Charlo: I’m ready to destroy

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Unified WBC, WBA, and IBF 154-pound world champion Jermell Charlo and unbeaten welterweight rising star Jaron “Boots” Ennis previewed their respective upcoming showdowns at a media workout in Los Angeles Wednesday, before they enter the ring this Saturday from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event.

Charlo made clear his goal is to prevent the judges from deciding his fate when he faces WBO 154-pound world champion Brian Castaño in a rematch of one of 2021’s most significant fights, which ended in a hotly contested split draw They again will seek to become the first undisputed super welterweight male champion of the four-belt era.

JERMELL CHARLO

“I don’t want this fight to go the distance. I don’t get paid for overtime.

“I’m excited and I’m ready to go. I’m ready to rock. I’m putting it all on the line and I’m ready to destroy. I’m going to give the fans an exciting and entertaining show and just have fun out there.

“Castaño is going to have to do something different this fight. If not, he knows he’s getting slept. Whatever he does or whatever move he makes, I’m going to be on him. My goal is to knock him out.

“I approach this fight like I approach any fight. I come in there like I’m 0-0. Let’s go in there and see who’s better. Let’s see who the real dog is.

“I don’t take much from the last rematch I had against Tony Harrison. That was a totally different opponent. I’m just preparing for Castaño. There’s no correlation with my last rematch. I’m just focused on who I’m facing.

“I’m just focused on my career and my craft. Being on the undisputed list means more to me than being on pound-for-pound lists. I want to be on the top tier and for people to see that I’m undisputed and say that he’s an animal. This is my moment.

“I’ve made some changes, but it’s still going to be the same Jermell Charlo. I’m ready to take advantage of what’s in front of me.

“I don’t know if this fight will be like the first one. It could be a quicker night. It should be. If not, it’s going to be entertaining for 12 rounds.

“I don’t worry about pound-for-pound lists and whether I’m on them. If I win these belts, they might have to. If I go in there and knock him out, or handle my business for 12 rounds, that’s it. They won’t be able to deny me.

“I haven’t fought at this venue since much earlier in my career. It’s a little bit chilly right now in Southern California, but I know that once I get warmed up, I’ll be able to adapt no matter what it’s like Saturday.”

The Showtime Championship Boxing telecast also features Philadelphia’s Ennis in an ibf welterweight title eliminator against unbeaten Canadian Olympian Custio Clayton that serves as the co-main event. Ennis said he was looking forward to recording a knockout in front of a new Southern California fanbase, while also predicting a win for Charlo in the rematch.

JARON ENNIS

“It doesn’t matter to me who I’m facing. I want everybody and anybody. They can line ‘em up, and I’ll knock ‘em down. Doesn’t matter who it is.

“Everyone already knows how this fight is going to go. I’m going to put on a show. I’m going to get in the ring and be dominant. I’m getting that knockout at the end of the night and making a statement.

“It feels great to be performing here in Southern California. I can’t wait for Saturday to shine in front of my new fans. It’s a new fanbase to see me get another knockout.

“I don’t know too much about my opponent. I don’t usually watch film on who I’m fighting, unless I’ve just seen it by chance. I let my team look at those kind of things. I’m not too worried about what he’s going to bring.

“I’m going to do what I always do. I can figure these opponents out in like 30 seconds. I see how they’re coming and go from there.

“I feel like I’m going to get my opportunity sooner than later. I think end of the year or next year is possible. I’m either going to fight Errol Spence Jr. or Terence Crawford, or fight for a vacant belt.

“I don’t believe that any fighter is scared of another fighter. I know the top guys are just making business decisions. It’s what’s best for their careers. If I can’t get the top welterweights while they’re here, I’ll see them at 154 pounds.

“I don’t feel like I have to prove anything to anyone but myself. I’m not worried about any outside noise. As long as I’m doing my thing and winning, putting myself in line for the world title, then that’s all that matters.

“Charlo and Castaño should both be confident heading into this fight. They went to war the first time, but I think Charlo will win this time. I think he figured Castaño out. Charlo was picking it up at the end of the first fight and I think he’s going to start earlier this time and go for the knockout.”

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    • Looks like Lebron and Wade’s jaw when they were…wait…could it be…HGH? Hmmm.

  • Hard to predict this fight, but if Charlo, on order to fulfill what he is aiming ( ko Castaño) fights recklessly, he is the one that will be counted out. One thing is for sure, this fight will be better than the first one, and my money on Castaño

  • My money is on Charlo by stoppage victory. He hurt Castano badly three times the first fight. I think there is a dent in Castano’s chin that will be exploited in this one. Winner should be on the pound of pound list.

  • I would gladly bet my money on Castaño. 5th round, Charlo will be out cold. Prepare the ambulance!

    • Amen. Stupid fighters fight emotionally. Um, Bivol /Canola? Bivol is ice ice baby. Charlo is mad . Hahahahahahahahaha

  • Both Charlo’s are always using these types of words but rarely deliver.. To knock a guy like Castano out you’ll have to wake up early ! I wish he’s really trying and get reckless this time, then he’s the one going to be ko’ed !

  • IF either “Charlo” could actually fight hen this would matter slightly. What is he saying? He wasn’t trying as hard before now? Sounds like the typical “Charlo”…hey still referring to yourself third person? Clown.

      • no kidding. These days people have little knowledge of the legacy of the sport. Mike McCallum never lost at 154.

  • Castaño is very good aggressive fighter but dont have the chin to walk up on a puncher like Charlo. Charlo KO8

  • He talks too much. If he talked less he would have the breath to throw more punches!!

  • In the 1st fight, I picked Castano (dang).

    For the 2nd fight, I am still leaning towards Castano. While getting pressured, Charlo has a tendency to stay on the ropes; and I believe Castano’s style of confidence, pressure and sharp combination punches will limit Charlo’s offense. Castano’s style will always give Charlo big problems.

    However, Castano better keep his hands up/chin tucked for Charlo’s counters or else he will taste the canvas for a knockdown – which may cause Castano to lose a close fight.

    I anticipate another great fight. I wonder, if the 2nd fight is close, will we see a trilogy??

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