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A few months ago there was speculation in boxing circles that perhaps the mandatory fight between junior middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo and No. Bill Laimbeer Pistons Jersey . 1 contender Julian J Rock Williams would not happen.Charlo, some said, wanted to vacate and move up in weight. Others suggested that Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) was somehow afraid of facing Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs), a notion that seemed crazy knowing the competitive spirit Charlo possesses. Boxing and rumors, however, go together like Floyd Mayweather and money.As it turned out, none of it was true. Charlo had no intention of giving up the hard-earned 154-pound world title he won in 2015 and has so far defended twice, including in his biggest win, a unanimous decision against well-respected former titleholder Austin Trout in a competitive fight in May.The real issue was that Charlo, like millions, had poor vision. He had worn glasses or contact lenses since he was kid. A few years ago, twin brother Jermell Charlo, who also holds a junior middleweight world title, had a procedure to improve his vision.Jermall, however, elected to put it off and make due in the ring with less than optimal sight.I always wanted [the procedure], but Im a superstitious guy, Jermall Charlo said. So I like to keep things the way I always wanted.Eventually, though, his vision began to be an issue, and he faced possible problems being licensed in some states, including Nevada, where he faced Trout.Charlo, 26, of Houston, made the decision to have the same procedure as his brother, which he did this past summer.Its just something I feel like its going to take me to the next level, Charlo said. Im 110 percent, crystal clear. Im good. Im ready.He will need to be ready because he faces perhaps his toughest test in the skilled and powerful Williams, whom he will finally meet on Saturday (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET) at the Galen Center on the campus of USC in Los Angeles, in a fight many fans have anxiously waited for since Williams became his mandatory challenger in March after knocking out Marcello Matano in the seventh round of a title eliminator.In the main event, Argentinas Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) will make the second defense of his secondary featherweight title when he meets former three-division titleholder Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs), of Los Angeles, in a fight originally scheduled for June 25 but was postponed.Charlo admitted that he has had fuzzy vision in his fights, including against Trout.I fought the fight. I adjusted myself to be able to fight unclear, Charlo said. So now I got the procedure done. Yes, the fight [against Williams] was supposed to happen in October. And I wanted it then. But it was just for me to be able to clear the medical exam. Less stress now to go ahead and go [into the fight with] 20/20 [vision], and Im ready now.Charlo had the procedure in July and later sought and was granted a 60-day medical exemption by the IBF, allowing him to delay the mandatory against Williams from October to Saturday. Now he is ready for the fight.Everything happens for a reason, Charlo said. And crystal-clear vision is one of the things that helps me make the fight easier.Charlo said the difference has been huge and he cant even imagine how much better he will be now that he can see everything so clearly, which figures to also include the incoming punches from Williams.It gives me a lot more confidence, Charlo said. Of course, its something important and I probably had to get it. I havent fought with crystal-clear vision my whole life. So now Im even more motivated. Im eager to get in there to see what the new person is like.Williams has been anxious for a title shot for the past year and understandably grew a little restless when the fight was delayed. When the fight was finally solidified, Charlo was calm and cool.I just felt like I wanted to get to work, Williams said. The whole process has made me practice my patience. I wasnt overly excited because I knew I would fight for the world title my next fight with someone. I wanted to start training camp immediately and get myself ready to win.Williams said he was not sure what was going on with the delay at first but was glad everything was worked out for the fight.I didnt really know about the medical situation until about mid-September, Williams said. I actually thought that he would fight. And I did not think about the notion that he would vacate. I thought that he was putting the fight off for whatever reason. But like I said, at the time, I didnt know what the reason was.Now Williams, 26, of Philadelphia, is just pumped up to have his big opportunity against a highly regarded titleholder.All that is under the bridge. It doesnt even matter anymore, Williams said of the delay. The fight is [Saturday], you know what I mean? He said hes going to bring his A-game. Hes got 20/20 vision. I had 20/20 vision my whole life. Now were even. So there will be no excuses.Now both guys are looking at a tough fight with high stakes that will go a long way toward making their name in boxing.Were both on the way up to the top level, Charlo said. Hes definitely one of my best opponents up to this date. Hes hungry as me. Hes my toughest opponent. And Im ready for it.Said Williams: Whenever youve got a 50-50 fight, two guys 26 years old [and] both in the prime of their careers, its going to be a test for both fighters.Its rare we see two fighters get in the ring in this type of fight. So I think its definitely the first step in building my legacy.Ringstar Sports promoter Richard Schaefer is co-promoting the card, his first since resigning as chief executive of Golden Boy Promotions two and a half years ago after a falling out with principle owner Oscar De La Hoya. Schaefer, who founded Ringstar Sports in June, said he believes