Charles Conwell On Homecoming: “I Always Have To Make A Statement!”

Charles Conwell Welcomes Homecoming Bout

Charles Conwell flexes his bicep.
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Charles Conwell Looking to Steal the Show in Homecoming Bout

In his next at bat, super welterweight contender Charles “Bad News” Conwell (15-0, 11 KO’s) has a juicy twofer on his hands. One, he is fighting the undefeated Juan Carlos “El Terri” Rubio (18-0, 9 KO’s) on the very high profile Jake Paul versus Tyron Woodley undercard. There is no denying that when the YouTuber fights he draws in large numbers of viewers. Naturally, Conwell wants to capitalize on all that attention.

Two, despite the countless eyes watching from their homes, Bad News will be more preoccupied by those live in attendance. This is because his next fight is a homecoming bout in his native Cleveland, Ohio.

“It feels amazing! Like I said local support is amazing for me. I got a lot of people here who is coming out to watch me who never got to see me fight before. So I want to go out there and put on a show for all those people who never got to see me fight.”

“I always got to make a statement! Every fight is a statement fight for me so I got out there try to do my thing for every fight!”


With this set-up, the talented super welterweight can make a major statement on very large stage. Then again there is always the inherent trap of sacrificing your game plan in order to keep the home crowd roaring. In his last outing, just two months ago, Conwell picked up a shutout unanimous decision win over Silverio Ortiz. Prior to that match the Cleveland native enjoyed a four fight knockout streak. Obviously, Conwell would like to start that back up against Rubio, but he is wise enough not to take him too lightly.

“I know that he is undefeated. He is 18-0, he is a southpaw and he is from Mexico. So I know he is going to hang tough. He is going to put on the best performance that he can. This is the biggest fight of his life so I know he is going to do as much as he can to win.”

Heading into this fight Conwell is already ranked #6 (IBF), #10 (WBC) and #12 (WBO). Naturally, Bad News would love to see his stock rise following a memorable win. While he definitely has his mind on bigger things to come later, for the moment though, Conwell has willful tunnel vision.

“A fight like this, with this magnitude, like you said, it’s going to bring so many eyes. It’s going to be so many more people that recognize who I am and once I keep building my name, myself, my profile the bigger fights are going to come.”

“To be honest I’m not even focused on that right now. I have a big task ahead of me. This is a big crowd, I got to put on a great show so that has been the farthest thing from my mind to be honest.”

By: Bakari Simpson

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