Charlo Wants Canelo Next
Life changed for Jermall Charlo on Wednesday, as the WBC would remove the interim tag from his claim on the WBC middleweight title.
The Houston native was three days away from fighting in his hometown for the first time in seven years, defending the interim crown against Brandon Adams, when his trainer, Ronnie Shields, would give him a call.
“I was just like, ‘Where Canelo go? If I’ve been elevated to the regular champion, where is Canelo? How can he just skip me and just leave the belt alone like that?’ ” Charlo said in an article posted by Boxing Scen.
“Well, Canelo has the bigger belt. Well, that’s the belt I want now. So, eventually when the time comes and what he’s done for the sport, I’ll continue to do what I’m doing and hopefully I’ll become a franchise champion, too.”
“No matter how hard it is to get the fights that I want,” Charlo said of the new minted “franchise” champion, “I’ll get ‘em sooner or later and it’s gonna make it all even better.”
“Everyone in the world know that I would love to fight Canelo. I’m not dodging any fighters. I’m fighting all of my mandatories. It’s a trophy. It’s a belt that sets up other fights in the future. But we’re fighters, man. We’re here to fight. That’s what we’re here to do while we have that window of opportunity to do it. I wanna become one of the best fighters out there. And the only way I can do it is to fight the best out there.”
The undefeated Charlo hopes with an emphatic retention of his title on Saturday night will open the door for fights with big name competitors such as Alvarez or a Gennadiy Golovkin.
“I think it should make the fights easier [to make], with me being the champion now,” Charlo said. “Because now the guys will wanna come out and get this belt. And we won’t have successful stories like I’m fittin’ to fight right now, like a Brandon Adams. And I know the fans think that I chose this, but I didn’t. I look high [on] Brandon Adams. I think he’s a talented fighter. He has a lot of attributes that fighters I’ve fought in the past didn’t have. So, I’m not taking him lightly or anything. But it is what it is. I have to be patient, be calm and get my job done.”
“I wanna become the unified, undisputed champion at middleweight,” Charlo said, echoing the words Alvarez and Golovkin have said the past few years. “I wanna do things that Roy Jones done and that Bernard Hopkins done, and the best middleweights out there in the world have done. I definitely wanna make those my goals.”
“I won’t do what Canelo did. I will fight my mandatories. You know, my manager, Al Haymon, schedules all of my fights and put me in the best positions to better my life and my career. So, you don’t have to worry about Jermall Charlo holding on to the belt at any time. I’ll be fighting again by the end of the year.”
Report: Boxing Scene