Charlo, who has a record of 35 wins, one loss, and one draw with 19 knockouts, currently fights at 154 lbs. Therefore, if he were to face Canelo, a move up to 168 lbs would be required.
And if that were not hard enough, Charlo has not competed since May 2022 due to his broken left hand. At the same time, his WBO mandatory, Tim Tszyu, is waiting in the wings.
And yet, Charlo was keen on making it happen.
“Why don’t they make Canelo undisputed. That could be a big thing in boxing. Tag Eddie Hearn. Undisputed vs. undisputed. I’ll gain a little weight. Let me show you what it is. Why don’t you make Canelo vs. Charlo?
“Somebody put that together. Little Charlo will fight anybody. I ain’t ever ducked no smoke. That b**ch can’t beat me off his last performance. I wanted to show you all that I still exist. Eddie Hearn, come put that Charlo s**t together,” Charlo
This was on the grounds that his last fight against John Ryder did not show that the Mexican was facing serious opposition.
Therefore, seeing Charlo move up two weight classes would play into that. That is why Benavidez would prove a much more stern test.
“He’s got to fight Benavidez, and he’s going to have big problems if he just stands there with the ear muffs on for defensive purposes with Benavidez. He got caught with a couple of shots doing that [against Ryder] with uppercuts.
“If he’s going to do that, I would say that’s going to be a no-no to do that with Benavidez because he’d make you pay a much higher price than you paid last Saturday night against Ryder,” Atlas