Jermell Charlo on Harrison: “He’s Doing a Whole Bunch of Hiding!”

Jermell Charlo Questions Tony Harrison's Integrity

Jermell Charlo
Jermell Charlo

Jermell Charlo doubts Tony Harrison is injured!

While at a recent media workout, Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (31-1, 15 KO’s) took the time to chat about a number of subjects. Of course, the subject of Tony “Super Bad” Harrison (28-2, 21 KO’s) came up.

Harrison was supposed to be Charlo’s opponent this June 29 on FOX. Unfortunately, Harrison pulled out of the bout due to an ankle injury sustained during training camp.

Despite the fact that the injury will require surgery, Charlo is highly skeptical of the claim. Therefore, instead of Harrison, Jorge “Demonio” Cota (28-3, 25 KO’s) will step up to the challenge.

On December 22, 2018, Harrison upset the former champion by way of unanimous decision. Ever since, neither man has said much of anything good about the other.

“I was actually going through a whole lot during that time I was fighting Tony Harrison. I still, to me, personally pulled out the victory.

“Man, I had court dates I was facing, I was facing fucking prison sentences and all kinds of shit. Now, my mind is clear. I’m facing good opposition right now. Thank God Jorge Cota stepped up to the fight.”

According to Charlo, he had received a number of calls and texts detailing the difficulties that Super Bad was experiencing in camp. Among those updates, he had heard Harrison was struggling, getting rough-up by sparring partners and was even knocked out.

In the end, those are the real reasons, not the ankle, that Iron Man believes caused the Detroit fighter to withdraw from the prizefight.

“I feel like personally, you know, I been hearing from a lot of different people, you know what I’m saying?

“Everybody hit me up, everybody! He got knocked out in training camp, his training camp was hard, it was difficult. If he faked an injury, if he didn’t.

“Obviously to the world, it looks like he faked an injury, so that’s what we rolling with. He got to prove it too. He’s doing a whole bunch of hiding. So hopefully he invested money into his fakeness.”

Changing Tone

When talking about the fight game and Harrison, it was obvious that Charlo was bit crunchy. However, his lighter side blossomed when Iron Man began discussing his family.

His kin initially came up when Charlo was queried about his brother, Jermall, and how life was as fighting brothers. The two shared a camp and coach for years, until Jermell thought it would be a better fit if he left to find his own team.

Now, he finds himself under the tutelage of the very capable and successful Derrick James. James is also the trainer of IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr.

Jermell is content with his new setup and feels prepared to take on the world. However, he finds his greatest motivations come from outside the gym.

This influential motivation comes in the form of his family, and more specifically, his children.

“I work hard, I go fight, I put my life on the line so I can feed my family. You know what I’m saying?

“So after that, we eat, we have a good time and go back to training camp. Until boxing is done for me, I got to make a way.”

By: Bakari Simpson

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