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  Jermall Charlo vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko
Press Conference Quotes


Unbeaten WBC Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo and top 160-pound contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko spoke to the press during a kick-off virtual press conference Monday as they preview the main event of part one of the first-of-its-kind SHOWTIME PPV doubleheader on Saturday, September 26 in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Five of the six fighters who will be competing in part one of the unprecedented event, which features three world title fights, participated in todayís media call. WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Brandon Figueroa will defend his title against 122-pound contender Damien Vazquez in the co-featured bout, while WBO Bantamweight World Champion John Riel Casimero faces off against unbeaten Duke Micah in the pay-per-view opener. Figueroa was unable to join todayís call due to technical issues.

Here is what the virtual press conference participants to say Monday:

JERMALL CHARLO:

"It's going to be fireworks and an explosive night of boxing. I canít wait. Everyone is calling this a test and a big step up, so I'm training hard and preparing well.

"He lost both of those fights against Gennadiy Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs. Competitive or not, that's what happened. He's a warrior though and I want him to be sharp so he can give me the best he can give me. This is going to be a real fight, just know that.

"I'm going to be super sharp. That's the message I want to deliver to all of the other middleweights out there.

"I thought I might need to out-perform Jacobs and Golovkin, but as long as I continue to be myself, I will get the victory and I'll have my hand raised. I'm smart, stronger and better than I used to be. Every fight is a different fight. I let my trainer do the studying and I'm just focused on what I have to do.

"He's coming straight to me and fighting. That's what I expect. You want me to go toe-to-toe? That's what I expect to do.

"Everybody is doubting me. I've been doubted for years. It's not anger. I don't care what my opponent or his trainer says about me. I'm a fighter and I'm ready for this. I really want to just get in there and fight.

"After this fight, people are going to say that I'm a great fighter. I'm the best in the world. I know Sergiy feels that way too. So we get to clash in the ring. I'm expecting a fight. I havenít left the gym since February. I've been locked in. I wanted this opportunity to get in there and be me.

"If it goes the distance, I'm prepared for the distance. If he can't take the power, then I'm going to finish him off.

"I'm no Daniel Jacobs, and I know Andre is probably trying to compare that fight to me, because he worked Jacobs' corner. I know Andre has been studying me for a long time and now he gets to see what his other fighter can do against me.

"I've been at home training like crazy. I'm at the top of my game. I'm not worried about what anyone is saying. I know this is a so-called step up fight, but I'm ready for whatever the challenge comes. You'll get a chance to see me be the best Jermall Charlo that he can be."

SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO:


ďMy training is progressing. Iíve been in the gym working out, keeping fit, eating healthy and doing everything that Iím supposed to do. Iím anxiously waiting for September 26. You can expect the same type of fight from me that you saw against Golovkin.

ďIíve had the experience of fighting at this level against the likes of Jacobs and Golovkin, which gave me the confidence and experience of fighting at the highest level. I have supreme, utmost confidence in myself.

ďCharlo thinks heís the best in the world and I believe Iím the best in the world. I think Iím the better fighter. The great thing is that weíre actually going to get a chance to settle it and weíll see who the best in the world really is.

ďIím just focused on my opponent and what I have to do on September 26. The goal is to go in there and take the belt from him and bring it home.

ďWhat Iíve said before is that I have a lot of experience and that might be an issue for Charlo. I never said it would be too much for him, but we will find out on fight night.

ďI need to just stick with my game plan. We have a plan in place. Iím going to do what I have to do. If thereís a chance to knock him out, I will knock him out. If it goes 12 rounds, Iíll do the best that I can and show the judges that I am the winner.Ē

DAMIEN VASQUEZ:


ďTraining camp during the pandemic has actually been great. Weíre doing everything by the rules as far as people staying away from public places and weíre taking our tests. The fans should be expecting a Mexican war and I plan on stealing the show and being the fight of the night.

ďIím going to stand by everything Iíve said up until this point and up until the fight. Iím confident in my work, confident in my team and I know what to expect on fight night.

ďFigueroa has some weapons, but I know what to look out for from himÖ Itís going to be a full-on Mexican war. All of the boxing [technique] goes right out the window Ė letís make it a phone booth fight and steal fight of the night.

ďThis is all the marbles on the table for me. I donít have anything to lose in this fight, I really donít. This fight changes my life and everybody elseís life around me. Iím going in there with everything Iíve got.

ďWhy would I go in there and be scared to lose? The Payano fight that everybody saw Ė that wasnít me. I had some things going on outside of the ring, but Iím focused now and Iím ready to go. After that fight, I got my stuff together and Iím physically and mentally ready to give it my all September 26. Youíre about to see the real Damien.

ďI respect Brandon, heís a champion for a reason, but when we step into that ring all my respect for him goes right out the window. I want to show the world that Iím a force to be reckoned with and Iím about to take my throne in the 122-pound weight class.Ē

JOHN RIEL CASIMERO:


"This is a great fight for me to defend my title. I know I'm facing a good undefeated fighter, but I will do everything I can to have my hand raised on fight night.

