Rosario on fight with Charlo: ‘I’m a warrior, and we’re going to see that night who really is the hunter’

Unified 154-pound champion Jeison Rosario(20-1-1, 14 KOs) shocked the boxing world when he stopped then-champion Julian Williams in January, in Williams’ hometown of Philadelphia. Now, Rosario is looking to ruin the Charlo Twins’ pay-per-view debut.

Rosario will battle WBC 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo(33-1, 17 KOs) in a unification fight on Saturday, September 26, in part two of a first-ever SHOWTIME PPV boxing doubleheader presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

According to Rosario, this battle against Charlo will be a war. 

 “This is going to be a great war,” Rosario said via a virtual press conference on Tuesday. “I’m dedicated and motivated for this fight, and I know what it means to face a fighter of Jermell’s quality, so the training has been going great. I’m so ready.

“I am even hungrier now than I was before I won the titles. I’m more motivated. The desire inside of me and the fire inside of me is burning to win this fight against a great fighter in Jermell Charlo. Like the Dominican people say, ‘we have to keep moving forward’ and that’s what I plan to do in this fight.”

The 25-year-old Rosario will go from battling Williams to Charlo, which are two tough fights, and on Tuesday, Rosario explained the difference between Charlo and Williams.

“Jermell Charlo and Julian Williams are definitely two different types of fighters,” he said. “I think Williams has a little more quickness, but Jermell is definitely stronger and has more power. That’s why I’ve had to prepare a little differently for this fight. In regards to who I feel is the better fighter – I don’t want to take anything away from either guy. Williams was a great fighter, and he was considered No. 1 when I fought him, which is now the same position that Jermell Charlo is in. They both have their merits, but I wouldn’t say which one is the better fighter. Jermell is considered the best fighter at 154 right now.”

Charlo calls himself a lion, and the name of his promotional company is “Lions Only Promotions,” but Rosario believes the world will find out who the real hunter is on September 26.

“I consider this to be my time. Empires fall. Presidents fall. Kingdoms fall,” Rosario said. “It’s all very interesting because under Charlo’s brand, you have the lion and you have the hunter and all that. But during the fight, you’re going to find out who really is the hunter. I’m a warrior, and we’re going to see that night who really is the hunter and who is the one that’s going to be hunted.”

The first three-fight card is headlined by WBC Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo taking on vaunted challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko in the main event. Following a 30-minute intermission, the second three-fight card, headlined by the historic Charlo vs. Rosario unification matchup, will begin. Unbeaten former champion Luis Nery will battle undefeated Aaron Alameda for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship in the co-feature, while former unified champion Danny Román faces off against former champion Juan Carlos Payano in a WBC Super Bantamweight title eliminator bout to open the second installment of the

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