Jermall Charlo Training Camp Quotes
Undefeated WBC Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo
discussed training camp and more ahead of his showdown
against exciting contender Jose Benavidez Jr., which serves
as the SHOWTIME PPV co-main event on Saturday, November 25
in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Michelob ULTRA
Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Charlo will take on Benavidez in a 10-round non-title WBC
special event as he looks to end an over two-year layoff
with an emphatic victory.
Here is what Charlo and his trainer Ronnie Shields had to
say from training camp in Charloís hometown of Houston:
ďIím excited to be back Ė back where I belong. Iím really
re-learning boxing, like in the amateurs all over again. I
feel new to it. Itís a thrill at the same time. Iím putting
my life on the line once again, to shock the world and let
people know that Iím on top.
ďA lot of people consider mental health when canít stabilize
your mind and think forward. And thatís kind of where I was
at. I was in a place of not being able to explain it to
anyone and kind of always shielded it and I had to fight
through that through my learning experiences. The main thing
Iíve learned this whole time is patience. I got ready on my
own terms. Iím back in the ring on my own terms. I feel
better at my own pace and Iím going to go in and face my
battles on my own timing.
ďBenavidez is just one of those guys who has to make a name
for himself. Of course, talking s--- to me would be the best
thing you can do because youíre only amping the fight up. I
mean, I guess he is trying to sell the fight, but Iím taking
it personal and Iím taking it seriously. Iím not taking his
ďHe wants to fight me I guess in revenge for his brother.
Thereís a lot of brother-brother stuff going on, you know,
the Charlo brothers and the Benavidez brothers. So itís the
battle of the brothers and if you want this to be your
biggest rival, letís do it. Iím coming back after two years,
no excuses. Iím here to fight.
ďI donít have respect for him. I have respect for myself to
go out there and dictate the fight, be patient. Of course,
if I hit him flush, Iíll knock him cold out. Walking all
over him, AI (Allen Iverson) s---. Iím going crazy. Iím just
trying not to let the excitement overpower me.
ďI actually want to be more active next year, take on two or
three fights. Iím ready to stay in the gym and stay focused
and hopefully I can land one of those big fights you want to
see. Maybe the winner out of the main event or maybe Canelo,
YouTubers coming up. You know, I really donít care. I just
want to fight.Ē
RONNIE SHIELDS, CHARLOíS TRAINER
ďI think Jermall Charlo is back. Heís back to where he was
two years ago. His attitude is great and heís really looking
forward to training every day.
ďRing rust is ring rust, but this is why we train every day,
to get the rust off. I mean, I wish the fight was tomorrow
because heís ready to go.
ďI think Jose Jr. brings a lot, especially with his
attitude, which is ferocious and thatís a good attitude to
have I guess in this business. You know, look, Jose is like
his brother David. They are both good fighters and you can
say they train hard, and they come to fight. And thatís a
good thing. But you know what, weíre looking for a fight.
ďIíve been dissecting everything, absolutely. I know
everything about Jose and what we can exploit and everything
that I see that he does that I think can work in our favor.
So weíre definitely looking at everything. In the end, I
think Jermall is going to be too strong.
ďJermall is like a son to me. Heís in a great place right
now. Heís with his wife and his kids and really enjoying
everything right now. I think itís that frame of mind that
it takes for him to succeed. Now that he has that back and
heís so happy and joyful about everything little thing,
thatís a great place for him to be.
ďI think Jose Benavidez Jr. is going to come out fast, like
he always does and heís going to try and put on a lot of
pressure on íMall and try to hit him with things we donít
normally get hit with. But whatever he brings, we got
something for him. I think íMallís power is special and
weíre going to keep backing him up with the power.Ē