Rozier: “You Must Smoke Crack To Say Charlo KOs Derevyanchenko!”

Andre Rozier confident in Derevyanchenko against Charlo

Sergiy Derevyanchenko (left), Jermall Charlo
Sergiy Derevyanchenko (left), Jermall Charlo

Andre Rozier confident in Derevyanchenko against Charlo

There is no question that Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KO’s) is excited to challenge for WBC world middleweight champion Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo’s (30-0, 22 KO’s) title. Nevertheless, with this being his third attempt at a world title, there certainly has to be a ‘back against the wall’ element co-mingled with the enthusiasm.

Should the Ukrainian comes up short against Charlo, he may never get invited to the big dance again. Despite the stakes being so high, Derevyanchenko’s chief second Andre Rozier is not sweating the moment. In fact, for his money, Rozier believes that this could be one of his best camps to date.


When discussing his charge, it’s clear to see that Rozier is passionate about seeing him become a world champion. This is also why, when questioned by Fight Hype, he became somewhat miffed about those who viewed him as easy work for the elder Charlo.

“What?! Apparently those people haven’t seen the GGG fight, they didn’t see the Jacobs fight, you got to be smoking crack! Come on with that, but you know, all I can say is there is a lot of people who don’t know about boxing. So I can leave it like that.”

More than just being hype for a fighter under his wing, Rozier supplied a sneak peek into what they were doing in camp and why he was so adamant about their shot at winning.

“The GGG camp was fantastic, as you can see by the results and this camp is going to be even more fantastic. You have one of the hottest young prospects, I expect him to be prospect of the year, in Edgar Berlanga.”

“And he offers massive, massive resistance when it comes to getting ready for someone like Charlo. He’s a bigger puncher, stronger athletically. So Sergiy is going to have to be on his P’s and Q’s when he is getting ready. And that is going to really make sure he is sharp for the fight.”


In the end, the great care being put into the crafting of this camp stems from respecting one’s foes. Rozier and The Technician understand that they have a real monster to subdue on September 26; a more refined one at that, and they are preparing for that type of fracas.

“Quite frankly, the older Charlo who we are boxing, he seemed to have really matured, simmered down. He’s acting more professional, which I like! I mean those hood type semantics, it just doesn’t work, it really don’t work.”

“I like what I am seeing out of him, I hope that he continues to go in that direction instead of all the fanfare and the monkey business. Let’s just work like a real professional: I’m coming to box, I’m coming to win and that’s what it is.”

By: Bakari Simpson

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