Canelo Sidesteps Benavidez To Face Jermall Charlo On Cinco de Mayo

Canelo Alvarez will reportedly face Jermall Charlo on Cinco de Mayo Weekend on May 4 in Las Vegas in a defense of his Undisputed Super Middleweight Title. 

Alvarez outlined his future on Mexican TV, stating he would box an American opponent, increasing suggestions that he will fight Charlo.

The news will disappoint boxing fans who had hoped to see the David Benavidez fight. Canelo has already shown he was too powerful for Charlo’s brother, Jermell Charlo, beating him unanimously in his last fight. Jermell moved up two weight classes from 154, but the weight difference meant Alvarez could walk him down.

Jermall is a 160-pounder, but he has never fought at 168, let alone against an undisputed champion. Jermall has also been very inactive, only returning last year after more than two years out of the ring with mental health struggles. He beat Jose Benavidez Jr. comfortably, but that is not enough to prepare him for Canelo. Alvarez 

If it is Charlo next, a September fight with Jaime Munguia seems likelier than a Benavidez fight. Since Canelo only has two fights left on his PBC deal, a single fight with the Mexican Monster would prove very risky. Boxing fans were disappointed at the prospect of Canelo-Charlo bout. 

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