Jermell Charlo confronts a reporter for questioning his confidence

December 24, 2018 8:59 PM
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Jermell Charlo wasn’t too happy when a reporter questioned his level of confidence prior to fights.

WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo (31-0, 15KOs) looks to make quick work out of Tony Harrison (27-2, 22KOs) in his fourth title defense at the Barclays Center in New York. Charlo was visibly bothered when a reporter asked if he always has that kind of mentality leading up to a fight.

“I’m a hungry ass fighter,” Charlo told the reporter. “And it be people like you that make me wanna destroy the opponent. Because you don’t believe in me. I don’t know who you are, but I can hear it in your questioning that you don’t believe I’m supposed to be where I’m at.”

Charlo won the vacant WBC title when he defeated John Jackson by eighth-round TKO in May 2016. Though he doesn’t feel satisfied with just one belt, and would like to unify the titles at junior middleweight.

“I don’t have all the belts,” said Charlo. “My brother (Jermall), he had the IBF (belt), and I have the WBC. So now it’s like, ‘how can I bring that back to the Charlos?’ I’m hungry for that, I’m interested to be able to touch all the belts at one time. No matter who have them.”

Charlo’s identical twin brother, Jermall, held the IBF belt at junior middleweight; but vacated it in February 2017 to move up to middleweight. Charlo has no intention to move up to middleweight, where Jermall holds the WBC interim title.

“My brother’s at 160,” said Charlo. “There’s no point of us stepping on each other’s base, you know? It’s great right now, he can move up. And if he moves up, then I can move up.”


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