Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermall Charlo Being Targeted for Cinco de Mayo Weekend

Published 01/08/2022, 6:00 AM EST
May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez celebrates defeating Billy Joe Saunders during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Following his win over Caleb Plant, Canelo has been on the lookout for his next opponent. The ‘undisputed’ super-middleweight champion initially eyed a move up to cruiserweight to challenge the WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu. However, with Makabu due to make his title defense, plans to set up that fight did not fall through.

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Following this, there were a lot of rumors around the grapevine, of Canelo fighting Artur Beterbiev. With so many options for Canelo, they were connecting the Mexican pound-for-pound king with every other fighter. In the latest development to this story, ESPN Journalist Mike Coppinger gave fans some delightful news.

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“I’m hearing that it’s much more likely that he’s gonna fight Jermall Charlo on Cinco De Mayo. There are talks right now for that fight.” Coppinger said on the latest episode of ESPN’s show ‘State Of Boxing’. The two fighters have always shown their interest in fighting each other.

Before the historic Canelo vs Plant fight last year, the unbeaten WBC champion called out the winner of the fight. “Yeah, hopefully, whoever is the winner, hopefully we can make a mega-deal.” Charlo said on ‘The PBC Podcast’. He kept mentioning how he wanted a mega-deal to further his legacy.

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At present, it doesn’t get any bigger than fighting the pound for pound best in the world during one of Mexico’s biggest festivals.

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This is not the first time the American and the Mexican have made headlines for a potential fight. In December last year, following Canelo’s crowning as the unified super-middleweight champion, Charlo called Canelo out during a live stream.

“I wish I could give you the Canelo Álvarez fight for Christmas, but I can’t. Stop asking me stupid questions. He doesn’t want to fight!” Charlo said. However, back in 2019, Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya claimed that Charlo and his team at PBC declined a fight offer.

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The proposed fight would have taken place on Cinco De Mayo weekend, a staple in Canelo’s fights in the calendar year. Canelo has fought some of his greatest fights around the time of Cinco De Mayo. From Amir Khan to Billy Joe Saunders, we know Cinco De Mayo weekend for blockbuster Canelo fights.

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Who do you think Canelo Alvarez should fight next? Does Jermall Charlo have what it takes to beat the Mexican freight train?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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