Unified WBC, WBA, and IBF World Champion Jermell Charlo and WBO World Champion Brian Castaño will battle for undisputed status at super welterweight as all four 154-pound belts hang in the balance for the first time in history on Saturday, July 17 live on SHOWTIME from AT&T Center in San Antonio in a Premier Boxing Champions event.
Looking into the eyes of both men during Wednesday’s press conference, you can tell they would go in the ring right now if they could.
“We have 10 days to go, and I’m excited,” said Jermell Charlo. “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.”
Brian Castano is chomping at the bit too. He describes this fight as ‘the fight of his life.’
“This is my opportunity,” said Castaño. “I’m a world champion, and Charlo is a world champion. The chance to become undisputed is just ten days away, and I can’t wait. This is my time. This fight is so important for my life. I hope to become undisputed on July 17 for my country and my Latin supporters.”
Castaño acknowledge Charlo’s skills in the ring, but noted that he hasn’t seen nothing yet. “I’ve seen Charlo knock down a lot of fighters with just one punch,” said Castaño. “That’s something to look out for. However, I have more of a variety in my arsenal than anybody he has fought before.”
Charlo was made for this moment. He knows what he possesses.
“Every punch I throw is dominant, and every shot I throw is painful for my opponent. But I know my abilities, and I know my power. I have many unique abilities in me, and I’m going to bring some tricks into this fight. When it’s time to fight, I instantly become the best warrior that there is out there.”
Charlo guaranteed a ‘more developed Jermell Charlo’ on July 17. He also discussed the reasons why this is such a big event for him. “This is a major fight because it’s history for my family and me. It’s huge for everyone that I represent and that’s been supporting me for all these years. It was due time to get in there for this fight. The belts and the money are not on my mind. What’s on my mind is the legacy.”
Castaño is looking to make history.
“I am out for glory,” said Castaño. “I want to be the first in history to be the undisputed champion at 154 pounds in the four-belt era, and one of the best Argentinian and Latin American boxers ever lived. I’m going for it all.”