Charlo Can’t Knock Canelo For Wanting History

While Jermall Charlo craves a chance to defend his WBC middleweight title against Canelo Alvarez, he respects Alvarez’s quest for history.

“He’s doing exactly what a lot of fighters would wanna do,” Charlo told Keith Idec last week regarding Canelo’s November 2nd light heavyweight title fight against Sergey Kovalev. “You know, if you ever looked at boxing and wanted to be that guy, you have to move up divisions and show people, ‘I’m the best in every division.’ And he’s doing a good job of it. His team is marketing him real well. He’s having championship fights outside of his weight division. Hey, hats off to him. You cannot hate on a person who’s doing such a thing, and so well. I have nothing bad to say bad about him. Just if you give me the opportunity, I will [fight Alvarez].”

“I think he will beat Kovalev,” Charlo said of the WBC’s “franchise middleweight champion” a label he earned earlier this year after Charlo was given the status of undisputed WBC middleweight king.

“He’s younger, hungrier and the situation is [made] for him. Kovalev is a strong fighter, a big guy, tall and rangy. So, styles make matchups. Canelo’s gonna come straight to him and Kovalev is gonna have to box. Canelo’s kinda faster than [Andre] Ward, so his size will make the difference. We’ll get the chance to see what Kovalev will do. Canelo’s the favorite because the situation is for him. You’ve gotta knock him out.”


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