Via Jack Tiernan: Unified junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo surprised Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford that he needed to prove himself before intending to fight him at 154.
Jermell showed little interest in fighting Crawford leading one to suspect that he might not want any such smoke. It’s hard to believe someone as good as Charlo would fight Crawford, but it looks like he’s doing it.
As the 147-lb WBO champion, Crawford could force Jermell to take on him as a mandatory opponent if he wins the 154-lb title from champion Brian Castano on May 14. .
Of course, Charlo could always go blank to avoid Crawford, but if he did, the whole world would know about it.
Although Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) is a three-time world champion and has accomplished more in his career than Jermell, he was told he needed to prove himself before he could win. Won the title in 154 matches with a three-belt Charlo bro.
The only reason Crawford, 34, is considering moving up to middleweight is a plan B if he can’t take on 147-lb IBF/WBC champion Errol Spence Jr. That was the match Crawford wanted.
But Terence can’t fight Spence, he wants to increase his score to 154 to face the winner of the Charlo vs Brian Castano II rematch on May 14. Sounds like a great idea as it will works well for Crawford and winner Charlo vs. Castano.
At number 1, Crawford has nothing to prove. If anything, it’s Jermell that needs to prove himself because a lot of boxing fans believe he should have lost his last fight to Castano.
Jermell Charlo told Fighthype when asked about the possibility of him taking on Terrence Crawford if he moves to 154.
“Why don’t they fight each other?” Jermell said when told that Danny Garcia was also thinking of moving up to 154. “Leave me alone and they fight each other. They have to work their way to fight the champion. I can’t see you until you prove it, can I? I have proven it.
“I know all the smoke. I see you guys also like the trains when I walk. I look very good. I see your gentle boys going to grow up from 147,” Jermell Charlo told The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer.
“You’ve got a little name for yourself, your Crawfords. My dog lives in Omaha, I know how Omaha rolls. You all have never seen a real *** like this *** here. I like Omaha, there are some studs there.
What if he does what’s best and go fight Errol Spence then?Charlo said when told that Crawford wanted to move to 154 to fight him if he couldn’t get the Errol Spence Jr fight in 2022.
“I have a little respect for all of them, but you have some real work to do with the other 147-pound people. You guys have to go out and get away from messing with me first,” said Jermell.
“We don’t know how many battles we have left. I’m not here to taste. I’m here to taste one thing and that turns out to be undisputed in a high-weight division.
“I don’t know if I’ll do it at 160, and I don’t know if I’ll do it at 154. I’m 154 now and I’m that guy, and I’ve been here domineering. treatment over the years. It’s time for them to respect my name in the world of boxing and I will stand up for who I am and support what I stand for.
Listen, I definitely wish I could be the one to fight Canelo. Canelo, come to 158. I can EASILY get 158, and I’m going to teach him an even better boxing lesson than Floyd Mayweather did, awesome.
“I’ve said it all. I don’t know what happened to them. Give me my bread. My brother can match him at 160 or whatever and all the others. I’m the 154th champion, honey, not someone else, but did you know? I would put these hands on any of these, straight up,” Charlo said.