Jermell Charlo vs. Brian CastaŮo
Virtual Press Conference
Unified WBC, WBA and IBF World Champion Jermell Charlo and
WBO World Champion Brian CastaŮo exchanged promises to
deliver knockouts and revealed glimpses of the distaste they
have for each other during a virtual press conference
Thursday before their rematch for undisputed status at
154-pounds on Saturday, May 14 live on SHOWTIME in an event
presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Dignity Health
Sports Park in Carson, Calif.
The Charlo vs. CastaŮo rematch will come nine months after
they went toe-to-toe for 12 grueling rounds in July 2021,
with both men appearing hurt during the action before the
bout was eventually ruled a split draw.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGģ telecast begins at 9 p.m.
ET/6 p.m. PT and will see rising welterweight star Jaron
ďBootsĒ Ennis taking on Canadian Olympian Custio Clayton in
an IBF Welterweight Title Eliminator in the co-main event,
plus Mexican contender Kevin GonzŠlez facing Puerto Ricoís
Emanuel Rivera in a 10-round super bantamweight attraction
to kick off the telecast.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:
ďEverybody wants to know how the rematch will be different.
Iím considered a puncher and a boxer, and Iím planning to
bring some tricks out of the hat this time.
ďI hate that I didnít close out the first fight the way I
should have. Iím going to be better, faster, stronger and
more relentless in this fight. Iím going to be the old
school Jermell Charlo.
ďYou donít give people like me opportunities again. Iíve
fought for my whole life. I know that I have to seize this
opportunity. Iím dead focused and laser sharp. Iíve been
grinding since before his bicep injury. He gave me time to
prepare my body. While he was playing games, Iíve been
getting better. Iím going to have him hurting and crying.
This isnít about CastaŮo, this is about Jermell Charlo.
ďI want to step up to the plate and be greater than Iíve
ever been. I didnít come this far to give up or let somebody
like this come beat me. I know the mistakes that I made in
the first fight and Iím ready to cross the Ďtísí and dot the
Ďiísí on them.
ďIíve fought at this venue before. Iím not worried about the
crowd. He knows that when weíre in there, itís just me and
him. Iím an evolved and more focused Jermell Charlo. Iím
ready to go, straight up.
ďI just want to show the world why the Charlo twins are
where weíre at. Iíve been doing this way longer than CastaŮo.
Iím going to let him keep thinking itís cool, but heís going
to find out what itís really like on May 14.
ďHis power isnít important to me. I donít care if heís
stronger now. Itís about skills and everyone is going to
find out what the deal is on May 14.
ďI thought I won the first fight, period. I hurt him way
more. He may have edged a few rounds. I won the early rounds
of the fight and the late rounds of the fight.
ďI know Iím on a whole other level than he is and Iím going
to present myself when itís time. May 14 Iím going to be
peaking. Iím going to let him keep talking, because Iím
going to be dangerous in this fight.
ďEveryone knows what I possess in the ring. Iím comfortable
through the storm. I was made for this and bred for this.
Iím comfortable being in this situation.Ē
ďCharlo knows that heís going to have his hands full and
that I won the first fight. I like to do my talking inside
the ring, but I will say that Iím a warrior and Iím going to
show that Iím worthy of this victory. I donít care what
Charlo says, Iím going to be ready for whatever comes my
ďI want the knockout. I need it and I crave it. Thatís my
chance to redeem myself and prove that I should have won the
first fight outright. I went into his home state and turned
the crowd against him.
ďI want the respect that Iím warranted and that I should be
given from him. The first fight was a close fight, but the
second fight is going to be even worse for him, because Iím
knocking him out.
ďThis is what every fighter dreams of. This is what we all
set out to do. You build your legacy fight by fight, then
you get an opportunity like this and you have to make the
most of it. I want to show the people around the world that
Iím a winner.
ďItís all about me and him inside of the ring. Iím going to
make him pay for everything he said and everything that
happened in the first fight. Iím going to break him and Iím
going to make him suffer.
ďI watched the entire first fight from beginning to end and
I studied it. I thought that I won by one or two points. I
won the fight in the key moments enough where I should have
come out with the win.
ďThe bicep injury occurred during a sparring session and I
had to stop everything for a while. Charlo was saying lots
of things about it and all I was trying to do during that
time was recover. After coming back from that, Iím so happy
because everything has been perfect physically. I feel
better than ever going into May 14.
ďThis is going to be an electrifying fight. My only
objective is to walk out of there with four belts. You wonít
want to miss two fighters leaving it all on the line in the
ďA victory will make my dream come true. When youíre in the
prime of your career and you have a chance like this, you
just canít let it go. I have the opportunity and Iím going
to make the most of it.Ē