Issue | Premium | Preview | Jun 18 2019

Jermell Charlo marks time

While Rigondeaux aims to show he hasn’t already run out of it on the Jermell Charlo undercard, writes Elliot Worsell
Jermell Charlo
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A rematch between super-welterweights Tony Harrison and Jermell Charlo was supposed to headline this Sunday’s (June 23) PBC on FOX card at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, but an injury to Harrison put the kibosh on those plans and left Charlo and the card turning to Plan B instead.

Now what we’re left with is a back-up fight between Charlo and Jorge Cota, as well as a WBC super-bantamweight title eliminator between Guillermo Rigondeaux and Julio Ceja, neither of which excite quite like Harrison vs. Charlo but should be intriguing, nonetheless.

Harrison and Charlo were set to renew acquaintances following their first fight last December. Charlo, having surrendered his WBC super-welterweight title, was gunning for revenge, whereas Harrison, a considerable underdog first time around, was eager to show his upset win was no fluke.