Charlo Won't Return to Houston Home Until After Lubin Fight

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Jermell Charlo hasn’t been able to return to the house he owns on the outskirts of Houston since Hurricane Harvey ravaged his hometown.

Charlo cannot break away from training camp in Dallas to see with his own two eyes just how much damage has been done to his home. Thus far he has relied on reports from a few friends and some photographs.

He knows that the mailboxes for his development were completely under water. He also is thankful, though, that the area in which he lives wasn’t hit harder by the devastating storm.

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“I would love to get back home, just to walk into my house,” Charlo told before a press conference Wednesday at Barclays Center. “I haven’t been able to do that. I just had a few people go back and check on it. But everything is good. I can’t think about that right now.”

The 27-year-old Charlo can’t concentrate on flood damage because he is trying his best to remain focused on his mandatory title defense against unbeaten Erickson Lubin, a dangerous southpaw from Orlando, Florida. Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) will defend his WBC super welterweight title against Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs) on October 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part of a “Showtime Championship Boxing” tripleheader.

Charlo didn’t consider pulling out of the fight once Hurricane Harvey hit Houston hard, yet he admits it has been a distraction while he has been preparing at trainer Derrick James’ gym in Dallas.

“I’m not gonna say I thought about pulling out,” Charlo said. “But I did think about like, ‘How the f*ck am I supposed to fight with all of this going?’ That’s 50 percent of my weight. You know? How am I supposed to wake up every morning and train? How am I supposed to check my mail? Our mailboxes are under water. … So it’s kinda crazy.”

As for Lubin, his training camp won’t be impacted by Hurricane Irma.

The severe storm could affect his hometown of Orlando, Florida, starting Friday, but Lubin moved his camp to New York and New Jersey a few days ago. Lubin and his handlers implemented that camp plan long before meteorologists began warning Florida residents about Hurricane Irma.

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 pepzz on 09-09-2017

Lubin looks pretty good. I'm actually looking forward to this one

Comment by Boxing lives on 09-09-2017

And yet Charlo looks to be in excellent shape. He needs to be at his best because Lubin is a beast.

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 09-09-2017

Lubin/Charlo should be Charlos biggest test so far... and it wouldn't surprise me if Lubin shocks him. As for Houston, or any Gulf states or east coast states, you couldn't pay me enough to live near the water. That's a…

Comment by angkag on 09-09-2017

Yet another fight to look forward to. Not sure how good Lubin is yet, but he might be the real-deal and we get to see against Charlo. Nice fight (potentially).

Comment by Barristan on 09-09-2017

[QUOTE=Edward90;18029202]I got to commend these young fighters for having the strength and professionalism to keep pushing through their hard times. This will be the best fight on that card in my opinion.[/QUOTE] Yep...commendable indeed

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