Jermall Charlo: I’m ready for anybody at 160lbs

Former IBF Jr Middleweight world champion, Jermall ‘The Hitman’ Charlo (26-0) addressed the media alongside his brother, the reigning WBC Jr Middleweight champion Jermell Charlo (30-0) this past weekend at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York prior to Deontay Wilder’s one round destruction of Bermane Stiverne in their rematch. A number of topics were discussed among them, Jermall touched on his and his brother’s fighting style and mentality as well as revealing the details of the last sparring session they had. Jermall also sized up a number of potential future rivals at middleweight. Among the names discussed include middleweight divisional kingpin Gennady Golovkin as well as addressing the ongoing back and forth with long-time rival Demetrius Andrade.

Both the Charlo brothers seem to repeat a phrase growing in popularity, ‘lions only’ and Jermall Charlo delved into what that statement truly means by explaining the importance of being in fan-friendly fights. “I know the worst s**t that can happen in there, me losing my life in there and I understand the risk. But I’m still going to give y’all all I can. My mindset is either I’m going to knock his ass out or he is going to knock my ass out and I’m ready, anybody I’m ready to fight and stand in there and give these people what they want to see” Jermall stated. Charlo went on to explain what is central to providing action-packed fights to his and Jermell’s mindset when inside the squared circle, Jermall stressed importance of ‘murderous intentions’ as he explained ‘I hope every time when I train I hit him with something he hasn’t seen or hasn’t prepared for; that is what I work so hard for, I want to take my opponent out!’ Jermall added.

Jermall also touched on the last time he and his brother sparred one another, Jermell insisted he got the better of their last meeting as Jermall apparently became increasingly frustrated but did complete the rounds. Jermall jokingly retorted “We both the same fighter, but I’m better than him and he knows it”. Furthermore, Jermall detailed the differing plans of both fighter’s future plans explaining “My brother’s goal is to be undisputed at Jr Middleweight” while Jermall insisted that his climb through the ranks will not end at middleweight as he insinuated he will make another jump to 168lbs before too long as he intends on amassing “a lot of belts”.

Jermall also evaluated the pending challenges that will present themselves in the division. Jermall Charlo is now the # 1 ranked contender and is now a mandatory obligation to Gennady Golovkin’s WBC title. Jermall paid Golovkin his just dues praising him as a ‘true champion, who fought everybody’ and says he will continue to bide his time and stresses the fight will happen, but intends to keep winning in the meantime, as it will only grow the demand to see a popular champion take on “one of the biggest challenges in the world”.

On a final note, Jermall Charlo once again touched on his ongoing back and forth with longtime rival, Demetrius Andrade (25-0) who like Jermall relinquished his Jr middleweight belt for a foray into the middleweight division and is coming off the back of a lacklustre debut at the weight with a decision victory over Alantez Fox. Jermall wasn’t the least bit impressed by that display and even branded Andrade’s chin as ‘suspect’ after suffering a knockdown in that fight and furthermore laid the guantlet down by emphatically claiming “If you are at 160 lbs and you feel you are the best, come and see Jermall ‘The Hitman’ Charlo, I’m right here and I will never dodge anybody” Jermall concluded.



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