Undisputed super-welterweight champion, Jermell Charlo, has revealed his favourite ever fighter – and even used to beat his world-champion brother, Jermall, on a video game whilst playing as him.
The Charlo twins have dominated the sport in their respective weight classes, with Jermell becoming a four-belt champion in the 154lb scene, whilst ‘Mall’ has achieved world honours in the middleweight division and remains as the undefeated title holder.
Now Jermell Charlo is expected to face one of his toughest tasks to date, as a fight with undefeated Australian, Tim Tzsyu, looms after just one fight in almost two years to his name.
Tzsyu has proven himself to be a worthy contender to the throne, already scoring two dominant knockout wins in 2023.
Meanwhile, Jermall Charlo now looks certain to face pound-for-pound superstar, Canelo, in what could prove to be a monumental year for the Charlo family.
In an interview with Showtime Sports, Jermell reminisced about his days at the beginning of his career as he and his brother approach a decisive few months, remembering the time he was in awe of one particular fighter in Ronnie Shields’ stable.
“Ronnie [Shields] was cool back in the day because he had a whole bunch of fighters, so we got the chance to see everybody. Like [Evander] Holyfield, that’s my favourite ever fighter, so I was like ‘oh s**t, I play with him on [EA Sports] Fight Night everyday’, Jermall played with Lennox Lewis and I was knocking him out.”
‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield was undisputed in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight ranks – the only man to ever do that so far in the sport. He held titles in the top division on four separate occasions – another record – and hung up the gloves with a record of 44 wins from 57 fights.
As per the Charlo’s game, he did fight Lennox Lewis. That’s where the comparison ends though, as he only managed a draw before a loss in the rematch.