In a tremendous all-action slugfest, Cuban Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KO’s) of Houston, Texas, overcame two knockdowns to capture the vacant WBA Interim Super Welterweight World Championship with an exciting 10th-round technical knockout of Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) of Los Angeles. In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated Jermell Charlo (21-0, 10 KO’s), of Houston, registered a close, unanimous 12-round decision win over Demetrius Hopkins (33-3-1, 13 KO’s) of Philadelphia, Pa. The tactical match was scored 115-13 on all three judges’ scorecards.
Like the main event, the Lara-Angulo affair was halted as well, after Angulo turned his back after being hit above the left eye and suffering a reported broken orbital bone. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. signaled the end of the fight with Lara ahead 85-84 on two of the judges’ scorecards and Angulo ahead 86-83 on the other.
“Angulo started tough but I hung in there,” said Lara, who overcame knockdowns in the fourth and ninth rounds. “I knew I was still in the fight after I got knocked down. I knew I was still winning.”
Charlo captured Hopkins’ USBA Junior Middleweight Championship and retained his WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight Championship in the close victory.
“He was hard to hit, hard to get to,” Charlo told SHOWTIME’S Jim Gray after the fight with the nephew of legendary, all-time great Bernard Hopkins. He later added: “I got hit with a lot of Bernard Hopkins-type head butts.”
Earlier on SHOWTIME EXTREME, former WBA Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Johan Perez (17-1-1, 12 KO’s) of Caracas, Venezuela, handed previously undefeated Yoshihiro Kamegai (22-1-1, 19 KO’s) of Sapporo, Japan, the first loss of his career with a 10-round unanimous decision to win the vacant WBA International welterweight belt. The judges scored it 100-90, 98-92 and 97-93.
In a heavyweight scrap, former USC football player Gerald Washington (8-0, 5 KO’s) of Los Angeles made his national television debut, winning an eight-round unanimous decision over veteran Sherman Williams (35-13-2, 19 KO’s) of Vero Beach, Fla. Washington won by 79-72 on all three judges’ cards.
Also on SHOWTIME EXTREME, fight fans got a good look at 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (6-1, 3 KO’s) of South El Monte, Calif. Diaz won by technical knockout over Rigoberto Casillas (8-11-1, 6 KO’s) of San Diego, who did not come out for the fourth and final round in the featherweight contest.
Brian Kenny hosted the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, while Mauro Ranallo called the action and Bernstein and Malignaggi served as expert analysts with Gray reporting. Barry Tompkins called the SHOWTIME EXTREME action with Farhood serving as expert analyst. For SAP, Alejandro Luna called the blow-by-blow and Raul Marquez served as color commentator.
The executive producer was David Dinkins Jr. with Bob Dunphy directing.
Saturday’s tripleheader on SHOWTIME will re-air this week the first time on:
Tuesday, June 13, at 10 p.m. ET/PT SHOWTIME EXTREME
The night of fights will be available ON DEMAND beginning today, Sunday, June 9.