Jermall Charlo vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko
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
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
"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
"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
"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
"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."
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
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
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
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."
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
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
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
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
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