WBC super-welterweight champion Jermell Charlo scored a massive first round knockout over previously undefeated contender Erickson Lubin on Saturday night in New York.
In a bout many were tipping Lubin for a potential upset, Charlo landed the only telling punch of the opening round and completely took any equilibrium from the challenger.
The first session was heading for a 10-10 round due to the lack of action until Charlo unleashed an inconspicuous uppercut to devastating effect on Lubin’s jaw.
Lubin lay prone sideways on the canvas and was unable to gather his senses, giving referee Harvey Dock no choice but to wave the fight off.
Charlo was calling out all the other champions in the division in a hyped interview in the aftermath, although it surely can’t be too much longer until ‘Iron Man’ joins his twin brother Jermall at the middleweight limit.
In the Showtime opener, Austin Trout gave his all for ten rounds but was ultimately saved from further punishment as his left eye closed in the later stages of a bout with Jarrett Hurd.
‘No Doubt’ started the better against the IBF super-welterweight title holder but gassed badly in the second half of the contest as Hurd took the fight away from him.
The better conditioning, coupled with age proved to be the difference between the two warriors, who entertained the crowd for ten brutal rounds.
Eventually, a ringside physician took the decision to end it from Trout and his corner to hand Hurd a successful maiden defense of his 154 crown.
At the end, both boxers displayed the scars of trench warfare from an encounter that wouldn’t be out of place going down in history as a pair.