The big time American boxing scene will come towards an end this Saturday night after a fine year for the sport in 2018 it should be noted.
Not long ago boxing was thought to have been dead in America but this year has proved that it couldn’t be further from the truth.
The Charlo brothers have definitely been part of this revival in recent years and will return to action this weekend live on Fox.
Speaking at their final press conference today here’s what both men had to say:
JERMALL CHARLO “Once I heard about the new opponent, I knew that we had work to do. Nothing I can do about someone who was unprofessional. I didn’t put my head down; I knew that we’d make another fight. I’m glad that Korobov stepped up to the plate. I think it’s going to be a great fight. “Every fight is tough. I’m not sleeping on this guy. I’m sleeping this guy. “This is a great chance for me to put on for my fans and my people. There’s no disappointment. Korobov is a different kind of fighter than Willie Monroe, but I am prepared to fight against any style. “I’m one of the guys at middleweight that’s been getting overlooked. People think I might not have done enough in the division, but that’s only because I haven’t got the chance to fight the best out there. “I have to figure out a different game plan for each fighter I step in with. I know he’s coming to fight and I know he’s bringing anything he possesses into the ring to beat me. It’s my duty to make sure that doesn’t happen. “Me and my brother are both hungry. We want the fans and everyone to know that we’re the best in the world. Sooner or later the rest of the world will know it. “Korobov was on the undercard so I know that it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for him. I’m well prepared for the challenge. I’m going to get in there and show my professionalism Saturday.”
JERMELL CHARLO “Everyone will see Saturday night that I’m just different than these other guys. I’m going to get in there and do what I have to do for 12 rounds. If I do that, Jermell Charlo should prevail. I’m going to put my life on the line like every time I step into the ring. “I’m a hungry fighter. All the talk on the outside, that makes me want to destroy my opponent. I’m going to choose to be dominant and go out and destroy this guy. “Now that we’re here, me and my brother have big opportunities. We can’t drop the ball. This is important to us and we’re going to take advantage of it. It’s only right that me and my brother close out this year. “I want to go first on fight night. I want to take everything that I’ve been building up and put it on display Saturday night. “I’ve had a great camp and I have nothing to worry about. I’m not going to let Tony Harrison stand in the way of what I’m looking to accomplish. These fighters can’t punch with me, they can’t box with me, and at this weight division, I know I’m the best. “People doubt that I’m the best at 154-pounds and that fuels my fire. These other fighters are just in my way. “I look at every fight as 0-0 for both guys. I don’t care about any extra stuff going on. We’re both coming to fight and we’ll see who wins.”
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 Charlowill battle Tony Harrison in defense of the WBC Super Welterweight World Title.
The fights take place this weekend live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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