Charlo downs Jackson to make history

Charlo downs Jackson to make history

LOS ANGELES – Jermell Charlo made boxing history after scoring an eighth-round knockout of John Jackson in Las Vegas to claim the vacant World Boxing Council super-welterweight title.

Super welterweight boxer Jermell Charlo poses with members of his camp after beating John Jackson to win the vacant WBC title on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas

Charlo joins twin brother Jermall Charlo as a reigning world champion in the 154-pound (69.8kg) category — the first time twin siblings have owned world titles in the same weight division.

The 26-year-old Jermell Charlo was trailing on all three judges scorecards after the first seven rounds against the skillful Jackson, but unleashed a brutal series of punches to score a knockout in the eighth round.

Charlo, who had caught Jackson flush on the chin with a left hook in the fifth round, connected with another stinging blow to his opponent’s head early in the eighth round.

A stunned Jackson appeared dazed by the shot, and turned away from Charlo, who moved in for the kill, sending his opponent crashing into the ropes with a two powerful left hooks to the head.

Referee Tony Weeks halted the fight to prevent Jackson suffering further punishment.

“It’s history, we did it,” a delighted Charlo said.

“I’m waiting on my brother next,” added Charlo, who improved to 28-0 with 13 knockouts.

Jermall Charlo, 23-0 with 18 knockouts, is to fight on the same card later Saturday.

Charlo defends his defends his International Boxing Federation crown against former champion Austin Trout.

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