Jermell Charlo vs. Charles Hatley: It takes grinding to be a king
By Xavier Porter, Brooklynfights.com
April 4, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Saturday, April 22, live at Barclays Center, one-half of the only twin brothers in the history of boxing to hold world championship belts simultaneously will face an opponent that has had his sights on taking his rightful place within the 154lb division. Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs/WBC super welterweight champion) will defend his title against Charles Hatley (26-1-1, 18 KOs).
Charlo is making the first defense of his world title since capturing it in a thrilling knockout victory against John Jackson (20-3, 15 KOs) in 2016. Hatley, who hasn’t fought since defeating Anthony Mudine (47-8, 27 KOs) for the WBC Silver super welterweight title in 2015, has had his eyes set on facing either Charlo brother for a world title.
Both men are natives of Texas with Charlo of Houston and Hatley of Dallas. For this fight, it doesn’t matter if both men are from the same state or have come across one another during their careers, whether in the amateur scene or professional. For this fight it’s all about who wants it more.
“I am the champion. I’m still hungry. We’re both natives of Texas but its two completely different worlds. I live nothing like these guys and those guys live nothing like me. This is another victim that’s coming to jeopardize my life and my lifestyle. It’s not about where he’s from and Texas, none of that.”
“I give everybody a chance. There is nothing overlooked. He has never fought near the competition I’ve fought as a professional. I’m a different individual; I’m a stronger fighter, smarter fighter, faster fighter. Every opponent, every victim, has a different way of coming at you.”
“He knows what he has in front of him. So it’s really about me getting in there, doing what I have to do, and being my best by doing it. I don’t care about who he fought, who he’s sparred, or who he’s stopped. None of that matters to me. We all got different DNA.”
“The layoff was good for me. I actually needed the layoff but I never stopped training. I’m well prepared and ready to fight.
“He’s a great fighter and he’s coming to win just like I am. But he’s never gotten a test like this. I’m sure he’s fought several fighters that they knew he was going to win against. But this fight here they don’t know that he’s going to win.”
“I’m actually feeling like it’s another Australia fight I’m focused, I’m ready and I’m prepared for whatever’s coming. I have to bring the belt back to my city.”
With so much on the line for both Texas natives the plot thickens as the current state of the 154lb division has tantalizing matchups that can take place for both men after a great victory.
The WBC junior middleweight championship between Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) from Houston, Texas against Charles Hatley (26-1-1, 18 KOs) from Dallas, Texas is the co-feature for Andre Berto versus Shawn Porter, the WBC welterweight world title eliminator will begin live on SHOWTIME at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT from the Barclay Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 22. Tickets for the live event are on sale now. They can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, Barclays Center.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000, 1-800-745-3000.