BROOKLYN, NY — WBC titlist Jermell Charlo ended an 11-month sabbatical with a one-sided technical knockout over Charles Hatley at the Barclays Center.
After suffering a cut above the left eye from a head clash in round two, Charlo took over by controlling Hatley with a stiff jab and right hands that exploited the challenger’s dangerous habit of moving straight back into punches.
A simple 1-2 floored Hatley in the third. Charlo upped the pressure and by the sixth, Hatley was forced to exchange just to survive. Hatley’s wide punches proved to be his undoing as Charlo drilled him with a straight right that ended the bout with a face-first knockdown.
The win is Charlo’s first defense of the WBC title he won last May against John Jackson. Charlo named IBF title-holder Jarrett Hurd as a potential next opponent.