Jermell Charlo: I'll Fight Erislandy Lara - I Don't Give a F***!

By Radio Rahim

Last month from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Showtime televised a tripleheader event that featured three world champions from the junior middleweight division.

In the headline bout, WBA/IBO junior middleweight world champion Erislandy Lara (25-2-2, 14 KOs) knocked down and dominated previously unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha en route to a twelve round unanimous decision.

And in the televised co-feature, WBC champion Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs) sent shockwaves with an impressive first round destruction of undefeated Erickson Lubin. It was one of the more anticipated fights of the year, but Charlo closed the book in only 2:41 seconds


Lara and Charlo had previously trained together for many years - when both were under the tutelage of veteran coach Ronnie Shields.

Charlo eventually left Shields and is now training under Derrick James - who may become the trainer of the year for his work with Charlo and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence. Jermell's twin brother, top middleweight contender Jermall Charlo, is still training with Shields as well.

After his win over Guasha, Lara made it clear that he was ready to put friendship aside to get Charlo in the ring for a unification.

"I'm ready to box anyone that comes my way. I'm the best boxer at 154 pounds and I won't shy away from anyone that wants to fight me. I'll box whoever, just line them up. I'm not afraid. I have proven that I'm a true champion. I'll fight (Jermell) Charlo if I have to. We are friends, but business is business," Lara said.

Charlo is well aware of Lara's comments - and he's also willing to put their friendship aside for a showdown n 2018.

"I love Cuban fighters. And I'm getting ready to possibly fight a Cuban fighter, Erislandy Lara - who is in my weight division, who I used to train with, who I used to spar with, who I grew up with - all of that, but I really don't give a f***. I'm saying it just like that. I'm the champ of the world," Charlo told

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Andre_parker1 on 11-07-2017

[QUOTE=garfios;18190530]Are you for real? How many kos have you seen? Casamayor, Rigondeaux, Hernandez, Barrera, Ortiz, Dorticos, Barthelemy, Socarras and even Gamboa (he was at 135 when crawfors kod him, still he alomos ko the bigger guy) just to mention a…

Comment by kushking on 11-06-2017

[QUOTE=Sledgeweather17;18190579]Canelo turned pro at 16 and so what if he fought Trout then? He clearly struggled in that fight to a disputed victory so what does that say about him? Besides it aint like Charlo got schooled in that clip.…

Comment by Sledgeweather17 on 11-06-2017

[QUOTE=kushking;18187981]So back then they were lil kids really? they were 22 yrs old,the same age canelo fought Austin trout,& these guys are 6'+ giants.[/QUOTE] Canelo turned pro at 16 and so what if he fought Trout then? He clearly struggled…

Comment by garfios on 11-06-2017

[QUOTE=Andre_parker1;18186324]jermell Charlo has to learn how to cut the ring off against a mover like lara.. easier said than done..he can't afford for Lara to move like Jackson did...cut the ring off.. and land solid right hands..[COLOR="Red"][B]all or most top…

Comment by JK1700 on 11-06-2017

Hopefully it happens i'd like to see Jermell get the top spot at 154. Plus it's time for Lara to fight someone good after his last few duds. He hasn't had a fight I was interested in since 2014 and…

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