Charlo had the chance to make history when he moved up two weight classes to try and become undisputed at 168. The American, however, was completely outclassed after being dropped in the seventh on his way to a unanimous-decision loss. Although Charlo did manage to last the distance with an all-time great, looking back, the American rued the chance to do more during the fight. In the latter part of the fight, Charlo’s trainer, Derrick James, urged his fighter to let his hands go. But rather than be receptive to those concerns, the American had nothing to offer to trouble Alvarez.
“I could have been more aggressive. I could have done a lot more. Possibly, I’ll come back to 154 and listen to my coaches about what I’ll do next. Of course, but it’s about making the most money and getting the best fights at this point in my career. Fighting Brian Mendoza or Tszyu isn’t as satisfying to me sometimes. I’ll follow the plans of my management and go from there,” Charlo said
Those comments may indicate that Charlo no longer has the desire to fight for major titles, which could impact his motivation moving forward. Against Alvarez, the American could have taken more risks. While that prevented him from suffering more damage, that was not the Charlo who had won over many critics on his way to being undisputed at 154 pounds.
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🗣️ Chris Eubank Jr. had some harsh words for Jermell Charlo stating: ‼️
"Charlo is a good fighter, but he's not on my level. He's too slow and too predictable. Canelo Alvarez exposed him for what he is. A fraud." 🤯🔥#ChrisEubankJr #JermellCharlo #CaneloCharlo #Boxingnews pic.twitter.com/wen0ho2z7n
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