BATTLING suspicions that he had lost his edge, super-welterweight contender Jermell Charlo, from Houston, Texas, shot back at sceptics with a vicious third-round knockout of Mexican fall guy Jorge Cota at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Indeed, there is nothing quite like a viral-worthy KO over a no-hoper to get the feelgood vibes flowing again. Of course, it wasn’t supposed to be this way.
Originally, Charlo was slated to face WBC super-welterweight champion Tony Harrison, who snatched the title from him last December via a controversial points decision. But the rematch was waylaid after the Detroit-based Harrison suffered an ankle injury during training camp, forcing him to pull out of the fight.