WBC Middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) warned Dennis Hogan (28-3-1, 7 KOs) that this would happen.
“If I land on Hogan flush, he’s going to sleep,” said Charlo during the lead up of their contest.
He wasn’t lying.
Charlo landed flush in the fourth round and down went Hogan. He quickly got to his feet and weathered a ridiculous storm afterwards. Hogan continued to get caught coming in but he showed ridiculous heart and a great chin as well.
For the next few rounds, Hogan did a great job of turning the bout into a boxing match rather than a fire fight. He wasn’t winning any of the rounds, but he was making it pretty competitive at the very least. In the seventh however, his chin just couldn’t hold up anymore.
During the seventh round, Charlo landed one hell of a left hook that sent Hogan to the deck again. He seemed to be in real trouble, but he staggered to his feet. The referee asked him to step forward but he just could not comply with the instructions.
As the referee asked Hogan if he was alright, Charlo stood right there swinging his left hand in a circle as if to say “I dare you to come out for more.” Hogan didn’t and the contest was over.
There might be a few who will look to discredit Charlo for his huge knockout win. Hogan after all, was moving up one division.
With that being said, Charlo deserves full credit for what he was able to pull off tonight. Hogan has campaigned at Middleweight in the past and has fought as high as 175.
In Hogan’s last ring appearance he seemingly defeated former WBO Jr. Middleweight champion Jaime Munguia. For what it’s worth, Munguia has a similar build as Charlo.
That seemed to motivate Charlo as he made sure it was not a competitive contest tonight. At 30-0 now, the future looks extremely bright for the WBC Middleweight champion.
Jermall Charlo Final Grade: A
Sure, Dennis Hogan was moving up in weight, but he did just give Jaime Munguia all he can handle in his last ring appearance.
Jermall Charlo looked poised and sharp in the ring. There is a reason why other Middleweight fighters hesitate to jump in the ring with him.