Opportunity knocks loudly at the door of the intense twin pugilists out of Texas, and media in attendance at the Wednesday workout held at the famed and fabled Gleason’s Gym in DUMBO, Brooklyn got a taste of what a wider world could possibly see if their trajectory arc plays out as hoped by their backers at PBC.
Jermell aka Lil Charlo …
..had the assembled media magnetized as he talked about his Saturday Barclays clash against Tony Harrison, to an extent, because his countenance suggests that he might well answer a dopey query by ripping a left hook off on the offending keyboard tapper or video taker.
But he really perked up our interest when that intensity went to 11 as he talked about the PED positive that propelled Matt Korobov into the fight against big bro Jermall, who owns the WBC interim 160 crown. PED positive people should be drummed out of the sport, fined, maybe even jailed he said, he said, taking a double barreled shot against Victor Conte, who VADA offender Willie Monroe Jr was working with heading into the Saturday tangoes at Barclays Center.
And then Jermall (seen in Steph Trapp pic over headline) offered up a classic performance as he took questions from the NY boxing media crew; he too took a shot at Conte and company, but more so made clear, his intensity dialed up to 12, or so, that he wanted to test himself against the division’s best. Give me Canelo….let me have a crack at GGG…I will even take B side status and won’t get hung up over purse demands, he told us. I just want to show myself and the world what sort of man I am, was his declaration.
Let me be clear: the messaging impressed me….and so I’m hoping, a part of me, that his showing on Saturday keeps up that tone and helps a lobbying effort which will propel us toward the sort of compelling showdown at 160 which we are promised at 154 pounds, with a Jermell versus Jared Hurd collision promised for the second half of 2019.
All in all, the Charlos’ performance at Gleason’s bumped up my interest level in the Saturday slate. Here are quotes from the event, which also featured the heavyweights who’ll share space at Gleason’s, Dominic Breazeale and Carlos Negron, and also Tony Harrison, who has a chance to screw up 154 Charlo’s momo, as well as Matt Korobov, who steps in for Monroe, and wants to show the boxing world that his effort to land a big deal scrum was warranted.
PBC ON FOX & FOX DEPORTES MEDIA WORKOUTQUOTES & PHOTOSJermall Charlo vs. Matt Korobov, Jermell Charlo vs. Tony Harrison & Dominic Breazeale vs. Carlos Negron This Saturday, December 22 Live on FOX & FOX Deportes & Presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center in BrooklynClick
BROOKLYN (December 19, 2018) – As fight night approaches, fighters competing on Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes event showed off their skills at a media workout at world famous Gleason’s Gym before they step into the ring on December 22 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™. The event is headlined by the Charlo Twins defending their world titles and a heavyweight showdown between Dominic Breazeale and Carlos Negronbeginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Jermall Charlo, who won a coin toss with his brother, will close the show in a 12-round WBC interim middleweight championship bout against Matt Korobov, while Jermell Charlo will battle Tony Harrison in defense of the WBC Super Welterweight World Title. Tickets for the show, which is being promoted by Lions Only Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with DiBella Entertainment, begin at $50 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP. Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday afternoon in Brooklyn: JERMALL CHARLO “Professional athletes have to be ready for anything. I’m ready for whoever is in the ring against me and whatever he brings. We’ll see who is at their best on Saturday night. “This is a headlining card for the Charlo Twins and we’re ready to put on a show for our family and our fans. I’m ready, I’m sure Korobov is ready, so let’s get it on. “I know that Korobov has been training because he was on the undercard. I’m thankful he accepted the fight and I just hope he’s done everything right to prepare for this fight. I’m doing it right, and now we’re going to fight. “Brooklyn is one of my favorite places to fight. This is familiar territory here. I’m going to prove once again that I’m one of the best in the world.
