Charlo: Golovkin Knows Pressure’s On, Fierce Dog Waiting for Him

By Keith Idec

Jermall Charlo couldn’t care less what Abel Sanchez or anyone else thinks about his readiness to challenge Gennady Golovkin.

The undefeated middleweight contender is sure Golovkin recognizes that he poses a legitimate threat to the Kazakh knockout artist’s middleweight championship reign. Charlo can take his most significant step toward earning a shot at Golovkin by beating Hugo Centeno Jr. on March 3.

Houston’s Charlo (26-0, 20 KOs) and Centeno (26-1, 16 KOs, 1 NC), of Oxnard, California, will fight for the WBC’s interim middleweight title that night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (Showtime). The Charlo-Centeno winner is guaranteed an opportunity to fight for the WBC middleweight title Golovkin owns.

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“When [Golovkin] go to sleep at night, he knows the pressure is on him,” Charlo said during a conference call Thursday. “He know that there’s a young, hungry and 160-pound fierce dog out there. And that’s me. I’m out here. I don’t care about Abel Sanchez. He ain’t the one getting in there taking punches for Golovkin. So he can’t say sh*t about me. He don’t know me until he comes to Houston and find out what I’m about.”

Due to his well-documented dispute with the WBC, Alvarez is not expected to pay a sanctioning fee to fight for the middleweight title he once owned May 5. Therefore, if he beats Golovkin, Mexico’s Alvarez wouldn’t be obligated to fight Charlo, who’s rated No 1 by the WBC.

Regardless, Charlo hopes Golovkin or Alvarez can win convincingly May 5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, so that there’s no need for a third bout. Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) fought to a controversial 12-round draw September 16 at T-Mobile Arena.

“I don’t give a sh*t what they do,” Charlo said. “I’m ready. I’m ready to wait and I’m ready to put everything on the line. Hopefully they’ll get a chance to settle this fight and move on, and I’ll be right there waiting.”

The 27-year-old Charlo, a former IBF junior middleweight champ, plans to beat Centeno in the type of fashion that’ll create demand for him to fight Golovkin or Alvarez.

“Hopefully I can catch the eyes of those Canelo fans and those GGG fans that I’m here,” Charlo said, “and that I’m ready for this action and I’m ready for this level. Hopefully, you know, after my hand is raised on March 3rd, you all will get a chance to see what I’m really made of.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by j.razor on 02-28-2018

[QUOTE=Beercules;18512086]I dont know how he is mandatory, boxing is such a joke. [B]He will get smoked when his time comes. [/B] And please I didn't ask for the Brook fight and I said it was a joke. Miss me with…

Comment by j.razor on 02-28-2018

[QUOTE=BreWall;18512365]You pick and choose what suits you, eh? Canelo and GGG are HBO fighters as well. And they're fighting in May. They'll most likely be back six to eight months later. So YOU pay attention. What would Charlie do in…

Comment by j.razor on 02-27-2018

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;18518845]Don't respond to my comments ever again[/QUOTE] Comment me May 5th....LOL

Comment by genrick on 02-25-2018

Oh he;s waiting for Glovkin. Nobody knows when he's coming back after his rematch with Cnelo. Very cute. Meanwhile, Charlie will hid in the shelves for many months. Typical PBC fighter bs. Why even bother with these clowns is beyond…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 02-25-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18511274]Nelo will beat lil g again. This will be his 3rd loss in a row....triple L.[/QUOTE] Don't respond to my comments ever again

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