HOUSTON – Jermell Charlo was matched the toughest of all the young prospects on the Erik Morales-Danny Garcia undercard, so it speaks well to his potential that he scored the most impressive victory among the non-televised supporting bouts to the HBO Championship Boxing show.
The Houston native iced spoiler Chris Chatman with a single right hand in the third round of their scheduled 10-round junior middleweight bout, electrifying the early crowd at Reliant Arena.
The knockout was a strong statement for Charlo (17-0, 8 knockouts) because Chatman was not a journeyman-level fighter. The muscular southpaw from Chicago has upset his share of up-and-comers, never been knocked out and had only lost to undefeated prospect and world amateur champ Demetrius Andrade via competitive decision.
Charlo, a tall and rangy junior middleweight prospect, had difficulty landing his jab and power shots against the unorthodox southpaw in the first two rounds. However, he remained patient, avoided Chatman’s quirky rushes with nice footwork, and finally found his range a minute into the third when he connected with a huge compact right cross. Chatman (10-2-1, 5 KOs) was laid out flat on his back but somehow beat referee Gary Simmons 10 count. However, Simmons wisely waved it off as Chatman was in no condition to continue.
Irish lightweight prospect Jamie Kavanagh extended his unbeaten record with a bloody, hard-fought fifth-round stoppage of rugged and willing Cesar Cisneros. Kavanagh (9-0-1, 4 KOs), of Hollywood, Calif., dropped Cisneros in the first round, rocked him at the end of the fourth and heaped punishment on the game Sarasota, Fla.-based journeyman until the referee waved the fight off at 2:28 of the round.
Kavanagh incurred a nasty cut by his right eye early in the bout but Cisneros (3-4-2, 1 KO) suffered a worse gash (and bump) near his left eye a round later. The two lightweight traded freely in rounds four and five, but Kavanagh’s better technique and combination punching consistently got the better of his opponent.
Lanard Lane, of Houston, dominated Milton Ramos, of Waco, Texas, en route to an eighth-round stoppage in a scheduled eight-round welterweight bout. Lane (13-1, 8 KOs) dropped Ramos (7-3-2) with big right hand in the sixth and stepped up his pressure (and punishment) in the final round, forcing the referee to wave the fight off at 1:34 of the eighth.
Jermall Charlo, the brother of Jermell, improved his undefeated record with a one-sided beating of tough-but-limited Shawn Wilson. Charlo (9-0, 5 KOs), a tall and rangy junior middleweight prospect with good technique, dropped Wilson (5-9, 1 KO), of La Vista, Neb., with an uppercut in the first round and scored two body shot knockdowns in the fifth before the drubbing was finally halted at 2:21 of that round.
In the opening bout of the Golden Boy Promotions card, Florida amateur standout Daquan Arnett (2-0, 1 KO), of Orlando, blasted out aggressive Fabian Cancino (0-4) with a single uppercut at 1:51 of the first round.