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  Jermell Charlo vs. Jeison Rosario
Press Conference Quotes

WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Jermell Charlo and WBA and IBF 154-pound world champion Jeison Rosario previewed their blockbuster unification showdown during a virtual kick-off press conference Tuesday as they near their main event battle on part two of the first-ever 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 two of the unprecedented event participated in todayís media call. Unbeaten former champion Luis Nery will battle undefeated Aaron Alameda for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship in the co-feature, while former unified champion Daniel Roman faces off against former champion Juan Carlos Payano in a WBC Super Bantamweight title eliminator bout to open the second installment of the pay-per-view. Nery was unable to participate in the call due to technical issues.

Here is what the virtual press conference participants had to say Tuesday:


ďIím stronger and faster than Iíve ever been. Camp has been amazing. I canít believe I got in shape so fast, but I really never got out of shape. I make investments in myself and I do my homework.

ďCongratulations to Rosario for getting the chance to move up to this level. But I know what I possess in the ring when I choose to let it out of me. Iím more ready for this fight than any fight Iíve ever had.

ďMy legacy is on the line. I feed my family this way. Itís not about what weíre going to say. Itís no secret about how I fight. Iím dangerous and I feel even more dangerous now. Iím excited to go 12 rounds. My capacity and skills are exceeding all of these guys in the division. Iím way hungrier now. The fire has been lit in me.

ďA lot of people were surprised Jeison won against Julian Williams, but I actually wasnít. Williams was dealing with a lot. But Iím a different kind of fighter. My dedication is different than everyone.

ďMe and my brother have always been doubted. As I mature, I donít care about what anyone on the outside says. I donít care who makes the rankings. My job is to box. That was once my hobby. Iíve been doing this forever and Iíve grown into this. Iím a different animal. Just like Rosario had to come up the levels, I did that as well. Iím maintaining where Iím at because of my hard work and the way I fight. All you have to do is put me out there and Iím going to go get it for you.

ďI believe my last two fights and the different styles that Tony Harrison had have helped me. Tony is a great fighter. You look at his record and you know he can punch, but Iím just different. Thatís what made me come out on top and made the first fight close. The experience I had in those fights will give me even more of an edge coming into this fight.

ďThereís so many things I do that make me believe Iím the best in the division. I can go on and on, but Iím a lion in the cage, let me out and see what happens.

ďIím strong from the first round to the end. If it goes to 12, then it goes that far. Iím smart and know how to set up traps. Iím not going to divulge the game plan, but Iím not playing around in the ring.Ē


ďThis is going to be a great war. Iím dedicated and motivated for this fight and I know what it means to face a fighter of Jermellís quality, so the training has been going great. Iím so ready.

ďI am even hungrier now than I was before I won the titles. Iím more motivated. The desire inside of me and the fire inside of me is burning to win this fight against a great fighter in Jermell Charlo. Like the Dominican people say, Ďwe have to keep moving forwardí and thatís what I plan to do in this fight.

ďJermell Charlo and Julian Williams are definitely two different types of fighters. I think Williams has a little more quickness but Jermell is definitely stronger and has more power. Thatís why Iíve had to prepare a little differently for this fight. In regards to who I feel is the better fighter Ė I donít want to take anything away from either guy. Williams was a great fighter and he was considered No. 1 when I fought him, which is now the same position that Jermell Charlo is in. They both have their merits but I wouldnít say which one is the better fighter. Jermell is considered the best fighter at 154 right now.

ďOne thing that has changed since my loss to Nathaniel Gallimore in 2017 is my maturity. As the fights get bigger and more important, I definitely stepped up to the occasion and to the challenge. Iím training harder and there is more focus on this fight coming up.

ďThis fight means a lot to me. Itís definitely the most important fight of my career and Iím very thankful. Iím thankful to my trainer and for this opportunity thatís been given to me to fight the best fighter in the division. This is a great moment and some people think I wonít win. I know itís going to be electric.

ďI consider this to be my time. Empires fall. Presidents fall. Kingdoms fall. Itís all very interesting because under Charloís brand, you have the lion and you have the hunter and all that. But during the fight, youíre going to find out who really is the hunter. Iím a warrior and weíre going to see that night who really is the hunter and who is the one thatís going to be hunted.Ē


ďWeíve been training very hard and we know we have a tough opponent in Luis Nery, but weíre ready for him.

ďIn all honesty, maybe the names that you see on paper that Iíve faced are not in Neryís class, but when you see me on September 26, youíre going to know what Iím made of.

ďItís true that Nery has had trouble making weight before but thatís his problem. If he makes weight or if he doesnít, Iím not bothered by that. Iím focused on what I need to do on September 26, so I havenít really focused on whether he is going to make weight. I am the one who is going to be ready.

ďThis is definitely a step-up for me, we arenít denying that. But strategically, we have worked on certain things that we know are going to help come fight night. Weíve seen a lot of video on Luis Nery and learned how we need to approach this fight. Weíve seen a couple things that we can do and thatís what weíre going to do on September 26.

ďThere were a few opponents that I fought that were difficult but one in particular was [Enrique] Bernache in Guadalajara. He was fighting in his hometown and he had his people behind him but we still won that fight. The person that has hit me the hardest? His name was [Juan] Jimenez, and we still overcame the power he showed that night to win.

