It has just been announced that the scheduled March 3rd Showtime fight between Jermall Charlo and Hugo Centeno Jr. has been pushed back due to a rib injury Centeno Jr. suffered during training camp.
The March 3rd card will now continue as a two-fight telecast, headlined by Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz Jr, with Charlo-Centeno Jr. being rescheduled for an April 21st PBC on Showtime telecast.
“I’m devastated,” said Centeno. “I’ve been in the gym for a long time. Being so close to a fight and accomplishing my dream of a world title it’s devastating.
“It happened during sparring. I tried to work through the pain and as the day progressed and the adrenaline subsided I had to go to the ER and get checked out. It’s a good enough injury that it had to be postponed. Nothing was broken, but it was severe enough to keep me from fighting.
“I was just about to peak. Now I have to taper off a bit and cut back to let my body recover and then pick it up and get some momentum back.”
Charlo also expressed his disappointment in the rescheduled fight.
“I’m ready to go,” said Charlo. “I’m 167 pounds right now, and this was the best camp I’ve ever had. I’m so disappointed. I’m at a loss for words. When you want something so bad and you don’t get it, you can’t be a kid about it. You just have to deal with it.”
“I’m hungry and I’m ready to get back in the ring. I’m still coming to the fight though. I’m going be there to support Deontay. I love Barclays Center and all my fans in Brooklyn.”