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Jermell Charlo: ‘The Charlo Brothers are here to take over 2018 and want the fans to enjoy it’

Undefeated brothers WBC junior middleweight titlist Jermell (left) and former IBF junior middleweight beltholder Jermall Charlo. Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Trapp Photos/Showtime
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BROOKLYN, New York – Jermell Charlo doesn’t mind putting his hands in the dirt. In fact, he enjoys it. Gratifying afternoons away from the gym are spent with beads of sweat dotting his forehead under a beaming Houston, Texas sun, after moving wheelbarrows full of cement, digging entrenchments and lugging a few hundred pounds of bricks.

It’s Charlo’s way of taking his mind off of things – like what’s ahead.

Jermell built a backyard, complete with installing around 20 pergolas. That’s what the younger Charlo twin did to occupy his time after his magnificent first-round knockout of Erickson Lubin on October 14, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

“I love doing that kind of stuff. Maybe that’s where my strength comes from, picking up bricks all day,” surmised Jermell, the WBC junior middleweight titlist, who is one minute younger than his twin brother and former IBF beltholder Jermall, who’s made the move to 160 and is a viable threat to the powers of that division. “Hey, I’m just a normal guy who likes doing normal things. I built a whole backyard (after the Lubin fight) to get away from boxing.

“It was even hard to be here right now (meeting the media prior to the Deontay Wilder-Bermane Stiverne fight on Nov. 4 at Barclays). I’m just being honest. I don’t even want to hear about boxing.”

Whether he likes it or not, boxing is about to hear quite a bit more from Jermell (30-0, 15 knockouts). He’s definitely among the Top 20 pound-for-pound fighters in the world and arguably right there on the edge of the Top 10. His convincing devastation of Lubin, who some may have thought was overstepping his experience level by challenging Jermell, is a 2017 “Knockout of the Year” candidate. RingTV.com has Jermell as the No. 2-ranked 154-pounder in the world behind his buddy, Cuban expatriate southpaw Erislandy Lara.

“I’m ready to box anyone that comes my way,” said Lara, after beating previously unbeaten Terrell Gausha in a mundane 12-round unanimous decision on the same card that featured Jermell’s Lubin knockout. “I’m the best boxer at 154 pounds and I won’t shy away from anyone that wants to fight me. I’ll box whomever; just line them up. I’m not afraid. I have proven that I’m a true champion. I’ll fight (Jermell) Charlo if I have to. We are friends but business is business.”

Jermell didn’t rule out the possibility of a future Jermell Charlo-Lara fight either. But for now, he’s going to continue resting and getting plump.

“Look at me now; look how much I blew up after the Lubin fight,” Jermell joked, playfully pinching a tiny portion of his sides after addressing the media at Barclays. “I want to use this time to relax and take it easy.”

Jermell did admit he felt slighted in the build-up for the Lubin fight. By the attention Lubin was receiving, Jermell wondered if everyone forgot who had a title and who didn’t.

“It’s why I stayed calm throughout the promotion because I believed to myself that Lubin didn’t really deserve the fight,” Jermell said. “It’s why I was going through it during training camp. The pain, the hurt, sucking it all in and wondered why I was putting myself through this and I wasn’t happy with the fight.

“I wondered what the whole deal was about. Who is the champ here? Why is everyone following him? I was like, ‘Damn, am I here to win? Am I here to lose?’ They were following Lubin all around in camp. It was astounding to see how much media he got. When fight week came, there were these videos coming out with Lubin saying this and that.

“I had to defend my region and that’s what I did.”

Jermell also was up front about his unique relationship with his trainer, Derrick James, who also instructs Errol Spence Jr. and is a leading contender for 2017 Trainer of the Year. Jermell and James are in the same age group and they’ve only had about two disagreements in the time that they’ve been working with each other.

But James allows Jermell to do what he wants to do. He allows Jermell his freedom away from boxing.

“Derrick and I are like brothers, like friends, really,” Jermell said. “Derrick is right around my age. He really doesn’t like my attitude. He’s old-school. He’s about watching my diet and things like that. But he lets me be free away from boxing. Hey, I have a chance to eat and get chunky. We know that boxing is a rough life, with a crazy lifestyle. My brother and I always stay grounded. It’s one thing that Derrick always teaches me, to stay normal.

“Hopefully, Jermall and I will become household names. Maybe then, my brother and I will get the respect we deserve. We’re really good guys. We had a rough upbringing but we support each other. We were doubted. We’re still doubted, I feel. I think we barely get the amount of respect we deserve now. Come down to Houston; give us one of those ‘All-Access’ shows.

“We’re here to take over 2018 and want the fans to enjoy it.”

 

 

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  • learnmore

    Predictions for their next fight, a lot of taking about that they want to fight each other. 154lb division next title fight after December 2017. WBC Jermell Charlo v Jrock/Smith winner, WBA Lara v Castano, IBF Hurd v Vitu, WBO Ali v Smith if Ali beats Cotto, Smith v Kurbonov if Cotto wins & retire. But it more depends on the next updated ratings who is 1 & 2 if Cotto wins & retire.

    • Stephen M

      On another topic, Yvon Michel just cancelled his 27 January boxing event in Quebec City. Postponed actually, but we still don’t know who will be fighting who.

      • learnmore

        I saw that but it was in French but I dont know if the french translation is 100% correct. Also on boxrec its Stevenson v TBA, which I wonder if Alvarez was refusing the stepaside money. If you speak french the first sentence said it was postponed. The 2nd sentece said ” Conflit d’horaire avec Showtime. Dossier d’Alvarez n’aurait rein a voir” it said it translate a conflict with Showtime but the bit about Alvarez did not make sense in english “Alvarez file would have nothing to do”

        • Stephen M

          Michel said that Showtime had requested the January 27 date but now says that Showtime has something else on the 27th. Michel also says that he has proposals for Alvarez and it will be Alvarez who decides whether he fights Stevenson or someone else. So Alvarez has nothing to do with the postponment. So says Michel…

  • Black Oracle

    The Charlo’s are just two guys I couldn’t bet against. Against any of the top guys I can’t count them out……I don’t care if its, Spence, Crawford, GGG, Canelo, Jacobs etc……I can’t say they would lose to anyone. They are very dangerous duo, I believe the most dangerous brothers boxing has ever seen.

  • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

    They even better than them Klitko Brothers!

    • Cousin Strawberry ( Cheech)

      Their good but slow down.

  • Stephen M

    Jermell would probably get more love if he fought more often. 5 fights in 3 years is just enough for me to start being able to distinguish Jermell from Jermall. The truth is that I can only remember his last fight and, vaguely, is fight against Martirosyan.

  • Cashtime

    You gotta love their confidence. They’ve been knocking top contenders out with counter shots you’d never expect and can only see in the replays. There was a time when no one was calling out GGG; well now you’ve got one in Charlo who I’d rather see matched with the Kazman than Canelo.
    Jermell will clean out the JM including a running Lara.

    • John Newman

      The time that no one was calling out GGG was quite a few years ago (when the risk of fighting him wasn’t commensurate with the pay). That passed after the first time Canelo ducked him and lost the WBC belt. Now the people who call him out make no real effort to fight him (or they take their sweet time with negotiations).

      GGG is still the champ, and still the top dog in the division (although a fight against Canelo guarantees any boxer more money). Thankfully, he’s finally being recognized as such. I would love to see a Golovkin-Charlo fight next year (especially if Canelo and GBP stretch the rematch negotiations).