- Charlo moves up two weight classes to face Canelo
- American confident size will not be an issue
- Canelo could face Spence or Crawford next should he overcome Charlo
Jermell Charlo exudes confidence as he prepares to face Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in what promises to be a monumental bout. The undisputed light middleweight champion has accepted the challenge of moving up two weight divisions to take on Canelo, who currently holds all four major titles at super-middleweight, and is adamant that size will not present him with a problem. The showdown is scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on September 30 (the early hours of October 1 in the UK).
Charlo, who stands at an imposing six feet tall, is resolute that the transition from competing at 154lbs to facing the best at 168lbs will not pose a problem. He described himself as “naturally big”on the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast. “The world of boxing only sees me when I weigh in. They don’t know my real size. I’m six feet [tall]. They don’t know I can fill out and beat a naturally bigger guy in that ring.”
With a formidable record of 35-1-1, Charlo has not only avenged his sole defeat but also emerged triumphant in a contentious rematch against Brian Castano following a draw.
While Canelo recently inked a substantial three-fight deal with Al Haymon’s PBC, reportedly valued at over $100 million, there was initial speculation of a potential bout with Charlo’s twin brother, Jermall, the WBC middleweight champion. However, Jermall has been absent from the ring since his victory over Juan Macias Montiel in June 2021, attributed to unresolved personal matters. Consequently, it is Jermell who steps up for Canelo’s PBC debut.
Looking ahead, Alvarez is considering potential fights against the likes of David Benavidez, Errol Spence, or Badou Jack. Additionally, a clash with undisputed welterweight champion Terence Crawford could be in the cards. Crawford has expressed his eagerness to move up three weight divisions, a 21lbs leap, for a shot at Canelo if he emerges victorious against Charlo in the forthcoming match.
While Canelo is open to various potential matchups, including one against Crawford, his immediate focus remains on Charlo. The confidence radiating from Charlo indicates that he is poised to cause a major upset in what is shaping up to be a highly anticipated showdown.
Despite Charlo’s undoubted quality, Canelo is a strong favourite to retain his titles. He is currently priced at 3/10 with BoyleSports, with Charlo at 3/1 and a draw at 16/1. Canelo is an all time great and stepping up two weight divisions to face him is a huge task, However, what Charlo says about size not being an issue holds a lot of water when you consider that the American has the advantage when it comes to both height and reach.
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