WBC 154-pound champion Tony Harrison and Jermell Charlo don’t like each other, and that was on full display at a heated press conference in Los Angeles on Thursday, as they previewed their rematch taking place Saturday, December 21 in the FOX PBC Fight Night main event and on FOX Deportes from Toyota Arena in Ontario, California.
“Every time I see Jermell, I just feel like he’s pretending,” Harrison said. “He’s convinced everyone he’s the toughest guy in the world. He gets up here and barks and makes excuses. I beat you the first time, and I’m here again.”
Last December in Brooklyn, Harrison beat Charlo by a controversial unanimous decision. However, Charlo believes that losing that fight got him back on track.
“The judges that gave him the first fight woke me up,” Charlo said. “It’s motivating me. I’m past all the talking. I don’t need to talk trash about him.”
According to Harrison, Charlo’s talking is motivating him even more in the rematch.
“There’s no respect,” Harrison said. “I’m going to show him each and every time. I’m not the one to play with. This isn’t Jorge Cota. You have somebody from Detroit. Whatever you want to do, we’re ready to do it at any given moment.
“His words definitely sparked the fuel in me that’s on fire now. He talks loud, but he’s not going to do anything. He doesn’t have the skillset to beat me.”
In the end, both Harrison and Charlo expect to go home the winner.
“I know that I won that first fight, and I’m going to do things in a more dominant fashion this time,” Charlo said. “I’m going to be overpowering and ferocious. It will be the best Jermell Charlo. My plan is to show everyone that Tony Harrison is not on my level.”
Harrison added: “I could beat him anywhere, it doesn’t matter. We could fight in this room right now. Nothing is going to change.”
The animosity between these two fighters could make for a compelling fight. Whether you agreed with the scorecards or not, the first fight was very competitive, so expect the same in the rematch.