During the build-up a fight you can trash talk to the highest level you want, but after all the punches thrown and done, it’s time to show what the word sportsmanship is all about.
Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) was booed by the California boxing fans present at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, Saturday night after he knockout Julian Williams in Round 5 of their junior middleweight title clash live on Showtime.
Julian Williams (22-1-1, 14 KOs) went to Charlo’s corner to show sportsmanship. But Charlo and his corner refused to accept it. It was too late then when they realized that it wasn’t the right reaction. Then Charlo went to Williams’ corner to extend his gesture of sportsmanship, but this time it was Williams and his team declined. There was a little commotion going on, but it was obvious that Charlo was in the negative end as the California fans booed in unison.
Charlo remained undefeated and successfully defended the junior middleweight title for the fourth time since capturing it in September last year.
It was a chess match early in the fight. Both fighters were too cautious to open up for offense. They were ready to unload heavy counters that could end the fight early. Both men has power to knock each other out. In Round 2, Charlo scored a knockdown. He connected with a solid jab that put down Williams.
In between the fourth and fifth round, Charlo’s trainer Ronnie Shields instructed Charlo to double it up.
“Back him up, back him up with the jab don’t let him rest. Double it up with the right hand and hook right back,” said Shields.
Williams fired a textbook one-two combination from outside that connected to the head of Charlo. But as Williams retracted back his punches, Charlo came back with a huge right uppercut. Williams did not even saw it coming. And boom! Down went Williams.
He managed to get back on his feet, but Charlo was ready to finish him. After the referee signaled to resume the fight, Charlo was all over Williams firing combination at close range and got one clear punch in and that’s it. Williams went down again and the referee did not even bother to count. The referee waived the fight off. The official time: 2:06 in Round 5.
“Sorry my emotions took over me at that time. You know what that’s not me,” Charlo said when Jim Gray ask about his refusal to accept Williams’ handshake.