Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo
New York Press Conference
Photo: Amanda Westcott - SHOWTIME
Boxing superstars Canelo Álvarez and Jermell Charlo faced off for the first time on
Tuesday at a kickoff press conference in New York to preview
their blockbuster showdown that headlines a SHOWTIME PPV (8
p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) on Saturday, September 30 from T-Mobile
Arena in Las Vegas. Canelo Promotions will present the
Premier Boxing Champions Pay-Per-View.
The undisputed super middleweight world champion Canelo will
take on the undisputed junior middleweight world champion
Charlo in a historic matchup that will pit two reigning
undisputed champions against each other for the first time
in the four-belt era.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say
Tuesday from Palladium Times Square:
“Thank you to Jermell for taking this fight. I’m very happy
to be in this position and to be in big fights. Jermell is a
great fighter who takes on big challenges just like I do. I
always take risks.
“Jermell is a great fighter and this is a fight that’s been
out there as a possibility for a long time. Now is the
correct time for this fight.
“I’m gonna put everything into the ring. My experience, my
power and my skills. It’s going to take everything to win
this fight. It’s going to be a great night for the fans.
“It’s good that people are saying I’ve lost a step. It’s
fine. I know why I didn’t look as good in my last two
fights. I know why and I’m different now. I’m preparing now
for a different type of fighter.
“I’m 100% focused on this fight. Then we’ll see what happens
after. Everyone wants drama and for us to fight on this
stage, but when two fighters are 100% focused like we are
right now, it’s gonna make it a great fight in the ring.
“I have everything that he says he has as well. I have
experience and I’ve been in this position a lot of times.
That’s why we’re here. We’re going to find out if he’s got
enough on September 30.
“I love being in these kinds of fights. Stay tuned on
September 30 because this is gonna be a great night for
“This is a long time coming. Canelo and Eddy are legends in
the game of boxing. They’ve put on great shows and I want to
be the one that gets in there and takes it all away from
“Me and my brother Jermall have been putting on for boxing
and it’s our time now. A lot of people are worried about the
wrong things. When you want to win something this big, you
have to risk it all.
“I just want to quiet my haters and doubters and turn
non-believers into believers. I’ve watched a lot of great
people in the sport of boxing and now I think this is the
best moment for me to leave my mark. With two great fighters
in there, you get nothing but fireworks. When this fight
presented itself, it was a no-brainer to make this happen.
“I’m gonna train my ass off and be intelligent. I know I’m
moving up in weight, but who cares? That won’t stop me from
getting in there and doing it the way I do it. I’m excited
for this moment.
“My heart, desire and determination will give me what I need
to win. I guarantee a great night and that you’re gonna hear
some lions roaring.
“I don’t have any excuses. Whatever happens happens. I came
here to win this fight. I’m not laying down. I don’t care
what anyone says.
“I’m so proud to be one of the fighters who’s able to get in
there and step up and fight the best. I’m gonna be training
my ass off. Tune in on September 30. Be there or be square.
We’re gonna turn this into a whole new ball game.”
EDDY REYNOSO, Canelo’s Trainer and Manager
“Here we are in New York, once again announcing what will be
one of the best fights in recent memory. Styles makes
fights, and I believe that both Charlo and Canelo possess
the kind of contrasting styles that fans will love to see in
“Charlo is a great champion and has a great trainer in as
Derrick James. He is a great fighter with a big heart that
has gotten up off the mat after losing, and that makes him
even more dangerous. He lost, but he also redeemed himself
and showed that you can redeem yourself to earn big fights
like this one.
“This will definitely be a challenge. Charlo is capable of
ending the fight at any moment, and we must be ready for
anything he migh do.
“We know it will be a tough fight, but we are always ready.
You will all see a great fight, and you will also see a very
different Canelo compared to the one you saw during the last
DERRICK JAMES, Charlo’s Trainer
“This is a fight that Jermell Charlo has always wanted. It’s
the type of fight he’s needed to put him into super
superstardom. Canelo is a great fighter with a great trainer
and they’ve been so consistent over the years. It’s hard to
do that in boxing.
“It’s gonna take Jermell being the best version of himself.
He’s gonna have to be focused in training camp and focused
in the fight. He’s gonna get what he needs to get because of
the focus he has and because he knows he has to be himself.
“Jermell should be comfortable with the weight on fight
night. He’s daring to be great. He’s all about stepping up
and taking the challenges. He wants to be undisputed in two
weight classes at the same time.
“It’s all about us coming in and doing what we do best. Both
guys are gonna try to do whatever they can do to come out
successful. It’s gonna be a great and exciting night of
TOM BROWN, President of TGB Promotions
“September 30 will be another night of history. It’s
impressive what both men have accomplished to become
undisputed. And we also have the back-to-back Trainer of the
Year winners in Eddy Reynoso and Derrick James up here as
well. It’s everything you would want for a mega fight.
“Canelo is truly one of the sport’s best ever. He’s a hero
in Mexico and universally respected. He’s a throwback
fighter who takes on all challengers and he’s boxing’s
“Jermell will bring everything he’s got to this fight. He’s
cleaned out the division and beaten every fighter he’s
faced. He’s not just convinced he can win this fight, he’s
convinced he will.
“This is a classic old school fight with two guys who can
really crack. It will come down to who can handle themselves
under fire. It’s a super fight you don’t want to miss.”
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President, SHOWTIME SPORTS®
“Coming off some of the biggest and most anticipated fights
in recent memory, we have a special one on September 30.
This is another matchup with historic implications, the
first bout in the four-belt era pitting two undisputed
“Regardless of who you are rooting for, these two men are
among the elites in boxing. Both have historic achievements.
Canelo has defeated 18 world champions in his career. He has
fought at least one world champion every year for the last
“Jermell Charlo is the first undisputed 154-pound world
champion in the four-belt era. He could join Terence
Crawford as the only male boxer to become undisputed in two
weight classes in the four-belt era.
“This event is a rare opportunity to witness greatness.
Greatness means not being satisfied with being the first and
only four-belt undisputed super welterweight champion.
Greatness is pushing for more; more challenges, more
history, continuing to test the limits of your own
performance. Greatness is taking tough fights and big
challenges when you don’t have to.”