Charlo twins made boxing history in Las Vegas

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A unique piece of boxing history was made on Saturday night in Las Vegas as Jermell Charlo claimed the vacant IBF Super Welterweight title via an eight round knockout of John Jackson. 

The victory meant that Jermell joined his twin brother Jermall, who holds the WBC Super Welterweight belt, as a world champion in the same division, the first time that such a feat has been achieved.

Jermall then defended his title in the same ring against former champion Austin Trout by unanimous decision to cap off an incredible night for the brothers. 


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The brothers, who hail from Richmond, Texas, are both unbeaten and are just the second set of twins to hold world titles at the same time and the first to hold belts in the same division.

It really is a remarkable story and Jermell, the younger by just a minute, said, "it's history. We did it,".

Later, after his own impressive victory, the elder twin Jermall was equally elated, saying:

"I want to thank God for allowing ‎me and my twin brother to see this day, baby. Woooo! History, baby...It feels good. I knew my brother would get the job done. We belong at this level." 

Jermell Charlo, who was actually trailing on all three judges scorecards at the time of the stoppage, displayed his power and full range of skills in round eight pushing Jackson in to the ropes with a barrage of left hooks which prompted the referee to stop the bout.

Despite having four more fights under his belt and being widely regarded as the better of the two brothers, this was Jermell's first world title fight compared, to his brother's three and he certainly proved his class on an action packed night in Vegas.


Jermall faced a tough opponent himself in Austin Trout, a former world champion who has a victory over Miguel Cotto on his record, but came through a long tasking fight with flying colours.

His height and range were an issue for Trout all night long and he carries plenty of power for his weight which stunned his southpaw opponent on numerous occasions.

The defeat was just the third in the stellar career of Trout who had only previously lost to Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara, who was headlining the bill and successfully his WBA super welterweight title against Vanes Martirosyan. 

The brothers are now firmly focused on adding the WBA and WBO straps to their family collection and fights with current holders Lara and Britain, Liam Smith would certainly be worth watching.

There are plenty of big fights in the division for them aside from Lara and Smith, and although they spar with each other daily, the Brothers have vowed never to fight each other. 

"Everytime I see my brother fight, it makes me sharper. I learn from your mistakes and you learn from my mistakes. Five years from now, we'll have every belt in the division." said Jermall. 

Martirosyan is certainly worthy of a shot at one of the belts and there is the possibility of Canelo returning to what is possibly his natural weight or even Britain's own Kell Brook, who is a big welterweight, stepping up to take on one of the Charlo's. 

Whatever the future holds for the 26-year-olds, what they have already achieved in the sport is nothing short of remarkable and both fighters have the talent to be world champions for a long time. 

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