It seems Daniel Jacobs was not the top of Canelo Alvarez’s list for opponents last May, but Jermall Charlo.
Per Alvarez’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, they offered Charlo a shot to unify his then-interim middleweight championship for Alvarez’s undisputed crown.
“We had an amazing, amazing offer for Charlo, a very lucrative offer for Charlo, and he turned it down,” De La Hoya told Fight Hub TV and transcribed by Boxing Scene. “Well, Charlo didn’t turn it down, but his agent or whoever, whoever’s behind PBC, I don’t know.”
While De La Hoya declined to say what the offer was but feels the business of boxing is ruining the opportunity for major fights to happen.
“That’s the sad part about the business of boxing, is that I can’t work with my hands tied behind my back,” De La Hoya said.
“Look, I’m a fighter. I grew up boxing. I want these fights. I wanna make these fights happen. You know, calling all promoters – let’s make ‘em happen. Jesus, for the sake of the sport, for the sake of the fans.”
“I’ve worked with all promoters, I really have,” De La Hoya said.
“It is difficult, but it’s possible. I’ve worked with promoters. The one promoter I haven’t, or the one agent or whatever he is, PBC [run by Haymon]. It’s been difficult, but I don’t think – it’s hopefully not impossible. I think, hopefully, we can make some fights with [Haymon] because, you know, you have fighters like the Charlo brothers, or you have fighters like ‘Tank’ [Gervonta Davis] for Ryan [Garcia]. So, there’s many fights we can make. Hopefully, we can just get along and make these fights happen for the fans.”