Jermall Charlo Labeled ‘Tougher Fight’ for Canelo Alvarez by Fierce Rival

Published 01/30/2022, 5:23 AM EST
Nov 5, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez weighs in for his super middleweight championship boxing match against Caleb Plant (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Pound-for-pound phenomenon Canelo Alvarez took over the super middleweight division. In less than 12 months, he vanquished three undefeated world champions and a mandatory contender. He can now jump into a different weight class, with moves to 160 and 175 looking viable.

Although Alvarez hasn’t confirmed his next appearance, he seems to be in talks to meet WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo. This will result in David Benavidez having to cool his heels indefinitely. However, ‘El Bandera Roja’ is interested in seeing how Charlo performs against Canelo.

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In an exclusive chat with FightHype.com. David Benavidez said, “To be honest, I don’t see that happening [Charlo beating Canelo] but anything could happen. It’s going to be a great fight. I think it’s going to be.”

“A fight with Charlo is going to be a tougher fight than Canelo has had in a while. But also I won’t be surprised if Canelo knocks Charlo out. But still, like I said, I am in a good position. I want to fight with both those guys.”

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31-year-old Jermall Charlo is still unbeaten with a professional record of 32-0 (22 knockouts). He has held the WBC 160 lbs belt since June 2019 and has already amassed three successful title defenses. No doubt, ‘Hitman’ is one of the best middleweight elites of the time.

However, all these numbers still fall short before the mighty four-division world champion.

Canelo Alvarez is looking for greatness!

Alvarez could have moved up to 175 lbs or 200 lbs, with a dream to become undisputed at light heavyweight or become a five-weight champion by donning the cruiserweight gold. However, it seems as though he wants to clean out the middleweight and super middleweight divisions.

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Starting from Jermall Charlo to David Benavidez, a potential trilogy against Gennady Golovkin is also lurking on Canelo’s combat radar.

Nov 6, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez (gold/white trunks) knocks down Caleb Plant (white/gray trunks) during their undisputed super middleweight world championship boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

However, all of it can happen only if Canelo feels he can achieve greatness over there, above anywhere else. Having become the maiden undisputed super middleweight champion of boxing, Canelo Alvarez is now in a position to make his calls at will.

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If Alvarez fights Charlo, do you think Benavidez’s words could come true?

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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