The rematch between Detroiter Tony Harrison and Jermell Charlo has been officially announced.
The two rivals are set to fight for the WBC junior middleweight title once more. This time, it will headline a PBC on Fox broadcast from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on June 23. The fight is a rematch of their first bout from December 2018 in Brooklyn, New York, which also was televised on Fox.
In that first bout, Harrison scored an upset victory over Charlo by a very narrow margin on the scorecards, winning with scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112. The two fighters immediately called for a rematch, especially Charlo, who had aspirations of unifying the WBC title with Jarrett Hurd’s WBA and IBF titles. With the loss to Harrison, both Charlo and Hurd chose other paths before they can think about making the three-belt unification a reality.
Harrison is in the midst of his first world title reign in the pro ranks. After losing to Hurd in 2017 for the then-vacant IBF title, Harrison worked his way back up to title contention with three straight wins leading up to his win over Charlo. Entering their matchup last December, Charlo was making his fourth world title defense.
Harrison, 28, became the first fighter from Detroit to win a world title in the weight division since fellow Kronk Gym fighter Thomas “Hitman” Hearns held the belt in the 1980s. He hails from the city’s west side and Mumford High School and has his SuperBad Boxing Gym at 8701 Puritan Avenue.