By Rich Cheney: Jermall Charlo is ready to spring on the boxing public a new and improved version of himself this Saturday night in his WBC middleweight title eliminator bout against Jorge Sebastian Heiland on the undercard of the Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia fight at the Barclays enter in Brooklyn, New York.
Charlo says he’s faster, stronger and better with his boxing skills. We’ll see if that’s the case on Saturday. Heiland (29-4-2, 16 KOs) is also saying that he’s got more punching power after working hard on it during training camp. Heiland already has a lot of power. If he’s gained additional punching power, then that’s pretty scary.
“This is a new Jermall Charlo who’s better, bigger, faster and stronger. It’s my job to show everyone that on Saturday night,” said Charlo. “My job is to go in there and do what I know how to do. Hopefully I can corner one of those big names soon. I’m not running from anyone. I’m here to fight the best in the world.”
Charlo and Heiland will be fighting to try and earn a fight against the winner of the September 16 fight between WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Charlo has no preference in which of the two that he’d like to fight. Either of them would be fine for him. Canelo obviously is a PPV star on HBO. That fight might bring Charlo the most money compared to fight against Golovkin on regular HBO. But if Golovkin beats Canelo on September 16, then his popularity might be such where he’s transformed to a PPV star in his own right.
“I know that Jorge is a come forward kind of fighter,” said Charlo. “He’s going to try to put a lot of pressure on me. It’s my debut at 160 pounds so I get a chance to go up against someone who’s never been knocked out before and who has knocked out known fighters. I’m preparing for the best of him. I want to continue to move up to the bigger names, like I’ve been doing. Hopefully my performance in this fight will get me more notice from those big names and get me those fights.”