After Vicious KO, Charlo Calls Out Canelo
Jermall Charlo made the statement of his young career on Saturday. The IBF junior-middleweight champion put Julian Williams away with a devastating uppercut, finishing his most impressive performance in style. After the fight, Charlo seized the moment and called out one of the sport’s biggest stars.
Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) called for a fight against Canelo Alvarez, who won the WBO junior-middleweight title with a ninth-round stoppage of Liam Smith in September.
"I want to unify, the WBO with Canelo [Alvarez], the WBC or WBA," Charlo said, per ESPN. Where are you [Canelo]? I want to prove I’m the best junior middleweight in the world," Charlo said. "None of them are on my level. I’ve worked very hard throughout my career. I haven’t been given anything."
Canelo has been planning a move to the middleweight division in 2017, with his eyes set on the super-fight with middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
Regardless of whether Charlo gets the big fight he’s looking for, he has put the boxing world on notice with his dismantling of Williams. The fight was expected to be the closest of Charlo’s career, but it was anything but. The champion dropped the challenger multiple times before finishing him in the fifth.
"I did what I was supposed to do," Charlo said. "I’m very happy with my performance — I listened to my trainer [Ronnie Shields]. I trained hard for this fight. I stayed in the gym the whole time. No matter what, people have to respect my accomplishments. He just wasn’t on my level. I told everyone what I was going to do since the fight was announced."