Undisputed Junior Middleweight Champion of the world Jermell Charlo wishes to see the creation of a union in professional boxing, as he isn’t satisfied with how champions have to pay the sanctioning bodies for the belts they hold.
You fight under these sanctioning bodies—you pay them 3% every time you fight: Jermell Charlo
One of the most accomplished boxers in the world right now, Jermell holds the four major belts at 154- the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF titles. However, that does not suppress the fact that he wants to see the unionization of boxing, as well as the implementation of a pension plan and other provisions and protections that the sport is currently lacking.
Speaking to former NBA forward Stephen Jackson during a recent appearance on Fight Towns on Showtime Sports, Charlo spoke his mind about wishing to see union in boxing.
“I wish we could create a union in this boxing,” said Charlo. “I wish it could be our era that could do it. Like you fight under these sanctioning bodies—you pay them 3% every time you fight. Me, I got four of them because I have all the belts. I got to pay 3% to each one of them, 12% just to box. That doesn’t go back to me. Just to fight.”
“I wish there was a union in this thing. I wish I could put together a system that could make everybody sign up under a league, but then it’s like I gotta have a big, I gotta have some fuckin’ investors or something,” he went on. “Ain’t no way I’m gonna be like let me take a fight check and [spend my own money on a union]. But, sh!t, if [Floyd] Mayweather really wanted to, I’d sit down with Mayweather. Mayweather’s got some bread, some investors, and all of that big honchos.”
“But I don’t think they can ever make a union in this thing, dawg,” added Charlo. [H/T Boxingscene.com]