the Charlo-Williams winner is on his way to stardom.I think you have two of the best fighters in their division fighting in this particular fight, Schaefer said. And so this is an extremely significant fight for the division. And these are two young undefeated and confident fighters who dare to be great.These kinds of fights will separate one from the other, and I think the sky is the limit here within that division and potentially other divisions. But thats how you build a champion into a star and then a superstar. These kinds of meaningful fights. And in order for that to happen, you need to have two fighters who are willing to challenge themselves. And as I said, dare to be great.Henry Ellenson Pistons Jersey .Y. - Detroit goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has earned NHL first star of the week honours after winning in his first three appearances of the season. Isiah Thomas Pistons Jersey .com) - The Montreal Canadiens embark on their first road trip of the season as they head out west to battle the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. http:///...tner-pistons-jersey/ . Defencemen Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and forward Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Canadians, who started their gold-medal defence 2-0. Goalie Roberto Luongo, getting the call in place of Game 1 starter Carey Price, was solid when needed in making 23 saves for the shutout. LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Rams five long weeks in training camp are finally finished. Their busy moving trucks are making their final trip of the year. Even the omnipresent Hard Knocks cameras will be gone shortly.The Rams epic 2016 road show is almost finished -- not counting a little trip to London next month.Its time for this traveling team to settle into Thousand Oaks and the Coliseum. Its time to start the real work of the Rams Southern California homecoming.I think the organization has done a fantastic job on blocking out distractions in relocating, Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said. Were going to move three times in five months, and all these guys do is come to practice every day, come to meetings every day. Thats their routine. The most calm part of what we do is coming out here on the practice field, coming into the meeting rooms. Theres not a lot of new stuff.The new stuff is mostly over, but the Rams are hoping they wont go back to their old familiar standard of mediocrity this season.Los Angeles fans who gave up on the team two decades ago might not know the Rams havent had a winning record since 2003 and havent made the playoffs since 2004. St. Louis fans know all about the past decade of irrelevance, capped by four straight losing seasons under coach Jeff Fisher before the move.The Rams havent been incompetent in Fishers tenure, but they havent been special, either. After making relatively few changes to their roster during their relocation season, its tough to tell how Los Angeles will see a team thats markedly improved from the club that went 7-9 in St. Louis last season.Fisher seems confident his Rams can take the next step in a city firmly behind the new faces in those familiar horned helmets.You cant help but get a boost from the way weve been supported since we got back here, Fisher said. I think youll see that from every guy.Heres what to watch while the Rams homecoming season begins:THIRD-STRING GOFF?: The Rams mortgaged a chunk of their future to draft Jared Goff, but their rookie quarterback hasnt seized control of the team in the way Fisher cautiously hoped when he was drafted.Case Keenum is expected to remain Los Angeles starter to begin the season, and Goff might be the third-stringer behind Sean Mannion. The Rams insistt they arent disappointed in the deliberate start to Goffs tenure, and he is determined to win the job eventually. Grant Long Pistons Jersey. Every day gets better, Goff said. I feel like Ive grown exponentially. ... I dont think Ill ever be complacent and happy with where I am, no matter what. You always want to get better. Thatll remain true throughout my career.GURLEYS GRIND: The Rams offense is built around second-year running back Todd Gurley, the NFLs offensive rookie of the year in 2015. A year after missing most of training camp while recovering from surgery, the speedster is fully healthy after barely playing in the preseason and going through most of training camp with his teammates forbidden to tackle him. Gurley seems eager to carry a heavy load as the biggest star on Hollywoods new team.THATS NOT OFFENSIVE: The Rams had the NFLs worst total offense and worst passing offense last season. They drafted Goff, receiver Pharoh Cooper and tight ends Tyler Higbee and Temarrick Hemingway, but havent added much more talent. Fisher has turned over the offense to coordinator Rob Boras and passing game coordinator Mike Groh, who will work together to coax new success out of largely the same players who struggled mightily last season.BOTTOM LINE: The defensive line continues to be the Rams greatest strength. Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers and William Hayes are still an overpowering unit that can cause trouble for any offensive line or running game. Los Angeles will lean heavily on the citys new Fearsome Foursome (or Fivesome, if you include Eugene Sims) while the rest of the revamped defense gets rolling.HOMECOMING GAME: After the Monday-night season opener in Santa Clara, the Rams will formally return to the Coliseum on Sept. 18 against the Seattle Seahawks and former USC coach Pete Carroll. Los Angeles has only one home game in September and one in October, which wont make this tumultuous season any easier. If the Rams can stay in the playoff race despite playing in one of the NFLs toughest divisions, they finish the year with three of their final four at the Coliseum.---AP NFL websites: and ;Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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