Jermall Charlo Is a Dangerous Fight for Canelo Alvarez – Claims Boxing Legend

Published 12/26/2020, 9:29 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez might appear invincible after winning the WBA, WBC and Ring super middleweight titles against an unbeaten (then) Callum Smith on December 19.

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However, boxing veteran Bernard Hopkins identified several good fights for the Mexican that can truly test his potential. Hopkins believes Jermall Charlo will be a tough-call for Alvarez, citing some valid facts on why the American can outclass him.

The WBC middleweight champion, Charlo, is still unbeaten boasting a staggering 22 KOs. He has been touted as an antidote to Alvarez’s dominance for quite some time now.

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He had even expressed his desire for this dream clash, but Canelo Alvarez made his return at 168 lbs (super middleweight) which ended any chances of a potential Charlo fight.

But if ‘Hitman’ moves up to the super-middleweight category, the matchup can be possible once again.

According to Hopkins, Charlo is a dangerous fighter, and he can pose some serious threat for Alvarez.

When asked to pick Alvarez’s toughest possible fight in an interview, Hopkins said, “Jermall Charlo brother, dangerous fight for Canelo.”

He praised Charlo and revealed why Alvarez cannot afford to start slow against him.

Hopkins added, “Hungry, talented, more than in one position that is Jermall. One, a big fight and Canelo cannot start slow with guys like that. You can’t start slow and walk then down.”

Charlo is swift inside the ring and his pace might trouble the Mexican gladiator in their touted face-off.

Hopkins added some more cheek to the tale and said, “They get too far ahead. It’s like a Ferrari trying to catch a station wagon. It’s over or a station wagon trying to catch a Ferrari.”

Canelo Alvarez and the 168 lbs roster

Other than Charlo, Alvarez has other possible options in Caleb Plant and Billy Joe Saunders. The 168 lbs division is alluring at this moment with umpteen A-listers on the line.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

But Alvarez has also hinted at shifting to his former weight class (160 lbs) which exceeds his doorway to even bigger fights.A trilogy against Gennady Golovkin also makes a lot of sense for the Mexican superstar.

Needless to say, Alvarez can take his time in selecting his next adversaries out of the illustrious list at his disposal. He is just 30 years old with a legend’s resume and he can continue to enrich that in the future.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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