Canelo vs Charlo

Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermall Charlo Preview: “This time, expect a different Canelo”.

Two undisputed middleweight kings are set to lock horns in battle for the clean sweep of super middleweight titles.

On 30th September at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, undisputed super-middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (59-2-2, 39KO) squares off against undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (35-1-1, 19KO) for all of Canelo’s the belts at 168lbs.

Undoubtedly still the biggest name in the sport, Canelo is looking to make a statement performance to address critics of his recent fights.

Following his explosive victory over Caleb Plant in late 2021, Canelo suffered a decisive loss against Dmitry Bivol in his attempts to step up to light heavyweight. Since the loss, while he has bounced back with unanimous decision victories over an ageing Gennady Golovkin and Brit John Ryder, the Mexican has drawn criticism from some corners of the boxing world and is keen to meet them head on against Charlo.

Speaking at the press conference, Canelo said “I’ve heard the whispers about me possibly slowing down. Let’s clear that up in the ring. I acknowledge the critiques about my last performances, but trust me, I have my reasons.

This time, expect a different Canelo. When you see me outside, it might seem I’m an easy target. But inside the ring, it’s a whole different ball game. Facing me there is a unique challenge.”

Jermell or Jermall?

One of the more interesting elements to this fight is that there appeared to be a battle between the Charlo twin brothers, Jermell and Jermall as to who would get the nod to face Canelo. Being another undisputed champ, it’s Jermell who has ended up with the fight, but with a perfect record and having held world titles at two weight classes, there was certainly a case for Jermall.

On the choice between the two brothers, Canelo suggested that Jermell’s history against stiffer competition is what made the difference “I respect both Charlo’s. Jermall is brilliant, but in my opinion, Jermell has faced tougher opponents”.

Speaking at the press conference about the opportunity to face Canelo “When I got the call there was nothing I could say other than, ‘Jump on it. Let’s go and let’s get it.’ My whole career has been about chasing Canelo,”

“Canelo’s been a top guy for a long time, and when you want to be great, you always want to fight the top guy. I see Robert Diaz in the crowd, he remembers from Golden Boy us always trying to work and trying to possibly get that fight.”

“It has presented itself now. It’s here. I’ve just got to get in there and do my job the best that I can do”.

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What’s at stake?

Aside from the obvious, there’s more on the line for both fighters than just the belts.

Canelo underwent wrist surgery following the GGG fight and cited that he didn’t feel at 100% in the Ryder fight. In preparation for Charlo, Canelo has changed camp in favour of altitude at Lake Tahoe and suggests he is taking his preparation for this fight extremely seriously.

He will be looking to demonstrate that his recent supposed underwhelming performances were an anomaly, and he is still the best in the business. With one eye on the potential of another shot at Bivol, Canelo will be looking for an eye-catching performance.

For Charlo, the chance to topple Canelo and become undisputed in two divisions is legacy defining.

Speaking on what people can expect from him Charlo added. “I think they’re going to appreciate my skills and what I’ve been doing for so long. They’re going to believe and know that every fight, I come to put on a hell of a show, but I’m also dangerous at the same time. People will be calling me great. That’s it. I want to be known as great after this.”

“That I’m not just ‘The Little Charlo,’ I’m the Big Charlo. He’s going realise that I am what I say I am. Canelo will see I pack good punching power, I’ve got good lateral movement. I’m a general, just like he is. He’ll see that it won’t be a walk in the park. And just like (he says) he’s going to do something different and do something better, same thing with me. But I’m not going to over-train or over-think it, I’m just going get in there and do what I do and have fun.”

Fight details

30th September at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Event to start at 12am (UK), with main event expected from 5am.

Canelo vs Charlo: Full card (subject to change)

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