Following last weekend's world title action, we have updated our professional boxing world champions list. The main movers last weekend were Scotland's Ricky Burns who captured the WBA (Regular) world super-lightweight title by stopping Italian Michelle Di Rocco, and also Liverpool's Tony Bellew - who won the WBC crusierweight title by knocking out Illunga Makabu at Goodison Park in front…
The Charlo Boxing Twins Make History
Jermall and Jermell Charlo made history this weekend as the first twins to hold versions of a world title in the same weight division.
Saturday night all round the world was a great night for boxing, unless you where at the 02, which judging by everyone’s reaction wasn’t worth the £50 admin fee.
Though I do want to say congrats to ‘Smokin’ Joe Mullender and Lee ‘Banjo’ Markham on a really entertaining fight.
Over the pond and to Las Vegas, and a great night of boxing that had three (depending who you ask) light-Middleweight title fights on, with two twins ready to go to war for two different versions of the honours.
The most talked about of the night was the Charlo twins and the fact that they could be making history, but everyone didn’t forget the fact that three world titles where on the line and three explosive fights were about to take place.
First up was Jermell for the WBC strap. Down on all cards, it looked like the party was going to be spoiled straight away.
But a left hook in the 5th started the chain of events that saw Jackson stunned early in the 8th. Jackson was dazed and Jermell moved in with a flurry of punches that was enough to convince referee Tony Weeks to stop the fight.
Jermell screamed afterwards:
“We did it! It’s history.”
Jermell then sat ringside to watch his brother Jermall defend his IBF strap. Jermall fought a tough 12 rounds against Austin Trout, but came out on top with a small margin (115-113) on two cards, and a slightly bigger margin on the other (116-112).
Both fighters in the ring afterwards celebrated the historical moment, and Jermall said:
“I want to thank God for allowing me, and my twin brother to see this day baby. History baby. It feels good.”
In the third fight of the night at 154lbs, Erislandy Lara fought Vanes Martirosyan, who had fought to a controversial draw in Los Angles in 2012 – but this time Lara went one better and won on a unanimous decision (115-113 on two cards and 116-111 on another).
The super welterweight division is heating up worldwide, and Britain’s Liam Smith was on social media talking about potential title unifications straight after.
Here’s highlights via Showtime of how history was made last night in Las Vegas: