Canelo Alvarez ‘More Likely’ To Face Jermall Charlo On Cinco De Mayo
Jermall Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) has suddenly emerged as a potential opponent for Canelo Alvarez (57-1-, 39 KOs).
ESPN’s Mike Coppinger announced on the network that he’s hearing Charlo might be the likely opponent for the undisputed super middleweight champion on Cinco De Mayo weekend on Saturday, May 7.
“I’m hearing it’s much more likely he’ll fight Jermall Charlo on Cinco de Mayo,” he said.
“There are talks right now for that fight.”
This would cancel out the Mexican star’s chase to become a five-weight world champion. In November, the WBC approved Alvarez to move up to cruiserweight and challenge champion Ilunga Makabu – a request trainer Eddy Reynoso put in.
Alvarez said he didn’t initially know about the request, but he will follow whatever Reynoso, his trainer, thinks because he is Reynoso’s “warrior.”
Alvarez has been waiting for Makabu to fight in his mandatory defense against Thabiso Mchunu.
Fans were shocked with the request while some criticized Alvarez saying he’s avoiding the worthy contenders already in his division, including Charlo, the older twin brother of light-middleweight champion Jermell.
Charlo has called out Alvarez on a number of occasions, including after Alvarez took down Caleb Plant in the 11th round, which saw him become the undisputed champion.
“I’ll go to Mexico and fight Canelo at his house,” Charlo told Fight Hype.
“We will go to Mexico. We love Mexico. We’re from Texas bro.”