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  Jermell Charlo Virtual Workout

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Undisputed junior middleweight world champion Jermell Charlo held a live streamed media workout on Monday and previewed his upcoming showdown against undisputed super middleweight world champion Canelo Ńlvarez topping a SHOWTIME PPV Saturday, September 30 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Canelo Promotions will present the Premier Boxing Champions Pay-Per-View.

Houstonís Charlo will look to earn undisputed status in a second weight class with a career-defining triumph over Canelo in the first showdown between two reigning male undisputed champions in the four-belt era.

Charloís workout streamed live on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook Page and was co-hosted by WWE Hall of Famer and radio personality Booker T and PBC announcer Ray Flores. Here is what Charlo, along with trainer Derrick James, had to say Monday from his training camp in Houston:


ďIíve been doing this my whole life and now itís time to put on for my city. Put up or shut up and do what I do. Iím facing one of the best fighters in the world, you have to be excited for this moment.

ďNow is the right time for this fight. Weíre in our primes and at our best. I wanna shake the doubters off and prove to the world why Iím in this position. Thereís a reason I made it this far. Iím gonna show what Iím made of. Everything Iíve done since I was eight years old, Iím putting it all on the line now.

ďIím not going to have to worry about losing too much weight. Iíve been sparring bigger guys for a very long time and now itís about bringing that same mindset that I have at 154-pounds and bringing it up with me to 168-pounds.

ďOf course thereís pressure. We have to be dominant and not just rely on a knockout. I have to beat him for 12 rounds. I have to do what I have to do in the ring to protect myself while still being vicious.

ďThis is a dream come true, just like winning undisputed, winning a world title and making it out the mud was. Once you get this far and see yourself prospering, you just want to keep bringing it. Iím staying focused on handling business.

ďWeíve done so much sparring and conditioning. Iím working on the mental as well, because I know itís not only about the physical. Iíve been training 14 weeks and making sure I do everything I need to.

ďI just have to stay hungry. And Iíve been hungry. I wouldíve fought Canelo years ago, and it probably wouldnít have been as big as it is now. But Iím not too focused on being in the ring with Canelo, Iím just hungry. I want to win this fight for my city.

ďIf I accomplish this massive goal, itíll be hard to top. Iíll be in the record book with the greats of boxing for a long time.

ďIím so dialed in as far as my team and everyone around me. I just need to get in the ring and do what I have to do.Ē

DERRICK JAMES, Charloís Trainer

ďHaving two undisputed championships at the same time would be amazing. It would be historic for Jermell.

ďItís gonna be back and forth early. Canelo has to impose his will, and Jermell has to show him who he is. You have to stop him from being his great self.

ďJermellís advantage is actually his size. You have to maximize that advantage. Itís about what Jermell is able to do. He doesnít have to become the guy, he has to be the guy.

ďYou win the fight in the gym. Youíre not pulling a rabbit out of your hat. You have to go in the ring having done it the right way.Ē


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