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Jermall Charlo cruised to an easy victory Saturday night at NRG Arena in Houston, but the WBC middleweight champion could not score the knockout he was looking for. Charlo won a unanimous decision by scores of 120-108 (x2) and 119-109. SportsMap.com scored the bout 118-110 in favor of Charlo.
The Alief native looked like the bigger, stronger man from the opening bell. However Charlo (29-0, 21 KO) seemed to struggle with Adams' awkward style. Charlo consistently landed the harder, cleaner punches, but never seemed to hurt Adams (21-3, 13 KO,) who displayed an amazing chin in defeat.
The fight was a big step-up in competition for Adams, who went 12 rounds for the first time in his career. Adams looked completely overmatched at the beginning of the fight, seeming to be satisfied with merely surviving. As the fight went on Adams seemed to get more comfortable in the ring, working behind a loopy, range-finding jab to score some points despite losing most rounds.
"Of course I wanted to knock him out," Charlo said. "That's what we do. That's what we train for. I didn't get the knockout. My brother gave me and A though, so I'm happy with that."
Charlo was the main aggressor in the ring, leading Adams around and often pinning him in the corners. He was at his best when he could bully Adams into the corners and score points with body shots and uppercuts. Charlo said that he hurt his hand early in the fight, which could have been a reason for his performance.
"I've never fought with a hurt hand before. Ever. Adversity is everything," Charlo said.
After the fight Charlo talked about his desire to fight one of the big names of the middleweight division, specifically Canelo Alvarez.
"Canelo's gotta fight me sooner or later," Charlo said. "He cannot retire without fighting me."
Charlo, who is aligned with Showtime, is the only one of the four big players in the middleweight division that doesn't regularly fight on streaming service DAZN. Because of this Charlo has had difficulty getting the big fight he wants at 160 lbs.
The official attendance at NRG Arena was 6,408, announced as a sellout.
LUBIN ROLLS IN ELIMINATOR
Junior middleweight contender Erickson Lubin (21-1, 16 KO) earned a spot as the mandatory challenger for the WBC title in dismantling Zakaria Attou (29-7-2, 7 KO) via fourth a fourth round technical knockout. Lubin started the fight by feeling out Attou, who looked technically deficient compared to Lubin from the opening bell. By round two Lubin was landing flush left crosses that were pushing Attou back to the ropes.
In round four Lubin unleashed a flurry of punches that send Attou to the canvas. He beat the count and wanted to continue but his corner threw in the towel, stopping the fight. The victory means Lubin is in line to eventually face Tony Harrison for the WBC title.
MARRERO HANGS ON TO BEAT RAMIREZ
In the opening bout of the television card featherweight Claudio Marrero (24-3, 17 KO) started hot and did enough in the closing rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory over Eduardo Ramirez (22-2-3, 9 KO.) Judges scored the fight 115-113, 116-112 and 118-110, all in favor of Marrero. SportsMap.com scored the fight 115-113 for Marrero.
Marrero was the obvious aggressor early in the fight but Ramirez's grinding, inside style seemed to tire out Marrero as the fight wore on. Many rounds were close with both fighters trading many body-based combinations.
The Houston Texans came up short against the Panthers on Sunday, and now everyone wants to rehash the best QB in the draft debate.
Bryce Young played better than CJ Stroud, and the numbers indicated that as well. Stroud only threw for 140 yards, and Young recorded 235 passing yards. Both had one touchdown, Bryce threw one and Stroud ran one in. However, let's keep things in perspective. These stat lines are nothing to write home about.
But this one game has people like Skip Bayless coming out and proclaiming Bryce Young as the best quarterback in the 2023 draft class. And who knows, that may end up being the case.
It is funny, though, we didn't hear much from the Bryce truthers when he was losing six straight games to start his career. While CJ Stroud has been the favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year practically all season. They also fail to mention Stroud has almost 600 more passing yards, and a far superior touchdown to interception ratio. Oh, and Stroud led the Texans to victories over the Steelers (4-3), Saints (4-4), and Jaguars (6-2). Young has one win over the 3-4 Texans.
Instead, Skip shows three passes from this one game to prove that Bryce is better than CJ. Typical Skip.
Thankfully Keyshawn Johnson gets it. He talks about the body of work being more important than one game. He's not going to let one performance skew his opinion on any player.
And to be fair, CJ wasn't terrible. He didn't turn the ball over and cost the team a win.
He just picked a bad week to underperform. And now we have to hear from people like Skip. Ugh.