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Los Angeles Media Workout Quotes


Unified WBC, WBA, and IBF 154-pound world champion Jermell Charlo and unbeaten welterweight rising star Jaron ďBootsĒ Ennis previewed their respective upcoming showdowns at a media workout in Los Angeles Wednesday, before they enter the ring this Saturday, May 14 live on SHOWTIME from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event.

Charlo made clear his goal is to prevent the judges from deciding his fate when he faces WBO 154-pound world champion Brian CastaŮo in a rematch of one of 2021ís most significant fights, which ended in a hotly contested split draw They again will seek to become the first undisputed super welterweight male champion of the four-belt era.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will also feature Philadelphiaís Ennis in an IBF Welterweight Title Eliminator against unbeaten Canadian Olympian Custio Clayton that serves as the co-main event. Ennis said he was looking forward to recording a knockout in front of a new Southern California fanbase, while also predicting a win for Charlo in the rematch.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Lions Only Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased through AXS.com.

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday from Churchill Boxing Club in Santa Monica:

JERMELL CHARLO


ďI donít want this fight to go the distance. I donít get paid for overtime.

ďIím excited and Iím ready to go. Iím ready to rock. Iím putting it all on the line and Iím ready to destroy. Iím going to give the fans an exciting and entertaining show and just have fun out there.

ďCastaŮo is going to have to do something different this fight. If not, he knows heís getting slept. Whatever he does or whatever move he makes, Iím going to be on him. My goal is to knock him out.

ďI approach this fight like I approach any fight. I come in there like Iím 0-0. Letís go in there and see whoís better. Letís see who the real dog is.

ďI donít take much from the last rematch I had against Tony Harrison. That was a totally different opponent. Iím just preparing for CastaŮo. Thereís no correlation with my last rematch. Iím just focused on who Iím facing.

ďIím just focused on my career and my craft. Being on the undisputed list means more to me than being on pound-for-pound lists. I want to be on the top tier and for people to see that Iím undisputed and say that heís an animal. This is my moment.

ďIíve made some changes, but itís still going to be the same Jermell Charlo. Iím ready to take advantage of whatís in front of me.

ďI donít know if this fight will be like the first one. It could be a quicker night. It should be. If not, itís going to be entertaining for 12 rounds.

ďI donít worry about pound-for-pound lists and whether Iím on them. If I win these belts, they might have to. If I go in there and knock him out, or handle my business for 12 rounds, thatís it. They wonít be able to deny me.

ďI havenít fought at this venue since much earlier in my career. Itís a little bit chilly right now in Southern California, but I know that once I get warmed up, Iíll be able to adapt no matter what itís like Saturday.Ē

JARON ENNIS


ďIt doesnít matter to me who Iím facing. I want everybody and anybody. They can line Ďem up, and Iíll knock Ďem down. Doesnít matter who it is.

ďEveryone already knows how this fight is going to go. Iím going to put on a show. Iím going to get in the ring and be dominant. Iím getting that knockout at the end of the night and making a statement.

ďIt feels great to be performing here in Southern California. I canít wait for Saturday to shine in front of my new fans. Itís a new fanbase to see me get another knockout.

ďI donít know too much about my opponent. I donít usually watch film on who Iím fighting, unless Iíve just seen it by chance. I let my team look at those kind of things. Iím not too worried about what heís going to bring.

ďIím going to do what I always do. I can figure these opponents out in like 30 seconds. I see how theyíre coming and go from there.

ďI feel like Iím going to get my opportunity sooner than later. I think end of the year or next year is possible. Iím either going to fight Errol Spence Jr. or Terence Crawford, or fight for a vacant belt.

ďI donít believe that any fighter is scared of another fighter. I know the top guys are just making business decisions. Itís whatís best for their careers. If I canít get the top welterweights while theyíre here, Iíll see them at 154 pounds.

ďI donít feel like I have to prove anything to anyone but myself. Iím not worried about any outside noise. As long as Iím doing my thing and winning, putting myself in line for the world title, then thatís all that matters.

ďCharlo and CastaŮo should both be confident heading into this fight. They went to war the first time, but I think Charlo will win this time. I think he figured CastaŮo out. Charlo was picking it up at the end of the first fight and I think heís going to start earlier this time and go for the knockout.Ē



 

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