Jermell Charlo & Jaron Ennis
Los Angeles Media Workout
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:
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
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
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