Willie Monroe plans on making his latest world title challenge third time lucky when he faces Jermall Charlo.
Monroe battles Charlo on December 22 close to his home at the Barclays Center as the New Yorker bids to capitalize on his good form.
Two comeback victories in 2018 on the back of a failed trip to the UK against Billy Joe Saunders have set Monroe up for an interim WBC title shot.
The 31-year-old Willie Monroe, Jr. (23-3. 6 KOs) has shown the skills to compete at the elite level. But the slick southpaw will face a tough challenge when he goes up against the hard-hitting Charlo.
Fighting out of Rochester, Monroe will be fighting for the second time in his career at Barclays Center after he scored a unanimous decision over Carlos Galvan on March 3.
He followed that up by beating Javier Francisco Maciel by unanimous decision on Aug. 24. Monroe has faced top middleweights Gennady Golovkin and Saunders throughout his career.
“I’ve been in this position before and it won’t faze me on December 22,” said Monroe.
This is my third shot at a title. I’m the third Willie Monroe from my family in the line. Having already fought twice for the title, I know that the third time is going to be the charm.
“There’s a job to be done and nothing about it will be easy. Jermall Charlo is right up there with my past opponents Gennady Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders, so it’s another tough outing.
“But it’s definitely a challenge that I’m up for and a challenge that I think I can conquer,” he added.
No stranger to a position as underdog, Monroe knows he has a solid fight on his hands to take Charlo’s crown.
A triumph against the odds would put Monroe in prime position for a fight with Canelo Alaverz in the future.
Tickets for the show, which is being promoted by Lions Only Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with DiBella Entertainment, are on sale now.
Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.
They can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.