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Jermell Charlo says he'll never fight his twin brother, Jermall (Paul Beaty/AP photo)

There have been a lot of successful brother combinations in boxing history, but probably none more so than Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. The heavyweights hold all of the major belts, with Wladimir owning the Ring, the World Boxing Association, the World Boxing Association and the  International Boxing Federation belts, while Vitali has the World Boxing Council title. Neither of them have been seriously threatened in years.

Houston's Charlo brothers, though, may go the Klitschkos one step better if they are able to reach their goals. That's because, unlike the Klitschkos, the Charlos are identical twins who are just a minute apart.

Jermall Charlo (8-0 4 KOs) is one-minute older than "baby" bro Jermell Charlo (16-0, 7 KOs).

They'll be fighting together on a card Saturday at Reliant Arena in Houston, where the headliner features a super lightweight bout between champion Erik Morales and budding star Danny "Swift" Garcia.

Jermall will fight Sean Ryan Wilson in a six-round super welterweight bout, while Jermell will meet Chris Chatman in his first-ever 10-rounder.

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Jermall Charlo (Paul Beaty/AP photo)

Like the Klitschko brothers, the Charlos don't plan to fight each other, they told Kelsey McCarson of The Boxing Tribune. Jermall told McCarson their trainer, the highly regarded Ronnie Shields, won't even allow them to spar.

The Klitschkos say they won't fight each other because it will upset their mother. But with the Charlo brothers, it's an entirely different reason.

Jermell and I made a similar agreement to each other that we will take to whatever division we grow into and hold titles there. Last time we did spar, it was too intense so Ronnie Shields won't allow it anymore.  We are each other's motivation, not competition!

Jermell told KTRK, Channel 13 in Houston that the brothers began to box because their father was an amateur boxer. But beyond that, Jermell had an interesting take on why they fight rather than compete in another sport.

Because it's hard. It's a difficult arena to be in. You got to be ready, equipped. You have to dedicate your whole life to it.

Jermall Charlo trained for his fight in Big Bear, Calif., with former world champion Sugar Shane Mosley, who serves as his advisor.

He pleaded for the Houston crowd to turn out early to watch them, because he said the fans are in for a treat.

It's a homecoming for us, so please everybody, please show up and be prepared for a rumble, because it's going to go down.

The brothers won't fighting on the televised portion of the card -- HBO's broadcast will open with James Kirkland against Carlos Molina and then Morales-Garcia -- but to hear Jermell talk, it's only time until they are featured.

We're going to be the next world champions out of Houston!

They have a long way to go to even think of a championship. But they have a good style and playful personalities. Their journey should be enjoy fun to watch.

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