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
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
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
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
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
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
JUAN CARLOS PAYANO:
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
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
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