Jermall Charlo discussed his views on a range of topics, including the struggles he faced, the respect he believes fighters deserve, and the importance of mental health.
Charlo emphasized his determination to overcome adversity, hinting at personal challenges he had recently experienced. He suggested these adversities were a crucial part of his journey as a fighter and an individual.
“Everybody goes through things, you know, and I faced my adversity…The best thing about it is that I get a chance to beat the adversity.”
In response to a question about respect for fighters, Charlo stressed that he and his brother, fellow professional boxer Jermell Charlo, fight not only for their legacy but also for their family and wealth.
“My brother is going to be the winner…he’s fighting for his legacy, his family, fortune, wealth. That’s what we fight for.”
Charlo further stressed the need for people to respect the fighters, regardless of who they support. He candidly admitted,
“They don’t have to [respect us], they can respect whoever. I know you’re a great fighter, and your brother as well, y’all know what we come to do.”
When discussing the importance of mental health, Charlo expressed how crucial it was for him to open up about his personal struggles. He believes his openness could inspire and help many others.
“At a point in my life, I didn’t know what mental health even was…Now that I’m mentally focused and I feel like I’m better, I’m a better person.”
Charlo feels that by sharing his own experiences, he might encourage others, including fellow fighters, to openly discuss their feelings and struggles.
“We are fighters at the end of the day…if I’m able to share with you and tell you the things that I’ve been able to do to beat the adversity, [I hope it can help].”
Charlo admitted he had to take a step back from boxing to deal with his mental health issues. He emphasized the importance of taking time out for self-care, putting safety first.
“Sometimes it took me to get away from boxing… I’d rather be safe than sorry.”
The professional boxer closed out the interview by expressing his gratitude for the support he received, notably from the WBC (World Boxing Council).
“They [WBC] understand my problems, they understand what I’m going through. I’m gonna give y’all the best Jermall that I can give y’all and I’d rather do that at the right time.”