‘Why don’t you want to fight at 160?’: Benavidez confronts Charlo about catchweight during press conference


As WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo readies himself for his return after a two-and-a-half year hiatus, he makes an appearance with Jose Benavidez for a virtual press conference.

And as unbelievable as it’s been that Charlo has been able to maintain his world title without a mandatory defense in years, it’s now been revealed that this return fight will be a non-title bout taking place at 163 lbs. Benavidez made sure to let Charlo hear about that when they spoke today.

“You’ve been training for a while,” Benavidez said. “Why don’t you want to fight at 160 then? There’s no discipline there, is there.”

“I fight at 160. I’m the champ at 160,” Charlo responded.

“Exactly. So why ain’t you fighting at 160?” Benavidez asked again.

Charlo didn’t have a direct response to that, but it kicked off a bit of banter between the two fighters for a short while until Brian Custer was able to bring things back to ‘parliamentary procedure.’

Check out the full opening press conference video in the link above.

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