Tony Harrison vs Jermell Charlo 2: The Heated Build-Up Continues!
When it comes to the fight game, some fights are just more fun in the build-up than others. For example, when boxers such as Adrien Broner, Dereck Chisora or Tyson Fury are involved, the fans know for a fact some hi-jinks are going to transpire.
Not so much with guys like Manny Pacquiao, Terence Crawford or Vasiliy Lomachenko. Currently, the build-up for Harrison v Charlo 2 remains one of the more enjoyable rides! The two will stage an upcoming rematch to their controversial December 2018 prizefight.
Following 12 rounds of competitive action, Tony “Super Bad” Harrison (28-2, 21 KO’s) walked away with the unanimous decision and Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo’s (32-1, 16 KO’s) WBC junior middleweight strap. The two have shared an intensely vitriolic relationship ever since.
NO BRAKES AND OUT OF CONTROL!
This antagonistic relationship was perfectly surmised in the most recent segment of PBC on FOX’s Face to Face. The piece opens with a narrated summary of their first encounter and the bad blood that was born there. The meat of the show however, and the portion most worth watching, is when the fighters are sitting down face to face.
Sadly for host Brian Campbell, he was woefully unable to effectively referee the back and forth woofing of the two fighters. At numerous points, Campbell would try to jump in and steer the conversation only to be routinely ignored. Rather than stick to the script, the agitated boxers opted to shoot shots at each other
IN THOSE FEELINGS
Staying true to his reputation, Charlo was clearly the more animated and emotional of the two competitors. The fired up Texan could not express enough how much he craved to get back in the ring with Harrison to right what he feels was a major wrong.
The former champion also had great difficulty talking about anything for very long before bringing up Harrison’s recent ankle injury.
The two originally planned to stage a rematch back in June. However, that fight was canceled when Super Bad announced that he suffered an ankle injury in camp.
Iron Man has never believed that the injury was legitimate. As he has done since June, Charlo accused Harrison to his face of faking the whole ordeal.
“[on the injury] I was like, it’s all BS man, its all BS [to Harrison]. Come on man, you now it is, I don’t want to play back and forth with you about what’s honest and what’s not.”
Jermell Charlo – Former WBC Junior Middleweight Champion
MR. COOL IS ALL SMILES
Sitting across the table, Harrison largely retained the laid back demeanor that he’s demonstrated throughout the pre-fight hype. There is definitely a fire burning in his belly, but it is not as overtly evident as it is with Charlo.
When occupying his time on the microphone, Super Bad chose to harp on how he was simply the better athlete overall. In his mind, there is very little that Charlo can do in the way of alterations to his form of attack.
The WBC champion is also firm in his stance that not only is he the better physical specimen, he is also far sturdier, mentally speaking.
“I am a better athlete than this man. Listen to me, I will beat this man at anything that we do. I am just that better athlete, and I know in my heart I will never lose to a sucka! He’s a sucka!” ~Tony Harrison, WBC junior middleweight world champion
If the actual bout is half as good as the cantankerous interactions before the fight, we are all in for a real treat!
3kingsboxing will continue to monitor the situation.
By: Bakari Simpson