Charlo On Fighting Spence: “He’s My Brother. It Don’t Sit Right With Me!”

Jermell Charlo Sees No Reason for an Errol Spence Fight

Derrick James (L) with Jermell Charlo and Errol Spence (R)
Derrick James (L) with Jermell Charlo and Errol Spence (R) | Credit: Stacey Verbeek

Jermell Charlo has No Appetite for a Clash with Errol Spence

While it does not happen every day, oftentimes boxers who call themselves friends are put in the precarious situation of having to battle one another. Sometimes those fighters embrace the opportunity while others shy away from it. In a recent hypothetical scenario, the two friends in question went in opposite directions when revealing their thoughts on the matter. In this instance the boxers being posed the question were WBA Super, IBF and WBC super welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KO’s) and WBA Super, IBF and WBC welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (28-0, 22 KO’s).

Given their overall dominance in their respective divisions, it’s not a puzzle as to why folks are dreaming about this particular dustup. The potential becomes more intensified when realizing that Spence is a big welterweight who could move up at any time. When he was questioned on the matter, The Truth displayed zero compunction about going to war with this friend to advance his legacy in the sport. After surviving a terrible car crash and dodging a major bullet with a detached retina, Spence is not looking to pass up anything of note in his professional career.


Despite Spence’s gung-ho nature regarding his willingness to go to war with Charlo, the latter was not as eager and it was not his first time expressing this sentiment. When somewhat needled on the subject by Fight Hub TV, he revealed a miniscule willingness to sign that contract but it was very clear he’d rather not go down that road.

“Not in my eyes, I don’t see myself fighting my own brother. It don’t sit right with me. My mama told me never to fight my twin brother and I’m never going to get in there and fight someone I consider my brother. But if the money is right, like Errol said, and they over there giving us crazy, crazy amount of dollars, we might as well take it and have a good sparring session with each other!

I just don’t see myself trying to punch with all my strength and all the workability trying to punch on somebody that I got passion for, love for. We share the same trainer, somebody that I look up to. Errol Spence is like a big brother to me too. It’s [he is ] a big dog in the game I can’t see myself fighting. But there is other motherfuckers out there that need to get beat up!”

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It will be interesting to see what becomes of this prizefight in the next twelve to eighteen months. Each is only one bout away from undisputed but Spence has talked at length about moving up soon, whereas Charlo has not. Therefore, there is a great probability both will be housed at 154 late 2022 or all of 2023. With their splendid accomplishments, there just might be the money Charlo needs to see made available. So, let’s wait and see how this scene resolves itself because these two friends may be fated to become in-ring rivals!

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By: Bakari Simpson

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