Charlo: Give Me Canelo, GGG, Jacobs
Jermall Charlo’s next defense of the WBC middleweight championship is set, but it’s not the kind of fight he wants.
Charlo will be defending the title against Dennis Hogan on December 7. It will be his second defense of the title since being promoted to champion after Canelo Alvarez was designated “Franchise” champion this summer. Prior to that, Charlo was a mandatory challenger to Alvarez and made two defenses of the interim WBC middleweight title against Hugo Centeno Jr. and Matt Korobov.
The challengers he;s facing, however, are not the kind of opponents he wants. He still hopes to face Alvarez, or at least take on a rival he’s gone to war with, such as IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin and former titlist Daniel Jacobs.
“Of course I wanna fight Canelo. Of course I wanna fight Golovkin. Of course I wanna fight [Daniel] Jacobs,” Charlo said. “[Jacobs is] a top fighter. He lost to both of them. You know what I mean? [They’ll say], ‘You got Canelo leftovers.’ All right, so give me Canelo then? Or give me god damn Golovkin or another champion. I just wanna fight another champion. Then you can tell me whatever you wanna tell me after.”
Whether Charlo gets that name with a bigger-name fighter is unknown. First, Canelo will be battling Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight championship tonight. And then he has to decide whether he will return to 160.
GGG is still holding out for a trilogy bout with Alvarez, and there’s demand he and Sergiy Derevyanchenko have a rematch. Jacobs, meanwhile, is scheduled to make his 168-pound debut on December 20.
So, Charlo is making the most of his current crop of challengers as he can, looking to develop himself as a boxer.
“The ultimate goal is just to fight, honestly, to get more active,” Charlo said. “I actually wanna have three fights in 2020. These two little slow-paced fights, it’s not really working because it’s giving these fighters out here a little bit of leverage, and it’s making them feel like, ‘Charlo’s not fighting nobody. He keep picking these guys.’ No, it’s not me. I don’t pick my fights.
I’m in control of my promotional [company], but I’m not in control of the opponents that step up and the opponents that will accept a fight with Jermall Charlo.
Original Story: Boxing Scene