World News – AU – Jermell Charlo draws on motivation behind sibling rivalry with brother Jermall on track to win 154 pounds


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If his blazing combination of speed and power inside the ring isn’t enough to grab your attention, it’s a good bet to hear Jermell Charlo on the mic at some point will do

Charlo has an incredible ability to show the full range of his personality, all at exactly the same time (and usually at full volume) Whether you come back thinking the WBC junior middleweight champion is something humble to abrasive, ultra competitive or overly emotional, you are probably right

Charlo, like his twin brother, undefeated WBC middleweight champion Jermall, is as genuine in his public personality to himself as any athlete in the sport, which has come a long way for two brothers perched on the verge of fame The Mohegan Sun’s unique Saturday pay-per-view card in Uncasville, Connecticut (order on Showtime PPV, 7 pm ET)

Undeniably, it was the passion that Jermell Charlo so regularly shows when he talks about his career, his family or his growing brand #LionsOnly that played a big part in the attention he received and this passion is inevitably rooted in a sibling rivalry that still exists to this day and remains a constant source of fuel going into this first PPV star for both.

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Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) could face WBA and IBF champion Jeison Rosario (20-1-1, 14 KOs) in a fight that puts the winner in control of the junior middleweight division by holding three of the four recognized titles But it wouldn’t be wrong to add that Charlo was just as competing with his one-minute older brother that night in terms of the theft of the show

This is how it’s always been with the 30-year-old brothers from Houston and it’s probably how it always will be

« Always having that one minute tag and always knowing that my brother was one minute older than me, it always made life a lot more competitive, » Jermell Charlo said during the documentary « The Journey: Charlo Doubleheader « from Showtime » I have to work because I know my roots and I know what I have to do to get here

« It is important for the world to know that there was a 154 champion and a 160 champion They didn’t both have the same styles, neither do we have the same attitudes »

While Charlo is already past the stage of comparisons to his brother (or the fact that Jermall was initially seen as the much brighter prospect by would-be promoters), he has yet to show that publicly. May the Charlo twins support each other and work hard to help each other improve, the struggle for singular recognition remains fierce

The Charlos co-titled a PBC card on Fox in December 2018 and had to flip a coin to decide which brother was the last The open rivalry between them was a major reason Showtime decided to give the two a headlining role in their own three-fight card on the same show, separated only by a 30-minute intermission.

« I just want to be remembered as one of the toughest champions with his own attitude It’s me I’m one of a kind even though I’m a twin, » Charlo said. « La way i wanted to get back to sport is to become the undisputed champion It’s about me building my legacy now I made history for the Charlo twins, I made history for us  »

Part of Charlo’s separate growth was his decision in 2017 to leave original coach Ronnie Shields, who still trains Jermall to step into Saturday’s middleweight title defense against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, to unite his strengths with Derrick James The same year Jermall quit his IBF junior middleweight title and officially moved to the middleweight campaign

The new partnership with James has worked very well for Charlo, who trains alongside unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr, although it took a surprising loss to Tony Harrison almost two years ago. for Charlo to take a huge step forward professionally

“You have to own some aspects of the fight that you maybe could have improved on,” James said “It made him hungrier, made him realize that they will take it from you if you don’t go out for prove your point « 

Harrison’s unanimous decision stunned many onlookers who comfortably scored him for Charlo as the biggest puncher But anger at the loss produced a new resolve within Charlo and led him to arrest Harrison in December to regain his title categorically

« After losing in 2018 I told everyone it just gives me jet fuel and when I come back I come back full blast » said Charlo « That’s what I am from I have nothing to lose I won’t let him take anything from me

« I believe I won this fight I had a bad Christmas that year I was Mr Scrooge so Mr Scrooge had to change his life Just love me a lot more and me being me, it is what drove me I’m even more dangerous than before I’m an old school fighter here I’ve been dedicated to this game and I’m not going anywhere Stay out of my way, because I’m here ‘man who carries things « 

Charlo took advantage of the pandemic to invest in himself by building a gym at his house Although he respects what Rosario brings to the table as the hard-hitting champion who upset Julian Williams in January by knockout, Charlo is more focused on himself and his family

“When you think of a lion you think of family and vicious animals You have to fight for that,” said Charlo “We hit the road when we were younger and made it where I come from , few children get by

« Rosario, he’s only a man and I’m only a man If you’re better than me, beat me You might think it’s that easy, it’s not not so simple I want all the belts and now I feel like I’m the king of the division « 

While the title of king of the 154-pound division is certainly on the line this weekend for Charlo, one has to wonder how being considered the best lion in his own family remains a big part of the reason why it is also composed before the biggest fight of his professional career

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World News – UA – Jermell Charlo relies on the motivation of sibling rivalry with brother Jermall on track to gain 154 pounds


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