Hugo Centeno Jr took part in a Media workout in Los Angeles on Thursday to publicise his WBA middleweight title challenge against champion Jermall Charlo at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 21
Centeno Jr is fully aware how difficult the task ahead against Charlo will be but he is now fully fit and prepared for whichever type of fight unfolds on April 21.
Speaking to reporters at the workout Centeno Jr said: “I’m feeling great right now. The rib injury was somewhat a blessing in disguise. Once I came back from the injury I was already in great shape. I feel great and I’m not depleted whatsoever. I’m 100 percent mentally ready for this fight.
“I was disappointed at first because I wanted this fight to happen so badly. I had a chance to regroup and talk with my team and they put me on the right direction. I’ve had a great camp and I believe everything happens for a reason.
“I don’t pay attention to anything people are saying about Charlo. I’m staying focused because I know that this fight can change my whole career. I’m ready to win.
“Charlo is a strong fighter. A lot of fighters stand in front of him but he’s also a great boxer. I feel like I have those same attributes that he has. It’s going to be a chess match and a great fight.
“We have to see who the smarter fighter is on April 21. I know Charlo says he’s going to knock me out in one round, I’m not planning to let him do that. If I get my opportunity, I’m going to take it and I’m going to hurt him.
“I learned from my loss(tko 10 Maciej Sulecki) that I can’t underestimate anyone in this sport. I’ve stayed in the ring and worked the whole time since the loss and it’s shown. Getting that big knockout over Immanuwel Aleem was a great moment and has helped catapult me back to the top of this division.
“This is the kind of fight I’ve looked forward to since I was seven years old. I’m just a kid from a small town trying to make his dream come true. Now the moment is finally here.”