Bad blood boxing matchups are the backbone of any good rivalry and look no further than the rematch that will take place at the end of the year between Tony Harrison and Jermell Charlo.
The rematch of their contest, which saw Harrison win against Charlo in Barclays Center last December for the WBC middleweight title kicked off with their initial press conference last Thursday. Without question, these two still aren’t best friends yet.
While Dereck Chisora, in my view, has the presser of the year for hijacking what would become a fight of the year contender between Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor for wanting top-billing. Stateside in America, Harrison, and Charlo is pretty good leading up to their match that will take place in Ontario, California, on December 21 on FOX.
— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) November 15, 2019
“Every time I see Jermell I just feel like he’s pretending. 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,” Harrison said.
“If I was scared, I wouldn’t be here right now. I didn’t take any fight in between. I haven’t fought for a year, but I wanted to be put right back in it. I could beat him anywhere, it doesn’t matter. We could fight in this room right now. Nothing is going to change. There’s no respect. 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.
Cota was the replacement fight Charlo had back in June as the rematch had to be pushed back to Harrison suffering an injury. Harrison was on hand for the three-round knockout win for Charlo but was not impressed then, and definitely wasn’t at the presser this past week.
Haven’t heard back yet, but Tony doesn’t seem impressed… pic.twitter.com/OtKeAKBcb0
— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) June 24, 2019
“His words definitely sparked the fuel in me that’s on fire now,” Harrison stated. “He talks loud, but he’s not going to do anything. He doesn’t have the skill set to beat me. When he fought against Jorge Cota, he was the exact same fighter he was against me. There was nothing different. A leopard doesn’t change his spots. He’s going to hunt the same. When I say it’s all on the line, it’s really all on the line. I’ve never had a fight that’s been this important. There’s nothing else that matters. This right here can change my life.”
I implore you if you are into trash talk, check below the full press conference that took place on Thursday. As a disclaimer, this video contains explicit language in case you are playing this in a location that you shouldn’t.