"I'm training very hard in camp. I'm glad I have plenty of time for this matchup and I plan on being in great shape to compete on fight night.

"If I get through this fight, I'm still hoping to fight for a bantamweight unification fight. That's my dream. I'm fighting for my daughters and my whole family, so I'm ready to do my best.

"I've had a long time to train because of the pandemic. I'm really excited to get in the ring and focus on this win. After that, I can move onto the next opponent.

"This is big for me to be on SHOWTIME PPV. I'm excited to get in there and put on the best performance that I can.

"Despite the Inoue fight being cancelled, I'm still very hungry. I'm excited to fight on this card and I look forward to all the big fights that are out there. First I have to get by Micah."

DUKE MICAH:

ďIím coming there to win. This is my dream. This is what Iíve set my mind on since my childhood. Iíve always dreamed to be a world champion and Iím so thankful to be taking on Casimero, one of the best boxers from the Philippines, because I know heís a very good opponent. Thatís what I want and what the fans want to see, so we have to make it exciting.

ďTraining was fantastic. Everything is good. Weíve been training hard for this fight because we know Casimero is a very good boxer. He knows what heís doing and I also know what Iím doing so Iíve been preparing myself to come to the ring in the best shape possible. Iíve watched Casimero before and I know the way he fights so thatís why weíve been training hard and doing everything right so we can bring the victory back home to Ghana.

ďThis is my dream. This is what Iíve been looking for because I know heís a good boxer. Iím doing this for me and my family, my daughter and my son. Iíve been trying for a long time. Iím hungry for this. People will see good boxing and Iím confident that Iíll bring the title back to Ghana. My goal is to be one of the best boxers from Ghana.

ďThe people who think I donít have a chance are not in my shoes. I know heís a good boxer but this is what Iíve been doing since my childhood. Whatever anybody else thinks, Iím the one in the ring, so nobody elseís thoughts really matter. I know this wonít be an easy fight for me, but itís what Iíve always wanted.

ďI was so happy when I got the call for this fight, itís like a dream. Iím fighting somebody who is a world champion, so I have to be happy. You have to fight the best to be the best. Thatís why Iím so excited for this opportunity.Ē

RONNIE SHIELDS, Charloís Trainer:


"Jermall trains very hard. It's going to be a great fight. Sergiy is a really good fighter, and I can't take anything from him. We know he has an extensive amateur career and a pretty good pro career. We're expecting a really good fight.

"The thing about Jermall Charlo is, he's always in the gym, training hard and looking to be the best he possibly can be. That's all me or anyone else can ask for him.

"We're looking to fight the best guys out there. Sergiy is one of the best. We didnít have to fight Sergiy. He's ranked number one, but he wasn't the mandatory. Jermall wanted this fight. He said, give me Sergiy. He wanted to fight the best guy in the division.

"During training, we train for 12 rounds, because thatís what it calls for. We canít train for less than that. We have a game plan that we work on every day. If the knockout comes, we'll be happy. But we have no problems with a 12-round fight. Jermall has been there before and he's come out victorious."

ANDRE ROZIER, Dereveyanchenkoís Trainer:

"It's been tough getting ready for fights because our gym has been closed until recently, but we've made it work during that time. Sergiy is a consummate professional and he's ready to turn it up. He's going to be ready for an exciting fight on September 26.

"Jermall has done a fantastic job as a world champion in two weight classes. He's growing as an individual and I appreciate that. But Sergiy works so hard. He's a special individual. It's going to be an incredible fight, but I expect Sergiy to be the victor.

"We worked hard on Sergiy's capabilities and technique. we have a serious opponent in front of us. We're going to train to be ready for a 15-round fight, so that we can rise to the occasion. There are going to be explosive bombs. May the best man win, but we're planning to be the best man.

"I'm looking forward to the competition. But these fighters are also going to provide great entertainment. You can hear that these guys are ready to show the world what they're all about."

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President, Sports and Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.:


ďThis truly is a one of a kind pay-per-view doubleheader. Certainly, in my career here at SHOWTIME and during my lifetime as a boxing fan, I donít remember any pay-per-view event like this Ė six fights, five of which are world title fights, all on one night for one price. Itís interesting that the four undercard matchups across the two shows feature some of the best talent in the 118 and 122-pound divisions. We have an excellent bantamweight world championship fight for the WBO title in Casimero vs. Micah and we have a super bantamweight title fight with Brandon Figueroa taking on Damien Vazquez. And in my opinion, the Jermall Charlo vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko matchup is a matchup of the top two boxers currently fighting in the middleweight division. Itís a matchup that doesnít need hyperbole or exaggeration or hype Ė simply put, itís the best fight you can currently make in the middleweight division.

ďOne of the reasons that boxing fans love the sport is because boxing is often described as a metaphor for life Ė weíre all fighting for something. We all have a struggle. For Jermall and Sergiy, a win on September 26 would be the crowning achievement in their careers, an achievement that theyíve literally been fighting for their entire careers.Ē



 

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