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  Jermall Charlo vs. Brandon Adams
Houston Press Conference

Unbeaten WBC Interim Middleweight Champion and Houston-native Jermall Charlo went face to face with middleweight contender Brandon Adams Thursday at a press conference in Charlos hometown to preview their showdown Saturday, June 29 live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from NRG Arena and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

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 Contenders.

In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event, Charlo will fight in Houston for the first time since 2012, as he looks to further cement his place amongst the middleweight elite against Adams, who shot up the 160-pound rankings by winning the 2018 reboot of The Contender.

Here is what the press conference participants had to say Thursday from Hotel ZaZa Museum District in Houston:


Me and my brother Jermell have been through so much in boxing. Weve been doing it since we were eight-years-old. To make it to this world class level and to do it for Houston, it feels great.

Its going to be fireworks. Im coming for the knockout every time. Houston is hot and the heat is going to be there fight night. Im going to do what I normally do and give the crowd excitement.

Ronnie Shields has changed me from being a kid to realizing who I am as a man in the sport of boxing. Hes had world champions before me so I know he can judge my progression. Hes going to make sure I stay at this level.

Im walking in the ring and Im handling my business. This is definitely a step up fight for Brandon Adams, but Im only worried about what I have to do. Im just going to prepare to be my best. Were going to both give it our all and I will be victorious.

Boxing is about experiences and Im still learning. Im going to have my ups and downs, because no fighter is perfect. But I will always prepare myself well and thats why Im still undefeated. I needed a fight like my last one to get even better.

Im going to finish this fight. My goal is to make quick work of Brandon and show him that there are levels to this. You might be a contender, but its another thing to be a champion.

I get a lot of juice from the hometown crowd. Just having my family there alone is what I really need to get the nerves and excitement to where I need them. Im going to be comfortable and Im going to stick to my game plan. Im not here to make mistakes.

Thus far camp has been great. I feel awesome and Im well prepared. Its an amazing feeling to be fighting in my hometown. Its almost a dream come true to me. To have my own card at this level and on this stage, it shows the support Houston has for me.


I appreciate the opportunity I have to step into the ring with this man across from me. Im super excited about it and I cant wait. These are two top fighters getting in the ring and were going to give the fans a show.

Its not just what I see in Jermall, its what I believe in myself. The combo of working with Dub Huntley and Freddie Roach is perfect. They are both seasoned vets and they teach me something new every day.

I didnt expect my road to be easy because its never been easy for me. Im on the road and I understand that. Im prepared to pack my bags and go wherever I need to, so that I can become what Im supposed to become. The best man will win on June 29.

Before The Contender I felt that I didnt have an opportunity to show how good I am. During the whole series it was about getting back in the ring and shaking off the rust, then showcasing who I am.

Winning The Contender helped get me here, but I always had confidence and believed in myself since day one. In choosing to accept Charlos challenge, I had it in my mind that I belong here.

It was pressure every time I fought on The Contender. Each round were quality opponents leading up to the final and all of that will prepare me for Charlo. He deserves everything hes gotten and I respect him as a man, but Im going to take advantage of this opportunity.

His team didnt have to fight me, but they chose to. I appreciate his fans coming out to support him because theyll see both of us. Hopefully I can win some of them over.

RONNIE SHIELDS, Charlos Trainer

Weve done a lot of studying of Brandon Adams and hes a really good fighter. Winning The Contender is not an easy feat. Hes truly a contender, so we have to make sure were working hard every single day.

Were not sitting back and waiting for someone to fight us. We have to continue to be busy. You still have to fight hard fights when youre at the top and thats what were doing. Were preparing the right way.

Im so happy that everybody has come out to support Jermall because hes been waiting to make his homecoming and this is it. Its important to see everyone on his side.

DUB HUNTLEY, Adams Trainer

I hope everybody comes out for this one because its going to be a great fight. Ive been with Brandon for a long time and I know that hes going to win this fight and put on a memorable performance. Charlo is a great fighter but Brandon has all the tools necessary to come into his hometown and get the victory.


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