WBC, WBA and IBF junior welterweight world champion Jermell Charlo is one step away from unifying the entire weight class.
On July 17th, he will collide with undefeated WBO kingpin Brian Castano to establish an undisputed champion at 154-pounds. Showtime will televise the event.
“This is the most important time of my life. I love this. I’ve been doing this since I was a kid. My experience inside and outside of the ring has all led up to this. Now is the time for me to put it all on the line,” Charlo said.
“Castano is going to leave everything in the ring. So we’re not playing any games. I’ve been training really hard. I’ve added things that have made me better because I know for a fact that this is going to be a great fight.”
Charlo will have the homefield advantage – with the majority of the crowd likely on his side come fight night.
“I love my home state of Texas and I love fighting there. We’re bred differently. We’re a state that’s fought our own wars. This is huge. It’s a legacy fight for me and I’m ready for it. I know what I possess in the ring. When it’s time to fight, I instantly become the best warrior that there is out there,” Charlo said.
“I’ve suffered my whole life, so there’s nothing in this world that can make me suffer more than what I went through growing up. Castano is a great fighter who puts on a lot of pressure. But I know my abilities and I know my power. Every punch I throw is dominant and every shot I throw is painful for my opponent. I have a lot of unique abilities in me and I’m going to bring some tricks into this fight.”
Both champions are coming off significant victories.
Charlo was in action last September when he knocked out Jeison Rosario in eight rounds to unify the IBF, WBC, WBA titles.
Castano picked up the WBO belt when he dominated Brian Castano over twelve rounds back in February.