Jermell Charlo has laid out what he hopes to avoid against Jeison Rosario.
On September 26, Charlo and Rosario will clash in a title unification bout. Charlo holds the WBC Light-Middleweight Championship, while Rosario has his hold on the WBA (Super) and IBF gold. The championship clash will be part of a Showtime PPV doubleheader.
Speaking to Ray Flores for Premier Boxing Champions, Charlo said that he hopes the judges won’t be needed on fight night (h/t Boxing Scene).
“I don’t want the judges to make the decision for me. I wanna be the one that fight this fight, and I wanna win. And whatever I have to do – if I defeat him in 12, I defeat him in 12. But that’s not what I’m looking for. Obviously, every setup punch is a knockout punch. Every time he make a mistake, I’m trying to make him pay. So, if that’s the case, I’ve gotta give you what you want. I’m going for what I go for. But I can’t speak on it like that because it’s not right. That’s not how I do. I don’t predict the fight. I am the fighter.”
In his last outing back on December 21, 2019, Charlo took on Tony Harrison in a rematch. The “Iron Man” avenged his lone career loss by stopping Harrison in the 11th round to regain the WBC gold, making him a two-time champion.
As for Rosario, he stunned the boxing world with his fifth-round TKO victory over Julian Williams back on January 18. The win earned Rosario the WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO Titles. Rosario ended up relinquishing the IBO gold.
Charlo comes into his bout with Rosario holding a pro boxing record of 33-1. Charlo has 17 knockouts to his credit. Rosario has amassed a record of 20-1-1. Along the way, he has scored 14 wins by way of knockout.