Jermell Charlo is seeking his right of passage through the super welterweight division which he believes begins this Saturday night when ‘Iron Man’ pits his wits against seasoned contender Vanes Martirosyan in Las Vegas.
At just 24 years-old, and with a standout 25-0 record, Charlo is edging ever nearer to a world title shot and knows one more victory this weekend should be enough to seal a chance against one of the champions at 154 pounds.
“Every time I step in the ring, every time I get ready for a fight, I feel like just there’s never been a time where I repeat myself or do something the same. I’ve been learning from all my past mistakes. Every win I’m still learning from. I can’t wait to fight,” said Charlo.
“Just like Vanes, he’s hungry, he’s ready. I’m ready. I feel that this is a tough fight. Every fight is a fight for my life.
“Vanes is a great fighter — grew up with him. I know what I bring to the table. And this fight is a fight for manhood, it’s a fight to show who the real tycoon of the sport is in the 154 pound weight division. There’s a lot at stake, so it’s more than a title fight to me.
“You know, winning this fight to me, a world title would be ideal. A world title is important. I want to fight for a world title. That’s every boxer’s dream and envision whenever they’re young.
“Fighting for the world title matters and all this extra stuff, but if I’m here building my name and building my brand, that’s just as important. Being a household name throughout the World Boxing Council, everything. That matters to me,” he added.
Charlo fights on the same bill as his twin brother Jermall who is scheduled to fight Michael Finney over eight rounds on the Palms Resort Casino card.
Tickets for the live event are priced at $200, $100, $75, $50, and $25, plus applicable fees are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or by clicking HERE. Tickets are also available online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Charlo v Martirosyan, alongside Jhonny Gonzalez v Gary Russell Jr, is live on Showtime in the US from 10pm and on BoxNation in the UK from 2am