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  Jermell Charlo Roundtable Quotes

Unified WBC, WBA and IBF Super Welterweight World Champion Jermell Charlo and unbeaten, two-time super middleweight world champion David BenavŪdez held court in the same ballroom and answered questions from media about their upcoming fights on SHOWTIME during separate media roundtables inside the Live! By Loews Hotel from Arlington, Texas. Sitting to their right was Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc., who offered his thoughts during an intriguing and wide-ranging discussion involving two of the most talented fighters today.

ďI want to knock this guy out. This is the Jermell from earlier, back when I was trying to end fights. I want to be that guy for 12 rounds now,Ē Ė Charlo

On Saturday, May 14, Charlo and WBO World Champion Brian CastaŮo will meet in a rematch of one of 2021ís most significant fights as they again seek to become the first ever undisputed 154-pound champion in the four-belt era live on SHOWTIME from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGģ telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and also features rising welterweight star and pound-for-pound talent Jaron ďBootsĒ Ennis battling unbeaten Custio Clayton in the co-main event.

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. Ennis vs. Clayton is promoted in association with D&D Boxing.

Hereís what the roundtable participants had to say on Saturday:

JERMELL CHARLO

On not leaving the rematch in the judgeís hands:

ďI want to knock this guy out. This is the Jermell from earlier, back when I was fighting four-rounders and I was trying to end those fights. I want to be that guy for 12 rounds now.Ē

On becoming undisputed at 154:

ďThis is one of the achievements a fighter can have Ė to fight to be undisputed, so Iím going to enjoy this moment and Iím going to have fun when Iím in there on May 14, five days before my birthday. Iím ready to win this fight impressively. I hope I get the judges who really understand boxing. Everyone is used to me knocking everyone out that when I donít knock someone out, itís an issue. This is a skillful sport, you have to pay the bills for this.Ē

A different Charlo this time around:

ďIím locked in a little bit different this time. Iím more dedicated than Iíve ever been. Iím hungrier. I donít know whatís next after this opportunity in my life and Iím glad that God gave me the opportunity to face the same guy and just put on a better performance. This is about me being the best Jermell Charlo.

ďI was having back spasms (in his preparation for the last fight). I want to say that I came into this camp doing things the old school way now. At first, I was being superstar Jermell Charlo. I put that aside and now this is about me digging deeper into the Jermell Charlo that I really am and testing myself with my training and swimming, running.Ē

On fighting the winner of a potential Spence-Crawford fight:

ďI have no intention on fighting my stablemate (Spence). Terence Crawford can get that work. I donít care about him. I donít know him, and he doesnít know me. We can make it happen. But when you have an emotional tie to someone, itís like fighting my twin brother. Now like Spence said, if that money is right, and you put that brick bread out there, weíre going to get in there with anybody. Weíre not going to turn down anyone, neither will Spence. But Crawford hasnít done anything at 154. How do you want him to fight me? Iím trying to become undisputed right now. How are we talking about someone who hasnít even fought in the division? How did he just jump from there to there?Ē

On Facing Sebastian Fundora:

ďThis is what I do. When you become a champion like that, you have mandatory after mandatory after mandatory. You have all these people in the way. Maybe Iíll be the shot-caller and make the decision who I want to fight next. Fundora? Go fight someone else? Crawford? You guys fight each other. Iím busy.Ē

On his legacy:

ďOnce the story is written and the book is finished, everyoneís going to come back and say that Jermell Charlo did a really good job at 154. I held it down. Iím proud of what Iíve done in the division, but I have to get CastaŮo out of the way. I have to show all the fans why Iím the No. 1 guy thatís been the No. 1 guy for so many years. I possess a different type of strength. I have a different type of power when I punch. Iím Hagler and Hearns put together and I have 12 rounds to do it.Ē

Hall of Fame bound if he beats CastaŮo?

ďI might get an opportunity to make a move in my life like that. Thatís whatís important. Whatís important is leaving a legacy and I want to leave a legacy for my children and itís not about right now. The legacy is for the future so Iím writing my book and if I donít get the eyes and the viewers, thatís ok. Iím not begging to be the most popular boxer. Iím just doing this for my future.Ē

On criticism he stayed on the ropes too much in the first fight:

ďIn boxing sometimes, you have to fight off the ropes. Yeah, I could have done better by not being on the ropes. But I fought myself off the ropes. Who got hurt more? Who got buckled? To me, I want all the action. At the end of the day, maybe I wonít be on the ropes that much and get back into the center of the ring. He didnít throw as many punches as he usually does against me. Why? Because he got hurt. The fight would have ended if he had thrown more punches. Iím going to smash him this time around.Ē



 

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