Jermall Charlo vs. Brandon Adams
Final Press Conference
Unbeaten middleweight champion Jermall Charlo and
middleweight contender Brandon Adams went face-to-face at
the final press conference Thursday before they square off
this Saturday night in the main event live on SHOWTIME from
NRG Arena in Houston and presented by Premier Boxing
Also facing off at Thursdayís press conference, and
competing in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING action beginning
at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT were super welterweights Erickson
ďHammerĒ Lubin and Franceís Zakaria Attou, who meet in a WBC
title eliminator, plus Mexicoís Eduardo Ramirez and
hard-hitting Claudio Marrero, who compete in a WBA
featherweight title eliminator.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Lions Only
Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be
purchased through Ticketmaster. Charlo vs. Adams is promoted
in association with Banner Promotions and The Tournament of
Here is what the press conference participants had to say
Thursday from the East VIP Club at NRG Stadium:
ďHouston, weíre back. After seven years it feels good to be
home and feel the love that this city gives me. Iím thankful
to Brandon and his team for stepping up and answering the
call. I hope he knows this isnít going to be easy.
ďI plan on delivering something explosive like I always do.
I want to give my fans in Houston and around the world a
show to remember the rest of their lives.
ďI know that Brandon has worked hard with Dub Huntley and
Freddie Roach, but I did the same with Ronnie Shields. The
work is put in, and Iím ready. Iím going to deliver a
ďRight now Iím focused on Brandon Adams and Iíve been
focused on him for the last couple of months. Weíre going to
get the job done Saturday night.
ďI have so much more that I want to show and so much more
than I want to prove in this sport. Ronnie has taught me so
much and weíre here to be explosive and memorable every time
weíre in the ring.
ďThis is a legacy fight for me because I have an opponent
coming to my backyard and Iím not letting him take this
moment from me.
ďBrandon Adams made it to this level, so heís definitely on
my level. This isnít ĎThe Contenderí though, this is ĎThe
Lions Only Showí.
ďAdams has a chance to be able to challenge himself against
me on Saturday. Iím sure this is something that heís looked
forward to. But I didnít get to this point by overlooking
ďIím grateful for the opportunity to be here. Iím looking to
put forth the effort that will make me the new champion and
have my hand raised on Saturday night.
ďI just want to put on a performance. I want us to give the
fans something to remember. I want it to go down in history.
I need that opponent who can help me make history.
ďI believe Jermall is everything that he has shown and
proven to be. Thatís what Iím up against and thatís the kind
of challenge that I want on Saturday.
ďThis fight on Saturday is going to be fireworks. Weíre both
bringing our A-game. I donít get too much into what other
people think. I go by what I believe, and I believe in
myself. I always have and always will.
ďIíve been through a whole lot in my whole life and Iím to
the point where everything is going golden now and Iím
grateful for it. Weíre going to put it all on the table and
all on the line in that ring.
"The object to boxing is to hit and not get hit, any elite
fighter, they do that pretty well. I plan to do that.
Jermall is a champion, you can't take anything from his line
of work and what he has done. But since I am the guy that
hasn't been around, or the guy that people don't know much
about, I have a great opportunity to showcase a little bit
more of who I am. I am excited to do that."
ďIím a fan friendly fighter. Iím looking to become a world
champion on Saturday night and Iím going to leave it all on
the line. Itís one fight at a time and this is the biggest
ďItís an honor to be here back on the big stage. I have a
solid opponent in front of me. Heís coming to fight and take
my spot. Itís my job to run him over.
ďIíve been training for a long grueling fight. I feel like
Iím going to have some physical advantages in the fight, so
it will just be about listening to my corner and picking the
right time to implement our plan.
ďThe (154-pound) division is wide open and some of the top
guys like (Jarrett) Hurd and (Jermell) Charlo have suffered
losses. Now I know Iím back in the mix and may have a shot
to fight for a world title soon if I take care of business
on Saturday night.
ďThis isnít a redemption fight for me because Iím not
fighting a Charlo. But I realize weíre in Houston and this
is their hometown so of course I want to put a good show on
for the fans.
ďItís been a tremendous training camp in Florida with Kevin
Cunningham. Itís my time. Saturday night is ĎHammer Timeí on
ďThis is a great opportunity for me to show off my skills
here in the U.S. on SHOWTIME. As a European champion, I know
Iím the underdog. But Iíve trained hard and I have some
surprises for Erickson Lubin.
ďI have some difficult-to-master skills. I have some good
moves and I want to show and use them. Thatís the kind of
boxer I am.
ďItís great to be here in the U.S but Iím only focused on
winning. Iíve trained very hard, my camp was great and from
my sparring to my trainers, everything went well.
ďI donít need to talk while Iím up here, Iím going to do all
of my talking in the ring on Saturday night.Ē
ďThis is a great opportunity. We didnít come to dance. We
came to fight. I am very prepared to win this for my country
"I know Marrero is a very tough opponent. He has a very
strong punch and likes to attack, but I am very prepared for
whatever he brings into the ring.
"I have been training very hard. I know that he is a lefty
so we have been training with only southpaws in camp. I know
he is a very strong opponent, but I am ready for him.
"I am here to fight, that is what fans want to see. They
want to see us fight not dance. So hopefully I come away
with a victory."
ďIím very prepared for this fight. Iím always ready for war
and Iím going to go to war Saturday night. I hope Ramirez is
prepared as well, because weíre going to have an intense
ďIím glad to be here in Houston for this fight. I want to
thank everyone whoís supporting this event. Itís going to be
a great night of boxing.
"Ramirez talks like he wants to apply the pressure but we
are going to be the ones that will apply the pressure. So
weíll see if he can stand up to it.
"I believe I have the best game plan for Saturday. It's
going to be a strategic type of fight. I'm going to play my
pieces right. I'm going to be aggressive and be right where
I want to be.
"I'm very motivated. Extremely motivated. It's been one of
my best camps of my life and itís going to show on