Charlo: Harrison Made Right Call To Pull Out
Three days before his return to the ring against Jorge Cota, former WBC light middleweight champion Jermell Charlo took part in a media workout in Las Vegas.
Charlo, who was initially set to fight Tony Harrison for the title Charlo lost last December by what many consider to be a controversial decision, is now fighting Cota due to an injury suffered by Harrison in training camp.
“I want to get him out of there,” Charlo said of Cota. “This is a fight to show that I’ve been back and I never left. I feel like the judges took my title, so all I can do is go in there and be me.”
“It was a quick change to Cota, but I’m always ready for anybody. Tony Harrison could have gone in there fighting like Cota, so it’s no difference to me. I’m prepared for anything. This is just the kind of adversity that champions face.”
“Everyone’s going to see how hard I trained and think that Tony Harrison made the right decision not fighting me right now,” Charlo concluded.”
“I don’t feel any pressure at all for this fight. On the contrary, I’m very motivated to spoil Charlo’s plans on Sunday night,” said Cota during his own training session. “This win would give me an opportunity to fight for a world title and that’s why I’m in this sport. I want to reach the top and become world champion.
“I’m not worried about what Charlo brings to the ring. I know he’s a great fighter, but I have the power, speed and boxing ability to beat anybody. I’m confident of how this fight is going to end on Sunday.”
Charlo-Cota headline a PBC on Fox card taking place from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, airing at 8 pm June 23rd on FOX.