Jermell Charlo & Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis Showtime Media Workout Photos
Jaron “Boots” Ennis and 154-pound unified champion Jermell Charlo previewed their respective upcoming matchups during a media workout in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Charlo has made it clear his goal is to keep the judges from deciding his fate when he takes on 154-pound WBO world champion Brian Castaño in a rematch of one of the most important fights of 2021, which is ended in a tightly contested draw. They will again seek to become the first undisputed men’s super welterweight champion of the four belt era.
Here’s what the fighters had to say Wednesday from the Churchill Boxing Club in Santa Monica:
“I don’t want this fight to go far. I don’t get paid for overtime.
“I’m excited and I’m ready to go. I will give fans an exciting and entertaining show and have fun. I’m ready to rock. I put everything on the line, and I’m ready to destroy it.
“Castaño is going to have to do something different this fight. Otherwise, he knows he is falling asleep. Whatever he does or whatever he does, I’ll be on top of him. My goal is to knock him out.
“I approach this fight like I approach any conflict. I come in there like I’m 0-0. Let’s go and see who’s the best. Let’s see who the real dog is.
“I don’t take much from the last rematch I had against Tony Harrison. It was another adversary. I’m just preparing for Castaño. There’s no correlation to my last revenge. I’m just focused on who I’m facing.
“I’m just focused on my career and my job. I want to be front row and see that I’m unchallenged and say it’s an animal. Being on the unanimous list means more than being on pound-for-pound lists. It’s my time.
“I made some changes, but it will still be the same Jermell Charlo. I’m ready to enjoy what lies ahead.
“I don’t know if this fight will be like the first one. Could be a quicker night. It should be. Otherwise, it’s going to be entertaining for 12 rounds.
“I don’t care about pound-for-pound lists and if I’m on them. If I win those belts, they might have to. If I go in there and knock him out or mind my own business for 12 rounds, that’s it. They can’t refuse me.
“I haven’t fought on this site since much earlier. It’s a little chilly right now in Southern California, but I know once I warm up I’ll adjust no matter what Saturday is.
Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis
“I don’t care who I face. It doesn’t matter who it is. I want everyone and anyone. They can line them up, and I’ll knock them down.
“Everyone already knows how this fight is going to go. I’m going to put on a show. I will step into the ring and be dominant. I get this knockout at the end of the night and I make a statement.
“It’s great performing here in Southern California. It’s a new fan base to see me get another knockout. I can’t wait for Saturday to shine in front of my new fans.
“I don’t know too much about my opponent. I’m not too worried about what he’s going to bring. I don’t usually watch movies that I fight on unless I’ve seen it by chance. I let my team look into that stuff.
“I’m going to do what I always do. I can understand these opponents in 30 seconds. I see how they come and go from there.
“I feel like I’ll get my chance sooner rather than later. I think the end of the year or next year is possible. I’m either going to fight Errol Spence Jr. or Terence Crawford or a vacant belt.
“I don’t believe a fighter is afraid of another soldier. I know the best just make business decisions. It’s the best for their career. If I can’t get the top welterweights while they’re here, I’ll see them at 154 pounds.
“I don’t feel like I have to prove anything to myself. I don’t worry about outside noise. As long as I’m doing my thing and winning, preparing for the world title, that’s all that matters.
“Charlo and Castaño should both be confident going into this fight. They went to war the first time, but I think Charlo will win this time. I think he understood Castaño. Charlo was getting it back at the end of the first fight, and I think he’s going to start earlier this time and go for the knockout.