Hugo Centeno Jr. has a tough task ahead of him on April 21 when he faces Jermall Charlo, but Centeno Jr. believes that Charlo is looking past him.
In an interview with Fightful, Centeno Jr., who is fight for the interim WBC middleweight title on a Showtime-televised fight, said that Charlo’s comments of not looking past Centeno Jr., but also looking forward to bigger fights seem contradictory by nature. Centeno Jr. believes he’s the more natural middleweight as Charlo is only fighting for the second time in his pro career at the 160-pound division.
“Yeah it’s something that contradicts itself. It’s a statement that collapses in itself because he’s looking at bigger things but he has me as the task at hand, you know what I mean? Obviously, he’s looking past me because he wants the bigger fights, different fights. It’s the biggest fight of his life right now. Every fight is the biggest fight of your life. We’re fighting for a world title. He’s moving up to the middleweight division, a division where I feel like I’m the more natural fighter. We’ll see what happens,” Centeno Jr. said.
The fight between the two boxers was originally supposed to take place in March, but Centeno Jr. suffered a rib injury that postponed the fight. In regards to his injury, Centeno Jr. said he feels great and no longer has any issues with his ribs.
“I feel 120 percent right now. I feel very strong, very excited and in shape. We’ve had some great sparring and a great training camp. I’m just ready,” Centeno Jr. said.
Fightful will have live coverage of Charlo vs. Centeno Jr. as well as the rest of the Showtime card headlined by Adrien Broner vs. Jessie Vargas. The interview with Centeno Jr. can be seen in the video above.