“I don’t know Korobov but I know that every fight is difficult. You never know what these fighters are doing. I’m a professional and I continue to make it look easy. “I have a weapon that no one has been able to figure out. Once they do, I have a whole bunch of other weapons. I’m 28-years-old, I’m having the time of my life beating these guys down. Sooner or later, I’m going to get the megafights that everyone wants.” MATT KOROBOV “It was a surprise to get the call for this fight. I was sleeping and preparing for my second workout of the day. But I was training hard already so I accepted right away. “I’ve been preparing as hard as I can to make everything go exactly how I want it to on Saturday. It’s short notice but we’ve made the proper adjustments to the fight plan and we’ll be ready to make it happen in the ring. “I don’t pay any attention to outside noise or anyone who doubts me. I’ve been preparing for this all of my life. This is my second opportunity to become a champion and I’m going to make the most of it. I’m going to show everything I’ve got. “I have to be the best version of myself on Saturday night. I’m going to take all of my amateur and pro experience and mix it up to make a great performance.” JERMELL CHARLO “I feel really good right now. Everything is on point and where I need it to be. It’s fight week and it’s time to show out. I’m going to show up and put on for Lions Only. There’s nothing more that I can ask for than to be here to show everyone my abilities. “I’m excited to show my skills again. This is big for me. I have an opponent who has the mindset to come in and dethrone me. He wants to stop the show, but it’s not over yet. “I know that he needs to maintain his composure while trying to win a fight. Tony Harrison is a tall, rangy fighter but it’s nothing I haven’t seen before. He knows who he’s dealing with. My experience cannot be overlooked. “This training camp has been incredible. I’ve locked in with my coach and I’ve worked hard so that I’m fresh and at my best. I can’t wait to step into the ring on December 22. “I hope Tony Harrison is at his best. There are certain things that he does well and we just need to make adjustments when we get in there. If he wants to box, we can box but if he wants to bang, we can be the aggressor. “Brooklyn has become the new pinnacle of boxing for a lot of fighters and especially for me specifically. I’m winning with knockouts here and I’m excited to get in the ring at Barclays Center once again and do what I have to do.” TONY HARRISON “Camp was amazing. I don’t think it could have gone any better. Based on all my other camps, I know that I’m absolutely ready for this fight. Now it’s just the anxiousness of waiting. “I’m working on staying very composed right now. This is another day in the office for me. We’re just waiting to see how Saturday plays out. “This isn’t my first time fighting on the big stage at Barclays Center so I won’t let the emotions overcome me. No matter who I’m facing or what the platform is, I’ve been fighting my whole life. This is second nature to me. “I really had the time heading into this fight to have a camp as great as I had. I’ve had the opportunity to get some amazing sparring in. Everyone came in and really competed. It was tough work. “I’m just going to come in and do my job. When I become champion I’m going to get that same respect from everyone.” DOMINIC BREAZEALE “Whether it’s in sparring or in primetime, I’m always going to bring it. This is a big platform on FOX so I have to show up. The lights are on you and I can’t wait. “I’m excited right now because I’m chasing Deontay Wilder. I want that WBC title. I have this fight ahead of me, but I have to beat him to get what I really want. I want to fight for the biggest prize in the sport. “I stopped Eric Molina last year at Barclays Center to become the WBC mandatory and I’m just trying to keep winning while I wait my turn. “I’m a crowd-pleasing fighter. I keep the fans on the edge of their seats. I can move for my size and I have knockout power. I’m looking for the knockout shot every single time.” CARLOS NEGRON “We’re prepared for what Breazeale and anything he can bring into the ring. He’s a tough opponent but I’ve trained too hard not to leave it all in the ring. “This has been a great training camp. I had tremendous sparring that pushed me to another level. I’m excited to get out there and show it all on fight night. “This should be a great fight for fans. I’m planning on being aggressive and bringing the fight to him. I hope he’s ready for it, because I don’t want any excuses after the fight.” # # # Fans can live stream the fights on the FOX Sports app, available in English or Spanish through the FOX or FOX Deportes feeds. The fights are available on desktop at FOXSports.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. For more information: visit www.premierboxingchampions.com, http://www.foxsports.com/presspass/homepage and www.foxdeportes.com, follow on Twitter @PremierBoxing, @FutureOfBoxing, @TwinCharlo, @PBConFOX, @FOXSports, @FOXDeportes, @TGBPromotions, @BrooklynBoxing and @Swanson_Comm or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PremierBoxingChampions, www.facebook.com/foxsports and www.facebook.com/foxdeportes.