Jeison Rosario to put “Iron Man” to the test
Ahead of his upcoming unification prizefight with WBC world super welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (33-1, 17 KO’s), WBA and IBF world super welterweight champion Jeison “Banana” Rosario (20-1-1, 14 KO’s) knows he will have his hands full. Charlo is undoubtedly in a great place mentally having avenged his only professional loss in his last outing. Not only did he avenge the loss to Tony “Super Bad” Harrison (28-3, 21 KO’s), he did so by late TKO.
This is why the Dominican unified champion has no intention of taking Iron Man lightly. In a recent interview with Fight Hub TV, Banana was very candid when discussing the ferocity of his powerful opponent.
“The danger for me is Charlo, he is a dangerous fighter, why? Because of everything that he brings to the table, he is super, super dangerous. But I don’t see myself losing this fight, but the danger in this fight is called Jermell Charlo, he is the danger.”
NOT GOING THE DISTANCE
At the end of the day though, Rosario is a world class athlete who is himself in a great mental space. In his last prizefight, Banana claimed a thrilling fifth round knockout over Julian “J-Rock” Williams (27-2-1, 16 KO’s). The brutal stoppage was made all the more impressive due to Rosario being a significant underdog and it was his first attempt at a world title.
Still riding very high on the success of that night, Rosario does not see how Charlo is going to derail his momentum. Going a step further, not only does the hard-hitting Dominican believe that he will be victorious, unless his Texan adversary is slightly more than human, he can not see him hearing the final bell.
“If Charlo is not made of iron, they call him Iron Man; if he is made out of iron there is nothing we can do. But if he is not made out of iron, and he is human, he is not going to go twelve rounds!”
After hearing the respect that Rosario has bestowed upon Charlo, it’s clear that he is not overlooking him. However, at the same time, he is fully confident that he will be victorious on September 26. If fate proves that is the case, and Banana snatches Charlo’s WBC belt from him, he will be one title away from being the undisputed super welterweight champion.
At that point, he would put his full energy into securing a showdown with WBO world super welterweight champion Patrick Teixeira (31-1, 22 KO’s). If successful there, Rosario has even bigger plans yet!
“My plan is, if they work out, is to win all the titles of the 154 pounders and eventually go to what everybody would like to go, to the best fighter in the world which is Canelo Alvarez…I always said I want to fight the best of the best. Of course I have some tasks ahead of me, but if I pass all these tasks ahead of me, who wouldn’t want to fight the best fighter in the world?”
“If you want to fight the best fighter in the world around the welterweight weight class you have to say Canelo. Because he is the best fighter in the weight classes, it’s a legacy that I would love to have. When my kids grow older [they can] sit back and say, ‘look, wow my dad fought the best and beat the best.’ That is something I would love, why not?”
While these are admirable and very lofty goals, first Rosario must get past the formidable Jermell Charlo. Luckily for fight fans, we do not have very much longer to wait for that high impact dustup!
By: Bakari Simpson