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Andre Rozier sees Jermall Charlo maturing heading into Sergiy Derevyanchenko fight

Derevyanchenko’s trainer isn’t taking Charlo lightly at all.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

During this interview with Andre Rozier, who trains Sergiy Derevyanchenko as he heads into a big clash with Jermall Charlo, the trainers talks a bit about the growth he’s seen from Charlo recently and why he thinks it could prove beneficial for Charlo’s career.

On Deveryanchenko getting a lot support and picks from fans to win as he goes up against Charlo:

“Let me say this about Charlo: he has, as of late, showed more maturity...sometimes people put on some antics because they think that this is what people want to see. And I think he’s realized that that’s really not what people want to see. People just want to see an athlete perform like a professional, and not like a YouTube entertainer. So he has been showing a lot more maturity in his interviews, in his professional life, and even when he was commentating.

“This is the Charlo that I like to see. When they’re acting up — and it’s more so the younger brother than the older brother — when their acting up, for me it just doesn’t make sense. It’s not cool, it’s not good, and it almost brings about that immature bratty type characteristic. So he’s been showing more maturity and I look forward to him displaying that.

“I think a lot of people have grown to not appreciate what they’ve been doing. And this is a problem. You get people to hate you and more people hate you and then eventually the judges hate you — and we know what happens then because me, in my opinion, I thought the younger Charlo when he fought Tony Harrison, he won the first fight...that just goes to show you, you’re the champion, the house favorite, it should go your way, and it didn’t.

“Your actions, people get tired of seeing that. It’s not cute, it’s not fun, it’s none of that. So I’m looking forward to a more mature Charlo and maybe people will see that and respond a little because a lot of that polling — as sure as my name is Andre Rozier — is hate.”

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