Dillian Whyte threw some hard launches this weekend, but arguably the hardest shots were thrown by Jermall Charlo, who took to Instagram and went live with some severe smack talk.
The Texas middleweight will be in action April 21 at Barclays Center, when he fights Hugo Centeno, on a card topped by Adrien Broner, who’ll be fighting Jessie Vargas. The card is pretty stacked, being that another young gun of considerable talent will be auditioning his skills; Gervonta Davis is also set to scrap, against Jesus Cuellar.
Charlo in fact made mention of those two folks, fellow PBC boxers, in his lively video which went viral.
First, off the 26-0 boxer took aim at Broner. He said he’s bad luck for AB, and the Ohioan tends to underperform when on a card with Jermall. People will be coming to see him, not Broner, he stated.
“No, I don’t want to be on Adrien Broner’s fuckin’ card, I’m just speakin’ facts,” the Texas heavy-hitter stated. He said if Broner looks bad, that makes the whole card look bad. If Broner loses, he’s “deleted,” he cracked.
He seemed unimpressed too with Davis’ presence on the slate. “That lil nigga ain’t fightin’ nobody,” Charlo asserted. He said that because Davis is signed to Mayweather Promotions, he isn’t and wouldn’t be matched tough. Jermall continued. He called Gervonta fat, and a Mayweather knockoff. He said that Gervonta doesn’t act tough when he sees him, and mocked his stuttering. He also mocked Baltimore, Tank’s home turf.
Jermall welcomed Davis to talk tough on site. He then tried to click into a softer gear, and hype the card.
But Tank wasn’t pleased.
Yeah, he went there. Tit for tat, I guess…
It went further, which will be making organizers a bit antsy about the atmosphere come April 21 in Brooklyn. (My guess is that all will be on best behavior then. But maybe not, this is not the fight game, it is no game, how seriously these guys take it…)
The Charlos, a tag team, didn't back off…
Seems like as of now, though, things have been smoothed over….
Brother Jermell seemed to be in peace-maker mode…
My three cents: Cooler heads and handlers for all these guys will be on high alert, and in soothing mode, from now until all parties exit the building on April 22, after midnight, after the fights and press conferences, and possibilities for them to clash, end.