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Charlo stops Alcine
By Vikram Birring at ring side for Dog House Boxing (Nov 2, 2015)

Jermell Charlo
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Jermell Charlo promised his hometown Houston fans a knockout against former world champion Joachim Alcine, and he delivered.

Despite firing his trainer, local legend Ronnie Shields, and replacing him with the relatively unknown Derrick James of Dallas, best known for grooming red-hot prospect Errol Spence, the 25 year old Charlo (27-0, 12 KO) boxed the first five rounds in his typical cautious style. Finally, in the sixth round a right uppercut sent the 39 year old Haitian-Canadian to the canvas. Alcine (35-8-2, 21 KO) rose on unsteady legs, but Charlo battered him so severely that the ring doctor jumped on the apron demanding the bout be stopped, forcing referee Jon Schorle to stop the bout. Official time was one minute and thirty-one seconds.

After the bout, Charlo demanded that the allegedly retired Floyd Mayweather vacate the WBC belt at 154 pounds so other boxers had a chance to succeed in their careers. Charlo’s twin brother Jermall won the IBF title last month with a show-stopping knockout of grizzled veteran Cornelius Bundrage.

In the co-main event, Detroit’s Tony Harrison (22-1, 18 KO) had a déjà vu moment: after dominating the first eight rounds with a slick boxing performance, his opponent Cecil McCalla (20-3, 7 KO) stunned him with a right hand. In his last fight four months ago, Harrison was a heavily favored 25 year old undefeated prospect ahead on the scorecards before being staggered and stopped in the ninth round against Cleveland’s Willie Nelson. This time, Harrison managed to survive, but not before being sent reeling around the ring multiple times in the last six minutes, despite landing a few counter punches of his own. Harrison piled up enough points in the first eight rounds to win 100-90 and 98-92 twice, but the questions about his chin linger on.

In the top bout of the undercard, local prospect Devonte Williams (9-0, 5 KO), brother of lightweight contender Hylon Williams Jr., won a tight six round decision against spirited opponent Rick Graham (3-10-2, 1 KO) of Detroit, who gave him all he could handle and then some. Williams tried to control the action with his boxing skills, but Graham managed to land some haymakers from time to time, awakening the sparse audience each time. When the cards were announced, 57-57, 58-56, and 59-55 with Williams the winner, the crowd booed, but Williams continues his quest to reach greater heights.

In related news, the aforementioned Hylon Williams Jr. will be facing the dazzling Cuban boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa December 19 in Verona, New York, at the Turning Stone Casino.

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