Fighting Words: What Did Chris Eubank Jr. Say About Jermall Charlo?
Chris Eubank Jr. isn’t exactly enamored with Jermall Charlo.
Charlo is set to put his WBC Middleweight Championship on the line against Sergiy Derevyanchenko as part of a Showtime Boxing doubleheader on September 26. Many believe this could be Charlo’s toughest test to date. Derevyanchenko gave Gennadiy Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs all they could handle in losing efforts.
Speaking to Premier Boxing Champions, Eubank expressed his belief that Charlo isn’t the elite 160-pounder that many make him out to be.
“Listen, [Charlo] has done what he had to do to get that belt, and I respected that—I respect any man that gets in the ring and handles his business. Sure, he can scrap. He’s not afraid to go toe-to-toe. He has an energy about him which has helped him get to where he’s at. But as far as what he brings to the table, it doesn’t impress me. I don’t see any danger in what he brings to the ring. Derevyanchenko is not particularly fast or strong but he’s solid. And he’s not afraid.”
Eubank went on to say that he doesn’t believe Charlo has beaten anyone noteworthy.
“I think Charlo is still green, that he still has a lot to prove. He hasn’t fought anybody of note, who would be a true test. Knocking guys out at the lower level doesn’t mean much. When you’re in there with a killer, then we can really assess him.”
Eubank is the interim WBA Middleweight Champion. He captured the gold back on December 7, 2019, against Matt Korobov. Eubank scored the second-round TKO victory after Korobov couldn’t continue due to a shoulder injury. Eubank is riding a three-fight winning streak. His record stands at 29-2. Eubank’s career losses have come against Billy Joe Saunders and Georges Groves.