Max Warren takes a look at tomorrow’s Jermell Charlo and Jorge Cota bout
It was a great disappointment when Detroit native and current WBC Super Welterweight Champion Tony Harrison pulled out of the regularly scheduled fight versus Jermell Charlo due to a right ankle injury suffered during training.
Instead, Charlo will square off against Jorge Cota Sunday June 23rd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cota only received the call about the bout three weeks ago. Since Charlo knocked out Erickson Lubin in the first round, and Lubin made quick work of Cota by stopping him in the 4th back in 2017, logic suggests that Charlo will also knock out Cota.
Cota isn’t coming into the fight with much momentum, having lost his last fight earlier this year against Jeison Rosario. He doesn’t boast any impressive victories. The two times he stepped up in competition, he lost via TKO. He was stopped inside the distance by Mexican middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio, and as mentioned earlier he was knocked out by Lubin in the first. Cota is a respectable late-replacement, but he is no match for Charlo.
The Houston native is angry about Harrison pulling out, and he wants to prove himself on Sunday evening. During Friday’s press conference, Charlo said “I’m ready to fight. I’ve been ready to fight since they robbed me of my title. I want my belt back, and I want every title in the division. This is my moment, and Cota is in my way.”
Charlo loves to load up on power shots, come forward, and go for the knockout. That’s what he will do on Sunday versus Cota. Tony Harrison was elusive enough to evade many of Charlo’s power punches, but Cota doesn’t have remotely the same ring generalship and defense as the Detroit native. Cota will have a difficult time withstanding Charlo’s offense.
Cota was motivated by Andy Ruiz’s upset victory over Anthony Joshua to become the unified heavyweight champion. The Mexican challenger said, “Andy Ruiz had a great victory, and it motivated me a lot heading into this fight. Something similar can happen Sunday with me against Charlo. Ruiz showed me the underdog can win, so I hope that Charlo is prepared for Sunday.”
In all honesty, Ruiz’s victory over Joshua is a unique case, and it doesn’t provide any evidence that future underdogs will have a similar fate. It is merely a source of motivation.
Charlo’s anger and ability will fuel him to knock out Cota early on Sunday evening. Most likely, the Houston native will be the most daunting opponent that Cota has ever faced. Aside from being the less talented fighter, Cota didn’t receive ample time to prepare for such a big challenge.
The bout will end in a quick knockout victory for Charlo that will lead into a rematch against Tony Harrison. After the fight, Charlo will call out Harrison, saying that he was scared to face him and that it is the real reason he pulled out of the regularly scheduled match-up. The two possess a great level of animosity towards each other, and it’s a rematch the fans want. Let’s hope it gets made later this year.