By Steve Sturges: Undefeated Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) showed off some newfound punching power in knocking out #2 WBC 154lb contender John Jackson (20-3, 15 KOs) in the 8th round of their scheduled 12 round fight for the vacant World Boxing Council junior middleweight title on Saturday night at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. J
ackson, the son for former KO artist Julian Jackson, got caught by a perfect right hand from the 26-year-old Charlo in the 8th while backed up against the ropes. Jackson was out on his feet after getting hit by the shot. He was defenseless for Charlo’s follow up left hand to the head that sent him dangling over the ropes with his face on the audience side of the ropes. Jackson was completely out cold. Referee Tony Weeks waived the count and had to help Jackson. The fight was stopped at 0:51 of the 8th.
This was Jackson’s second brutal knockout loss in the last two years. He was knocked completely out by Andy Lee in 2014 in a fight he was winning. Jackson might want to consider either retiring or taking a long, long break from the sport so that he can make sure he’s okay. After Jackson’s loss to Lee, it was surprising that he was given a high ranking by the WBC and put in with Charlo last night.
Losing the way Jackson did against Lee shouldn’t lead to getting shots at vacant titles. The WBC did Jackson no favors by having him fight a guy that his chin arguably wasn’t ready for.
Jackson was in control of the fight through the first seven rounds. I thought he was doing a good job by moving and throwing fast combinations. Where things started to go downhill for Jackson was in round six. He wasn’t throwing as many punches and was just moving. Charlo got the better of Jackson in the 6th. In the 7th, Jackson threw enough punches to win the round, but it was definitely close. He was getting hit more because he wasn’t letting his hands go like he had in rounds one through five.