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  Jermall Charlo Talks Inspiration From Daughter's Birth, Upcoming Title Defense & More

WBC Middleweight Champion Jermall Charlo received extra motivation last Tuesday with the birth of his daughter Journi, as he nears his title defense against Dennis Hogan live on SHOWTIME Saturday, December 7 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING, as he headlines a Premier Boxing Champions event.

Its really all about family these days, said Charlo. Im fighting even harder for my family now. I feel like Im on cloud nine and on top of the world right now. Weve been ready for the arrival of my daughter and Im so happy shes here in time to see her father fight on December 7.

For Charlo, he will be making the second defense of his title, looking to get back to his knockout ways after winning back-to-back unanimous decisions that snapped his string of knockouts in five of his last six fights.

You hear fighters say that theyre not going for the knockout, but I am, said Charlo. If I hit Hogan with something flush, hes going to sleep. Im in shape. Im strong. Im going for the knockout if its there. If he thinks he can bully me, then Ill show him he made a big mistake. Im back where I want to be. It took me a little while to fill out into a true middleweight, but Im here now.

In Hogan, Charlo will be up against a fighter who has competed everywhere from super welterweight to light heavyweight, and most recently made a splash in dropping a controversial decision in a 154-pound title fight against Jaime Munguia in April.

I know everything about Hogan, said Charlo. I know hes been in Florida thinking that hes getting ready for me. He has no idea. Hes a small slugger whos got to worry about his weight, but Im going sit right there and fight with Hogan. Im not going anywhere. My mind is sharper than his also, but if he wants to make it a brawl, Im ready.

This will be Charlos fourth appearance in the ring at Barclays Center in his last five fights, with the exception being his homecoming defense in Houston that he made last time out in June. His first two fights in Brooklyn saw him deliver devastating knockouts of Hugo Centeno Jr. and Jorge Sebastin Heiland, before he won a unanimous decision over Matt Korobov in December.

Everybody in Brooklyn knows when we come there, we come to shut it down, said Charlo. Were bringing the heat! I love Barclays Center and Im glad to be back fighting where Im extremely comfortable. Thats my house in Brooklyn and everyone there is going to get a chance to see that Im back for real.

Despite this Thursdays Thanksgiving holiday, Charlo has no plans to slow down his preparations and is well accustomed to training this time of year. Charlo has fought seven of the last eight years either in December or after Thanksgiving in November, including a holiday weekend knockout of Wilky Campfort November 28, 2015.

I havent had a fight away from Thanksgiving in years, so Im just totally used to it at this point, said Charlo. My personal chef is going to cook me exactly what I need to enjoy the holidays with my family.


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