Jermell Charlo aims to go one better than brother Jermall by stopping Austin Trout

Joe Hewlett 11/05/2018

Esther Lin

Jermell Charlo (30-0-0) has promised to deliver a knock-out performance as he prepares to make a third defense of his WBC light-middleweight title.

The unbeaten American goes into battle with fellow native Austin Trout on June 9 at the Staples Center.

‘Iron Man’ is a heavy favourite to retain the WBC strap and the 27-year-old has vowed to make a statement of intent.

“Me and my brother talk the talk and we walk the walk. From this point on in our careers, we’re going full force and it’s going to be nothing but knockouts,” declared Charlo.

“Every fight in my life is important because the man standing across from me is there to beat me. Kobe Bryant used to talk about how he knew everyone was going to come at him extra hard whether it was practice or a game, because of who he was and the status he had. I know that I can’t take anyone lightly.

“I’m an animal. I love to train. I’m right on weight and really happy about how I feel. I’m in dog shape. I’m going to show everyone on June 9 what’s supposed to happen. You all know what to expect.”

Continuing to praise himself and twin brother, Jermall, he continued: “Our careers and our records are growing and you’re getting to see more of the Charlo’s. We’re jolts of lightning for this sport. We’re giving people real problems. We just get in there and do what we do.

“We’re ready to keep putting on shows for everyone. My brother just did his thing in Brooklyn and now we’re taking it to the West Coast. I love Los Angeles. I live here, and I love training here. Me and Jermall both have knockouts at STAPLES Center and we’re going to turn it out on June 9.”

Jermall – who is hoping to secure a world title fight with the likes of Gennady Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders – defeated Trout himself in 2016, winning via a points decision.

However, Jermell is confident his match-up with the 32-year-old won’t go the distance next month.

“I know that I have to get in there, put my mind to it and do what I have to do. It’s his job to beat me and I’m preparing to stop him. The ‘Charlo Show’ is going to keep going. I’m not worried about Trout’s fight with my brother. Every fight we’ve been growing and changing.

“I didn’t have to go through what Trout had to in his last big fight against Hurd. I’m the fresher younger fighter. I don’t take away anything from what he’s done in his career, but I have my own career and legacy and he’s standing in my way.”

“Me and my brother are a force to be reckoned with. We train super hard. I’m not leaving that hard work in camp, I’m taking it to the fight.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95