Jermall Charlo lays gauntlet down to

Jermall Charlo lays gauntlet down to Chris Eubank Jr

Published On Wednesday, December 4, 2019By Tim Rickson

The middleweight dvision takes centre stage in the States this Saturday night

Four of the world's best middleweights, all with very similar stats, will clash in two top world title fights in NY.

WBC Middleweight Champion Jermall Charlo (29-0) will defend his title against highly-ranked contender Dennis Hogan (28-2-1), live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions on December 7 in Brooklyn.

Middleweight star Chris Eubank Jr. (28-2) and top contender Matt Korobov (28-2-1) meet for the Interim WBA Middleweight Title on the same card.

Despite Charlo and Eubank fighting in seperate bouts, the pair are experiencing a war of words with each other.

Texan Jermall 'Hit Man' Charlo, 29 from Houston, was quizzed about Eubank Jr fighting on his undercard this Saturday, "I see him talking and saying everything that he was saying. It doesn't matter. He wanted to talk himself into a fight with me or someone bigger because he is running out of time. Like he ran out of gas, he is going to run out of time and before you know it, I'm going to be right there in his face.

"When I get in his face, they don't ever say any of that. They all talk over the Internet and they say these things but they know what's really up. It's Jermall Charlo. I'm not one of those fighters who's going to do the bumping and grabbing and stuff like that. We are going to fight. So let him talk. I'm not from the U.K. I'm from Houston, Texas. You have got to do your research.

"They can say whatever they want to say but when it's time to fight I want to see them talk that same game. Everybody that's been saying this and that about Jermall Charlo, they have got to live up to it."

Eubank Jr was also asked the same, “When I dispatch of Korobov, Charlo is definitely the name that’s on my radar.  He is seen as one of the elite fighters in the middleweight division and I intend to prove that he is not on my level. It will be satisfying stamping my mark on the division against Charlo after I beat Korobov. I think it will be a great fight for the fans as together our styles would make for a very exciting bout.”

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, with the opening bout of the telecast featuring former world champions Marlon Tapales and Ryosuke Iwasa as they meet for an interim 122-pound title.