ďI have fought a couple southpaws in my career and I actually feel better against southpaws than I do against orthodox fighters.

ďThereís no doubt that Nery is a powerful puncher but we have to see how heís going to come out Ė if heís coming out boxing or if heís going to look for the knockout immediately. We have a strategy for whichever way he comes out. Weíll be ready for it.Ē


ďEverything is going great in training. Weíve made some adjustments due to the pandemic, but Iíll be at my best on September 26. Weíre two former champions, so this is going to be a quality fight. Weíre going to try to make it our night.

ďThe goal is to get back to the world title, but Iím not overlooking Payano. Heís a quality fighter. We have to get past him and then hopefully we can get the rematch with Murodjon Akhmadaliev.

ďPayano lost to big names and quality fighters. Anything can happen in a fight, so Iím getting ready for anything. Iím prepared to fight the best Payano possible. Iím not taking him lightly. This is like if I was defending the belt against another world champion.

ďIím more focused than ever now. I didnít think I lost my last fight, I thought I took it. Now my mind is set on Payano, so weíre just continuing to work as hard as when I was champion. Itís one step at a time. First itís Payano, then weíll see after that.

ďLosing my titles has motivated me even more. I know what my next goal is. Iím not overlooking Payano, but Iím looking to get that rematch next.Ē


ďWe definitely respect Danny Roman. Heís a great fighter, but this is the opportunity of a lifetime. Weíve trained hard and youíre going to see the best of Payano for this fight.

ďWe committed errors in those two fights we lost to Inoue and Nery where they took me down but weíve come in prepared knowing that we are fighting another good fighter in Danny Roman and we have really prepared well so that it doesnít happen again. You do learn from your errors in these fights so thatís why when I come out, youíll see a different Juan Carlos Payano on September 26.

ďIíve always fought hard in all my fights, but especially this one because we are looking at the end of my career. I know I need a great showing for the fans, so there is definitely an extra urgency to show the best of me.

ďA boxer never reveals what he is going to bring into the ring but Iím definitely going to be more precise. Thatís something I didnít have in my two losses. I canít be too desperate. I found that I was desperate in those two fights when I could have been more precise and do a better job in those aspects of the fight.

ďIíve been boxing since I was six years old and Iíve given my life to boxing. Itís been a great run. I respect Danny Roman enormously and the people can expect two warriors to get in the ring on September 26 and give their all. The fans know that this is what I always give them and that night will be no different.Ē

DERRICK JAMES, Charloís Trainer:

ďTraining camp has been good. Jermellís been getting better and better. Iíve been pleased with what Iím seeing and itís still early in training camp. Weíre going to continue to build leading up to the fight. We know we have a very tough guy weíre facing, but I believe everyone weíve faced is tough. Weíre going in there to be at our best.

ďI think that the victory would be beautiful, but Iím not thinking about what it would do for me. The best things is what it would mean for Jermell to have three belts. This is about legacy. Itís about a legacy fight for Jermell and myself.

ďRosario is a good fighter. Heís had a gradual progression from when I watched him fight Justin DeLoach and then moving on to fight Williams. Heís getting better. We know what weíre looking at. We know as the champ, he might come in as a different fighter. So we have to be better also. Itís a great challenge but weíre looking forward to it.

ďI saw Rosarioís fights before Williams, so I knew he would be tough. I was surprised how it went down because Williams is a strong fighter. But Rosario really showed out and he had the right shots to get him out of there. We expect a great fighter on September 26.Ē

LUIS ďCHIROĒ PEREZ, Rosarioís Trainer:

ďTraining camp has been great. Everything went exactly the way we wanted it to and then some. Even through these times, we were able to do our full training camp the way we wanted it. There have been no obstacles.

ďJeison is stronger and smarter than ever. Weíre looking forward to showing that we belong with this competition. We know itís a tall order against the best 154-pound fighter in the world, but we want his position. Heís the man at this weight class and we want to prove to the world that we belong on that level.

ďJeison had never done a real training camp in his life until recently. He trained any way he could figure out and he would take a lot of last minute fights. That changed for the Williams fight and thatís changed for this fight. Everything heís overcome, heís done with desire. Heís doing the proper training camp now and eating the proper way. I think you have to knock Rosario out to beat him. September 26, weíre going to see if Iím right.Ē

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

ďTop to bottom, this is the highest quality card Iíve ever been associated with. Over the last few years, there have been a lot of new companies and a lot of activity in boxing and even with all the money, the deals, the companies, and everything theyíre supposedly bringing to the table, no one has been doing this kind of event. No one else is doing cards at this level -- this big and with this much quality. This is an event for the true fight fan. World champion after world champion, a collection of some of the best fighters in the world all on one card. Six fights, five of them world title fights, all on one pay-per-view.

ďThis is a card full of bangers. The one fight thatís not a world title fight, the one between Danny Roman and Juan Carlos Payano, is a matchup between a former unified champion and a former world champion - so thereís no shortage of accomplishments there. You have unbeaten former champion Luis Nery, who is coming off a streak of 11 consecutive knockouts, moving up into a new weight class to take on undefeated Aaron Alameda. Our second main event of the evening, Jermell Charlo and Jeison Rosario, like the first one, is a matchup between the top two boxers currently fighting in the division. We donít need exaggeration or hyperbole. Simply put, this is the best fight that can be made in the super welterweight division.Ē


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