Jermall Charlo Denies Turning Down Canelo Alvarez Fight – Wants to Move up to 168 lbs Division

Published 12/21/2020, 2:46 AM EST


WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo has made a huge claim about Canelo Alvarez and their team. The undefeated fighter has long been on the horizon of a fight against the Mexican superstar. However, the fluctuation in Alvarez’s weight has never allowed a fight to materialize between the two.

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Despite this, there were rumors that Charlo turned down an offer from Alvarez 2019. However, the champion has rubbished those claims.

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Charlo spoke on a livestream on his Instagram account. His comments suggested that there were no talks of a fight against Alvarez.  He said, “Canelo never gave me no contract. I never got a contract from Oscar De La Hoya, I never got a call, contract… I played along with decisions… Canelo ain’t never gave me no contract. I ain’t ever duck no Canelo.”

So Charlo claims they never offered him the fight at 160 and that the rumors of him ducking the Mexican were not true. Alvarez eventually fought Daniel Jacobs at 160 and beat him.

Charlo subsequently defended his belt against Brandon Adams, a month after Alvarez beat Jacobs.

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Jermall Charlo says he will move up to 168 lbs

In the Livestream, Charlo fueled rumors of a potential super-middleweight fight against the Mexican champion. He said, “Bro, I’m not going to 168. Canelo got to come to 160 man.”

However, he quickly backtracked and said, “I’ll go to 168. F**k it, I’ll go to 168.”

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Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) celebrates after defeating Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Canelo said he is targeting unification fights in the division rather than shifting to another division. This means we will see the Mexican at the same weight for a while longer. However, whether he will choose to fight Charlo is another matter.

Charlo holds the WBC belt at middleweight but nothing at Super-middleweight. Therefore, given Alvarez’s desires, this fight does not seem likely at the moment. Fights against Plant and Saunders seem more likely.

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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