WBC middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo [29(21)-0] isn’t worried about ‘number 30’s’ unwavering confidence going into their world title fight.
The two weight world champion puts his title on the line against Dennis Hogan [28(7)-2(0)-1] in the Barclay’s Center on December, but has resorted to calling the Australian based Kildare man ‘number 30’ in reference to him potentially being his 30th victim.
The American noticed the unique self belief the ultra positive Lillywhite displayed at the press conference, but claims he wasn’t effected by talk of ‘destiny’ and certain victory.
One of two champion boxing brothers claims all his opponents have come to the ring with in confident mood, but all left it without a win in the bag.
“I’m not worried about his confidence,” Charlo said.
“Every fighter I fight is confident. He’s number 30. That’s what I call him. Dennis number 30. That’s what he is, so I’m not worried about it. We’re gonna get in there, and we’re well prepared. “
Hogan, who spends time everyday envisioning his success, dismissed worries with regard to moving up from light middleweight to world level at 160lbs.
The DDP fighter made particular reference to power revealing, as he did before he fought supposed monster, Jaime Mungiua, that he competed against light heavyweight hitters in elite amateur competition.
Champion Charlo, still predicted the knockout and claims at the very least the Kilcullen man’s ‘heavyweight’ chin will be tested.
“So, you know, you get a chance to get in there and see what he can do against, you know, my skills, my speed, my power. What, he said he had a heavyweight chin? Well, we gonna find out on December 7th. We gonna find out how heavy that chin is. And all the subliminal talk that he have, this belt not going nowhere. Number 30, stop talking like that.”
Hogan goes into the fight as underdog, just like he did in his world light middleweight title fight with Munguia. Most felt he won that fight and made a laughing stock of the many who felt he blown away by the big for the weight star.
Charlo argues it’s not just about the ability to cope with size suggesting he he is a much better all round operator than the Mexican 154lbs champion.
“We could fight tomorrow and I’m ready. One-sixty is my division. Me and [trainer] Ronnie Shields, we drew up a nice game plan. I’m not Jaime [Munguia] or none of the fighters he done fought before.”