Houston-based brothers give encouragement, tickets to Saturday night's heavyweight title fight at Barclays Center to young Massachusetts-based boxers.
Jermall and Jermell Charlo have been virtually inseparable since birth, even sharing the distinction of being the first set of twins to simultaneously hold world titles in the same weight class at 154 pounds.
Only one thing rivals the Houston natives’ love of boxing and family, and that’s their mutual devotion to helping out youth. That zeal will be on display tomorrow as the siblings share the spotlight on STEVE, hosted by Steve Harvey (check your local listings for times and channels).
The segment introduces a meeting between the Charlos, born a minute apart and standing a nearly identical 6-feet tall, with young boxers and their coach, Dean Fay, a former police officer in Springfield, Massachusetts—who runs the Central City Boxing and Barbells Gym.
“We know the spotlight on our boxing careers are starting to get bigger and we welcome the chance to be on shows such as STEVE and we're excited to be able to spend time with the kids and share our success stories with kids like us,” said the 27-year-old Jermall.
“The show was fun and just another milestone for us as brothers and champions. We want to do what we can to show the world why we are such success stories too.”
In addition to discussing what it takes to be successful in life, the Charlos presented the children with tickets to Saturday’s heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT).
Jermall (26-0, 20 KOs) was scheduled to fight Hugo Centeno Jr. (26-1, 14 KOs) in the co-main event for an interim 160-pound title—but the fight had to be rescheduled to April 21 after Centeno suffered a rib injury during training.
Both brothers will be in attendance in Brooklyn to host their special guests on fight night.
The pair was supportive financially in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in August, their success joining with the World Series champion Houston Astros as rallying vehicles for the devastated community.
They brothers also assisted at the Houston Food Bank.
“ The show was fun and just another milestone for us as brothers and champions. We want to do what we can to show the world why we are such success stories too. ” Former 154-pound World Champion Jermall Charlo
Introduced to boxing before they were 10 by their father, Kevin, a former amateur fighter, the Charlos’ career arcs were the same until 2007—when Jermell turned pro, while Jermall pursued a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.
Jermall is married with three sons and is nicknamed “The Hit Man,” while Jermell (30-0, 15 KOs), a single father with a son, is a 154-pound champion who goes by name “The Iron Man” and is targeted for his third title defense on June 9 at Staples Center in Los Angeles against an opponent to be named.
“It felt good to be on a talk show with someone like Steve Harvey and to also give back to the kids,” said Jermell, who owns the Charlo Boxing and Fitness Club in Sugar Land, Texas.
“We were able to tell a bit about our story and tell the kids through hard work and focus they can do it too.”
The brothers made history on May 21, 2016 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, becoming the first twins to reign concurrently in the same division at the same time.
Jermell stopped John Jackson in the eighth round for a vacant 154-pound title. Jermall followed with a unanimous decision victory over former titleholder Austin Trout.
Jermall defended his belt for a third time when he scored a sensational fifth-round KO of previously unbeaten Julian “J-Rock” Williams in December. He then vacated his title to pursue a championship at 160 pounds and was successful in his middleweight debut in July, scoring a fourth-round TKO of Jorge Sebastian Heiland, who had never been stopped before.