Jermell Charlo on Potential Conor McGregor Fight: 'He Knows Who to Call'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2018

Jermell Charlo enters the ring before his WBC World Super Welterweight World Championship bout against Erickson Lubin, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
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Whether in the boxing ring or the Octagon, Jermell Charlo will be ready for a fight with Conor McGregor.

In an interview with TMZ Sports that was published Saturday, Charlo responded to a question about potentially fighting McGregor with, "It's wherever he want to fight. Conor's a grown man. He knows what to do. And, he knows who to call! We always on standby, especially for an MMA fight,"

Charlo, who's unbeaten with 15 knockouts in his 31 career fights, is set to defend the WBC light middleweight championship against Tony Harrison on Saturday night in Brooklyn, New York.

For a matchup with McGregor, Charlo will probably have to get in line because the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion will have plenty of options for his next move.

Both McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov received indefinite suspensions from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for their involvement in a brawl following their fight at UFC 229 in October. According to MMA Fighting's Marc Raimondi in early December, the commission had agreed to delay a hearing with McGregor to discuss sanctions, and no new date has been announced.

Shortly before those reports, UFC president Dana White posited that Dustin Poirier could be a sensible opponent for McGregor should he return to the Octagon. White added, however, that he's unsure when McGregor would be cleared to fight based on his ongoing case.