secondary title that was vacant. Unfortunately, that bout was cancelled this week due to Solis having issues with his VISA.
The heavyweight showdown between Efe Ajagba and Iago Kiladze will now serve as the co-main event. The Carlos Balderas vs Rene Tellez Giron lightweight contest has been moved up from the prelims to the three fight FOX telecast.
The prelims will take place at 6 PM ET on FS1, while the main card is set to begin at 8 PM ET on FOX. The main event for the FS1 PBC Fight Night portion of the broadcast will be a middleweight bout between Hugo Centeno Jr. and Juan Macias Montiel.
Websites for placing boxing bets have released odds for a few of the main card fights. Let’s step inside the ring, jab at the odds courtesy of 5Dimes, and hopefully knockout our predictions.
Can you feel the hatred from here? ? #HarrisonCharlo2pic.twitter.com/nVYFFBspEO
— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) December 19, 2019
Carlos Balderas (9-0, 8 KOs) vs Rene Tellez Giron (13-1, 7 KOs)
- Carlos Balderas
- Rene Tellez Giron
As of now, there are no betting odds for this fight. However, since this bout is getting the spotlight from being moved from the prelims to the opening fight of the FOX TV broadcast, I expect boxing betting websites to list odds for this contest before fight night.
I also expect Balderas to be a sizable betting favorite over Giron. I don’t believe either fighter will offer betting value once the boxing odds are released.
Balderas vs Giron Preview
|Carlos Balderas||Rene Tellez Giron|
This contest is scheduled for eight rounds and it features two of the younger fighters on the card. Mexico’s Rene Tellez Giron is just 20 years old while America’s Carlos Balderas is 23 years old.
FIGHT UPDATE?: 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas now faces Rene Tellez Giron this Saturday in @PBConFOX opener as @RigoElChacal305's bout vs Liborio Solis has been postponed. Filipino Featherweight contender Jhack Tepora battles @OscarEscandon in the co-feature of #PBConFS1. pic.twitter.com/CQuctOi0hM
— PBC (@premierboxing) December 17, 2019
Balderas is a highly touted prospect from the 2016 Olympic team. Although he lost in the quarterfinals of those Olympics, Balderas had a lot of buzz around him and is pegged to succeed as a pro. So far, he has lived up to those expectations.
Balderas had over 200 amateur fights. So, although he’s only fought nine pro bouts, he has a ton of in-ring experience. He also has a killer left hook to the body that has hammered opponents over the years.
Balderas has won five straight fights via TKO/KO and eight of his nine pro bouts. He last fought in July and pummeled Frankel until he scored a 7th round TKO victory.
Giron might be younger, but he has five more professional fights than his opponent this Saturday. He was undefeated with a 13-0 record before dropping the first bout of his career in June when he lost via unanimous decision to Michel Rivera. This will be his second fight in the United States.
Which Prospect Gets the Win on a Big Stage?
I have a hard time finding any path to victory for Giron in this contest. Yes, he’s a decent young fighter, but he’s going up against a better prospect and a bigger fighter.
Balderas has a five inch height and reach advantage. He also has the overall skills to really do some damage in this contest. Other prospects appear to have been moved up the rankings quicker than Balderas, but I expect Carlos to be fighting for titles within the next two years.
For this fight, go with Balderas to win via TKO before the 8th round.
Efe Ajagba (11-0, 9 KOs) vs Iago Kiladze (26-4-1, 18 KOs)
- Efe Ajagba (-3200)
- Iago Kiladze (+1600)
The undefeated Ajagba opened as a -5000 betting favorite, but has seen his odds come down with most online betting sites to a range of -2900 to -3700. William Hill still has him listed as a -5000 betting favorite. This is his 4th fight of 2019 and he’s been a massive favorite in all of them.
Kiladze opened as a +1200 underdog and has seen his odds go up since then. Iago can be found in a range from +1200 to +1850. This is Kiladze’s 5th fight in the last two years and he’s been a large underdog in all of them.
Neither man offers any betting value nor is Kiladze worthy of a flier.
Ajagba vs Kiladze Preview
|Efe Ajagba||Iago Kiladze|
I’ve been riding the Efe Ajagba train ever since his fight against Curtis Harper in August 2018. If you recall, that’s the fight where Harper got into the ring, touched gloves, then promptly exited the ring after the bell rang and went back to the locker room. He lost via DQ just a few seconds into the bout.
