Mike Tyson Challenges Jermall Charlo to Fight and Win Against the Best!
Appearing on former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s podcast, “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson,” was WBC 160-pound champion Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo (32-0, 22KOs). The unbeaten champion is slated to return to the ring on June 18 in his hometown of Houston, Texas. He will be defending his title against Maciej Sulecki (30-2, 11KOs).
Charlo has been highly criticized since making the move from junior middleweight to middleweight nearly four years ago. His lack of quality fights has been a constant talking point when his name is brought up. In a division that at one point included Daniel Jacobs, Demetrius Andrade, and Canelo Alvarez, none of those fights ever materialized. Current middleweight champions include IBF champ Gennady Golovkin and WBA champ Ryota Murata. Those two champions are scheduled to face each other on April 9 in a unification bout.
NO BITE AT 160
Charlo more recently tried to secure a big fight against unbeaten former world champion Jaime Munguia. However, that fight fell through at no fault of his own. Still, there are plenty of other middleweight bouts he bears some blame for having yet to happen.
He’s had public spats with both Daniel Jacobs and Demetrius Andrade in the past. He even went as far as telling Andrade and Jacobs to meet him at the Wilder-Fury 2 bout back in February of 2020. Still, nothing came of it. Charlo has always stated that he wanted to fight the best and that he was the best in his division, yet his actions convey a different message. To play devil’s advocate, he has always called for a fight with Alvarez and Golovkin.
CRUSH THE COMPETITION!
Tyson, one of boxing’s greats from the past, who fought some of the best fighters in his era, had a message for Charlo.
“When you’re in this business, your whole purpose is to crush the world to your feet! Motherfucker out there think he can beat you! Get the fuck out of here!”
It’s clear that today’s fighters have a different mentality than those of boxing’s golden era. With some potential exceptions, there’s a lot more thinking about the business aspect of the sweet science than the legacy aspect.
At 32 years old, the time is now for Charlo to either dare to be great or be known as a champion who never quite challenged himself against the best of his era.
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By: Jerrell Fletcher