‘Iron Man’ Charlo KOs Hatley to retain WBC crown

Fox in the box – Nenad Krsticic

Jermell ‘Iron Man’ Charlo defeated Charles Hatley in New York on Saturday night to retain his WBC Super welterweight title.

Charlo triumphed in the sixth round via a knockout thanks to a stunning show of power punching against the number one challenger.

After an even couple of opening rounds, Charlo began to get on top and floored Hatley in the third with a huge right-hand shot. The challenger recovered but the champion continued to dominate before making his superior power count in the sixth as he poleaxed Hatley with another big right for an easy win.

Charlo moved to 29-0 with 14 KOs.

On the West Coast, Oscar Valdez retained his WBO featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Miguel Marriaga by scores of 119-108, 116-111, 118-109.

Gilberto Ramirez returned from injury with a win, taking a dominant 12-round decision over Max Bursak to defend his WBO super middleweight belt.

Ramirez was on top throughout the fight, using his bigger frame to dominate Mursak, who was penalised twice for holding.

All three judges scored the fight 1120-106 in Ramirez’s favour as he completed his first fight since injuring his right hand a year ago.

Earlier on the same card, Jessie Magdaleno scored an easy victory in the first defence of his WBO super bantamweight title, finishing off Adeilson Dos Santos within two rounds.

The fight ended midway through round two when Magdaleno landed a sharp left, followed by a right hook to floor Dos Santos, who never recovered.

In Leicester, Avtandil Khurtsidze won the interim WBO middleweight title with a fifth round knockout of Tommy Langford.

Khurtsidze and Langford traded some good work, with the taller Englishman statring strongly and using his reach advantage only for the Georgian to hit back with some powerful shots of his own.

Langford was visibly tiring in the fifth when Khurtsidze caught him with a massive left hook and went down. He got back up but the referee decided to stop the fight as Langford was still struggling.

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