However, words can’t do the experience any justice. Watch how it all unfolded in this clip below:
[email protected] came ready for war, but #CurtisHarper said otherwise! ✌? #ImOut#AjagbeHarper#PBConFS1pic.twitter.com/YaJkKPhXK2
— PBC (@premierboxing) August 25, 2018
Harper walking away is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen in the sport of boxing. With that said, it would probably be smart for Kiladze to literally follow in Harper’s footsteps.
Kiladze has dropped three of his last four fights and went to a split draw against Robert Alfonso in his most recent contest this past May. His last four fights have all been against rising heavyweight prospects like: Kownacki, Hunter, Joyce and Alfonso. Combined, those four men had a record of 42-1.
Furthermore, Kiladze is giving up three inches in height and six inches in reach to a more powerful fighter. I don’t like his chances in this contest.
Ajagba has won four of his last five fights via TKO/KO. However, his last bout which was in July went the distance where he defeated the unbeaten Demirezen via unanimous decision: 97-93, 99-91, and 99-91.
For this weekend’s fight, Ajagba is looking to get back to knocking out his opponents:
“I am very ready for this fight. I pulled out of my last bout because of a back injury and before then I defeated Demirezen through unanimous decision but this time, it will be a knockout out… He has not won in his last five four fights, I want to ensure I add another loss to his record.”
Will Ajagba Get His 10th Win via KO?
Theirs is nothing to suggest that Kiladze will hold up under the powerful shots from Ajagba. This Nigerian heavyweight is going to give Kiladze nightmares following their bout on Saturday.
I fully expect Ajagba to score a KO in this contest. All three of Kiladze’s losses in 2018 came via KO. He didn’t make it past the 6th round in any of those fights. I will be surprised if we see the 7th round in this bout.
Take Ajagba to win this fight. And, if you can find prop bets for Ajagba to win via TKO/KO then hop on that as well.
Tony Harrison (28-2, 21 KOs) vs Jermell Charlo (32-1, 16 KOs)
- Tony Harrison (+265)
- Jermell Charlo (-325)
In this heated rematch, Charlo is once again the betting favorite with odds ranging from -300 to -360. He opened as a -200 favorite and has seen his odds go up since then. Charlo was also the large favorite in their first matchup when he closed at -1565 odds.
Harrison opened as a +150 underdog for the rematch and has seen his odds go up to a range of +210 to +315. He closed as a +600 underdog in their first fight one year ago.
Charlo doesn’t offer any betting value, but Harrison does. He won the first fight and could definitely win the rematch. Plus, if you can get odds over +300 then you are tripling your wager if he wins.
Harrison vs Charlo Preview
|Tony Harrison||Jermell Charlo|
Originally the rematch was supposed to take place on June 23rd, but Harrison pulled out due to an ankle injury. Of course, that angered Charlo who accused Harrison of ducking him. Although it took a bit longer to make it happen, this rematch is going to be exciting.
Because there’s bad blood between each other, this weekend’s contest is going to be even more thrilling to watch. That bad blood started almost immediately after the first fight ended when Charlo felt he was robbed by the judges.
Many pundits and media outlets had Charlo winning the fight. However, the three judges felt differently as they scored it 115-113, 115-113, and 116-112 in favor of Harrison by unanimous decision. It was a tough loss for Charlo to accept considering he was 31-0 at the time.
Since then, Charlo has claimed that Harrison didn’t really win and that he’s going to destroy him on Saturday. Harrison continues to rub the victory in Charlo’s face as they’ve exchanged a war of words over the last year. Betway contact.
Will the Rematch Be Any Different?
It almost felt like Charlo didn’t take Harrison that serious in their first fight. There was an aura of dismissiveness coming from Charlo. This time around, it’s the exact opposite. He’s more focused and fired up then I have seen him in recent years:
“I don’t like ‘phony’ Harrison. It’s easy to explain why the rematch will be different. I’m knocking him out. I can’t let them judges make any decisions. That’s what I need. He’s going to sleep. Cold. He’s a fraud. He manipulated the system and he isn’t the real champ like I am. I’m the real champion and it will take me going in there and showing why I am the champ. I get to do that on December 21.”
'Phony Harrison is his name. You can't back up one word you say.'
When @TwinCharlo and @iamboxing go Face to Face, it's fireworks. Just like this Saturday night – LIVE on FOX! #HarrisonCharlo2 ? pic.twitter.com/tTxSxM3OTO
— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) December 17, 2019
For Harrison’s part, he continues to poke the bear by saying that he’s better than Charlo and that Jermell fears him:
“I will beat this man. I will beat this man at anything we do. I’m just a better athlete, and I know in my heart that I would never lose to a sucker, and he’s a sucker. ‘Oh, the referee didn’t like me.’ They ain’t got nothing to do with the scoring of a fight. I’m here now. He fears me, and he fears everything about me. I’m a threat to him.”
