Jermall Charlo appears eager to share the ring with Canelo Alvarez.
Charlo holds the WBC Middleweight Championship. Canelo is fresh off a WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Super-Middleweight Title win. Canelo defeated Callum Smith via unanimous decision on December 19 to capture the gold.
While Charlo isn’t known as a top draw like Canelo, he’s certainly one of boxing’s top champions from a competitive standpoint. Many argue that Charlo needs a signature fight to be given the credit he is due. A bout with Canelo could solve that issue.
During a live chat on social media, Charlo was initially against the idea of moving up to 168 pounds to fight Canelo (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“I’m not going to 168. Canelo gotta come to 160, man.”
After mulling it over, Charlo ultimately changed his tune.
“F–k it, I’ll go to 168. I gotta get the fight.”
Charlo isn’t happy with Canelo’s former promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, claiming Charlo’s team turned down an offer to fight the top Mexican star.
“Canelo never gave me no contract. I never got a contract from Oscar De La Hoya, never a call. It’s irrelevant. Never got a contract from none of them I never turned down no contract…f–k out of here.”
Charlo last competed back in September. He successfully defended his WBC Middleweight Championship against Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Charlo took the unanimous decision victory.
When asked about the significance of getting a bout with Canelo, Charlo said it would be a game-changer for him and his family financially.