The two fighters will face each other on September 30th, 2023, in a battle what will see two undisputed champions fight at 168 lbs.
The overwhelming consensus is that Canelo will be too strong for Charlo, who is moving up two weight classes. And in doing so, it will be the first time that he has fought above 154 lbs.
And yet, the speed that Charlo possesses could be problematic.
“Undisputed vs. undisputed, it’s great for boxing. People are surprised that he chose the smaller Charlo, but I think the smaller Charlo could be even more dangerous for Canelo because the smaller Charlo has speed and fights harder, and he’s in your face,” De La Hoya said
This is something that De La Hoya knows all too well when he faced the much smaller Manny Pacquiao. The latter moved up two weight classes from lightweight to face De La Hoya at welterweight.
But rather than being overpowered by the Mexican, Pacquiao stopped De La Hoya. As such, the Golden Boy Promoter was intrigued by the match up.
“So who knows how he’s going to do against Canelo, but I’m pretty sure it”s going to be an entertaining fight. Moving up two weight classes?
“First of all, I take my hat off to Charlo for doing that. “I understand that it’s a great payday for him, and he obviously he took that into consideration when making the decision to fight Canelo, but it’s going to be a tough task,” De La Hoya