I’m getting fired up just reading those comments and watching the videos of the two fighters going face to face. When you add bad blood to the mix, it makes a fight very compelling.
Can Charlo Recapture His Title?
Last year, I thought Charlo should’ve won the fight. This weekend, I believe he will. Charlo is the more technically sound fighter of the two. He also has a more impressive resume with some big wins in his career. Harrison has a few losses to questionable talent.
Harrison will have the height and reach advantage, but I don’t see that coming into play this weekend. In all honesty, I believe this is going to be Charlo’s fight to lose. He was disrespectful and dismissive in their first fight and it cost him. He didn’t do enough to win convincingly.
This weekend, he will win via TKO/KO. Charlo is going to put on the pressure and push Harrison to his limits. From there, I think he will connect some shots that test Harrison’s chin early and often. Keep in mind, Harrison has lost two fights via TKO/KO.
We are going to see the best version of Charlo on Saturday night and I see him taking back his belt.
Final Thoughts on This PBC Boxing Card
With the cancellation of the Rigondeaux fight, this card took a massive hit in entertainment value and in-ring action. Although fighters like Efe Ajagba, Andre Dirrell and Carlos Balderas have some name recognition, the card lacks depth beyond the main event.
With that said, I expect this main event fight between Harrison and Charlo to be very exciting. These two men fought one year ago and Harrison pulled off a big upset victory over the previously unbeaten champ. Charlo will be out for revenge. The trash talking between these two has also added more fuel to the fire.
There’s not a lot of betting options available for this card. The main event is the most appealing of the available wagers due to Harrison being listed as the underdog.
Full PBC on FOX Card
The following boxing card is according to ESPN:
- (c)Tony Harrison vs Jermell Charlo in a12 round WBC junior middleweight title fight
- Efe Ajagba vs Iago Kiladze in a 10 round heavyweight clash
- Jhack Tepora vs Oscar Escandon in a 10 round junior lightweight contest
- Andre Dirrell vs Juan Ubaldo Cabrera in a 10 round super middleweight fight
- Hugo Centeno Jr. vs Juan Macias Montiel in a 10 round middleweight bout
- Eimantas Stanionis vs Julio Cesar Sanchez in an 8 round welterweight clash
- Karlos Balderas vs Rene Tellez Giron in an 8 round lightweight contest
- Adrian Taylor vs German Perez in a 6 round heavyweight fight
- Anthony Flagg vs Jamarcus Warren in a 6 round light heavyweight bout
- Raymond Guajardo vs Donnis Reed in a 6 round junior middleweight clash
- Yovani Rodarte vs Eduardo Rafael Reyes in a 6 round lightweight bout
- Jerry Perez vs Tyrone Luckey in a 6 round junior lightweight contest
- Justin Cardona vs Archie Weah in a 4 round lightweight bout
- Petr Khamukov vs Maceo Crowder in a 4 round middleweight fight
ONTARIO, California -- Jermell Charlo regained his WBC junior middleweight title in dramatic fashion Saturday by stopping Tony Harrison in the 11th round of a hard-fought, competitive affair at Toyota Arena in Ontario, California.
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'I got the belt back and I didn't leave it up to the judges,' Charlo said. 'Tony is a former champion. He had a lot on the line. I dominated and I knocked him out.'
Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) lost this title to Harrison (28-3, 21 KOs) last year in what was his first professional defeat. It was a bitter experience for the boisterous native of Houston, who believed he was done wrong by the judges that night.
The rematch was an interesting contrast to their initial matchup, which saw Harrison move around the ring liberally, using his legs to navigate the perimeter of the ring. This time around, Harrison was much more willing to stand his ground and push Charlo back.
Although Charlo scored a second-round knockdown of Harrison from a left hook in a heated exchange, for the next few rounds, he was neutralized by the smooth boxing of Harrison, who also found success on the inside and was consistently beating Charlo to the body with the left hook. He showed for large segments of this fight that what took place last December was no fluke.
The second half of Saturday's fight saw both boxers battle on mostly even terms. There was a certain tension in the air as it was clear that this contest was going to come down to the wire.
In the 11th round, with the fight hanging in the balance, Harrison -- who had taunted Charlo a few times by gyrating his body to mock his punching power -- was stunned by a left hook that eventually sent him down near Charlo's corner. It was at this time that the momentum had clearly swung in Charlo's direction. After taking the mandatory eight-count from referee Jack Reiss, Harrison was swarmed by a series of punches from a hard-charging Charlo. As he slumped to the canvas, Charlo, believing the fight had been waved off, climbed atop his corner rope in jubilation.
