Charlo, Miller & Garcia All Victorious at Barclays Saturday Night: Why They Are Future of Boxing (Video)Read Now
BSO was live ringside Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the Adrien Broner v Mikey Garcia card. There were three fights in particular that stood out to us, and if you’re a fan of boxing the future of the sport looks bright.
Jermall Charlo, former middleweight champion moved up to 160 and fought Jorge Sebastian Heiland. If you call it a fight. Charlo had no trouble moving up in weight and throughly thrashed Heiland. The ref stopped the fight with :47 left in the 4th after Heiland hit the canvas. Charlo, whose identical twin Jermell is also a champion boxer, was comfortable throughout and is poised to continue to make noise. What makes Jermall special is his fearlessness and willingness to take on all comers.
We often harken back to the days of the “golden age” of boxing. The class division had names like Leonard, Hearns, Hagler and Duran. What made them special was their willingness to fight everyone and take on all comers. Charlo is a throwback in that regard. With last night’s win he becomes the mandatory challenger for Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
Listen to him in the post fight presser.
Heavyweight contender and Brooklyn’s own Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller has the personality and the chops to be a star in the sport. Big Baby took on Gerald Washington in a battle of heavy punching behemoths. Baby won by TKO in the 8th round and had a game plan and stuck to it. He consistently came forward and had Washington on his heels all night using both hands to pound on the taller Washington.
The pivotal moment of the fight came in the 6th round when Washington, down on points on all cards, came out swinging. He unleashed a heavy barrage of rights and lefts on Baby, but Washington’s punching power didn’t seem to affect Baby. At least not enough to knock him down. At the halfway point in said 6th, Baby flipped the script and dominated the rest of the round. Washington’s corner threw in the towel before the start of the 8th.
I asked Baby about his ability to take punches, and he said he works on a specific drill where for 3 to 4 minutes he gets rocked with punches in training to prepare him. He also credits his training in Muay Thai as a kickboxer with helping him get ready for the biggest challenges.
In the scrum just outside the locker rooms after his win, Baby talked about playing Super Mario and going to Coney Island this summer. This is a Brooklyn kid with a bright future who just might have a chance at following in the footsteps of other great Brooklyn boxing champs.
In the lead up to the Broner v Garcia bout, AB was doing all the talking as he is want to do. AB stated his trademark “all about billions” and played the heel to not quite perfection.
As for the fight, Garcia won it going away. He consistently stalked Broner all fight long and had AB back on his heels. Broner’s strategy of throwing less punches works, if your defense is Mayweather-esque. His defense was not and Garcia threw and landed a ton more punches. The fight went the distance and with AB down on all cards and needing a KO in the final round to win, he came out blazing. He was able to land some good punches and showcase some of the skills that made him a champion boxer. But in the end, it was too little too late.
Garcia outclassed him from the opening bell and showed what a good technical boxer he is. He may not have the personality that a lot of the boisterous guys do. But he backs it up where it counts, in the ring. Garcia is another one, like Charlo, who isn’t backing down from any challenger. Anyone that wants to fight, he’s ready to make it happen.
See Garcia’s post fight presser.