The only problem was that Reiss had allowed the fight to continue, despite Charlo's celebrations and members of the California State Athletic Commission acting as if they thought the fight was over as well.
But Charlo would gather himself and home in on Harrison again. After one final barrage, the fight was called at 2 minutes, 28 seconds of the 11th.
'I let him know that the power was real,' Charlo said. '2020 is going to be real. It's going to get loud.'
At the time of the stoppage, two judges had Charlo up by the score of 96-93, while the other had Harrison on top 95-94.
'I started getting a little lax and got caught,' Harrison said afterward. 'He earned it. I hate it, but he earned it. The game plan was to do a little boxing. But taking a year off, my body wasn't used to it. He earned it and no excuses, I got caught slipping.'
It wasn't easy, but Charlo is now a two-time world champion. And while Harrison might have earned his respect as a fighter, there are still some harsh feelings between the two.
'Listen, I'm a gentleman at the end of the day. I showed my respect, but at the end of the day -- I don't like the dude,' Charlo said. 'He can get it again, but I'm off to bigger and better things. I'm down for making history. He held the title too long and I had to come back and get it.'
Ajagba stops Kiladze in fifth round
In what was a memorable heavyweight slugfest, Efe Ajagba (12-0, 10 KOs) remained undefeated as he overcame the spirited effort of Iago Kiladze (26-5-1, 18 KOs), scoring a fifth-round stoppage in a bout that saw both fighters hit the deck.
There's no doubting the power of Ajagba, who throws a heavy right hand as his weapon of choice. While both boxers were throwing right crosses, it was Ajagba whose salvos were shorter and more compact. In the second round, he sent Kiladze down with that particular punch to gain early control of the proceedings.
In the following round, he again staggered Kiladze, who wobbled on his feet but somehow stayed upright. As Ajagba went in to follow up, he was struck by a counter right hand that sent him to the floor. The crowd inside Toyota Arena was being treated to a modern-day version of George Foreman-Ron Lyle.
'When I got knocked down, I didn't see the punch coming,' Ajagba said. 'I tried to hit him with the left hook and that's when I got caught.'
After a relatively subdued Round 4, Ajagba once again started to assert himself by coming forward, and it was another huge right hand that sent Kiladze to the canvas. To his credit, he was able to rise -- bringing a loud ovation from the fans he had quickly won over with his show of heart -- and gamely tried to fight on, even though Ajagba was overwhelming him.
His corner had seen enough, and threw in the towel at 2:09 of the fifth.
For Ajagba, it was a valuable learning experience.
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'I made some mistakes, but I will go back to the gym and work on it,' he said. 'I'll do better next time.'
Giron shocks Balderas in six rounds
In a stunning upset, lightweight Rene Tellez Giron handed Karlos Balderas the first loss of his career by stopping him in six rounds. Balderas (9-1, 8 KOs), from Santa Maria, California, had represented the United States in the 2016 Olympics and was considered one of the sport's best prospects coming out of the amateur ranks.
Jermell Charlo Vs Harrison
But on this night, he simply could not stop the left hook of Giron (14-1, 8 KOs), who was short in stature but more than willing to walk through the fast, flashy punches of Balderas to get inside. While not as skilled, Giron proved to be crafty in his own right, and he found ways to crank up his left hook consistently and land on Balderas, who often simply didn't bring his right hand up enough to deflect that oncoming punch.
Late in the third, a blistering hook from Giron sent Balderas crashing to the canvas. Visibly dazed and disoriented, Balderas rose unsteadily to his feet. When asked by referee Ray Corona to walk toward him with his hands up, he instead staggered backward with his hands by his side to the neutral corner. Yet instead of waving the fight off, Corona allowed Balderas to be saved by the bell in a baffling ruling.
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The next few rounds saw the two battle on relatively even terms until late in Round 6, when another left hook struck Balderas in the face and sent him to the floor for the second time. This time around, as he got to his feet, Corona decided he had seen enough and waved off the fight at 2:59 of the round.
'After I knocked him down in the third round, I saw his eyes were rolled back like he was hurt, but he has the heart of a lion,' Giron said. 'He didn't want to lose his undefeated record in front of his people. When he got up, I was like, 'Wow! He got up! He's up!' So I kept on him and left everything in the ring.
'I'm really happy. Karlos had said he fought with the best and he was an Olympian. Well, I fought a lot of people, too, and you see the result.'