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If Canelo Alvarez Beats Jermell Charlo, Will He Repeat Smith Brothers History by Fighting Elder Twin Jermall Charlo?

Published 09/25/2023, 5:11 AM EDT

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They say history repeats itself, and that’s what Canelo Alvarez will do when he faces Jermell Charlo on September 30 in Las Vegas. At least the first leg of history’s conquest, if some would term it such. His job will not be done till he exchanges punches with the elder of the Charlo twins, Jermall Charlo. Has the Mexican fighter developed a knack for the Charlo twins, or is there another reason for his obsession with the American siblings? Whatever the reason, the plotline of family revenge is set to take center stage once again in Alvarez’s career.

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Both Alvarez and the younger of the Charlo brothers took the boxing world by storm when they announced their fight early in July. This caught fans by surprise as they were hearing the rumors of a potential showdown between Alvarez and Jermall, who last fought in June 2021. How did that twist come about?

This all dates back to when Alvarez’s two-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing expired and he penned a three-fight deal with the PBC. The promotion initially brokered talks with Jermall Charlo to launch a legacy-cementing fight run for Alvarez. But ‘Hitman’ pushed his younger brother forward to have a crack at Alvarez while he tended to his personal issues. Indeed, a smart plan to amass a truckload of money.


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Jermall Charlo himself lifted the veil from the mystery when he once went live and revealed he had signed the contract but gave the shot to his brother first. In addition, the American fighter disclosed that he was confident of an opportunity to stand across from Alvarez in the squared circle in the future.

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He said, “Yeah, I signed the contract with Canelo too. I gave it to my brother first, so we both make money. Is y’all are crazy? We gonna both make money. But if I can give it to my brother first until I get right. Because they so-called ‘I gotta get right’ like. But as long as I get a fight with the *****. I go get a fight with the *****. So that you know that’s what I did, right?”


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Therefore, the incentive is clear for the American brothers: make money. “I’m letting my brother go ahead and seize that moment. I’ll fight him [Canelo Alvarez] next,” Jermall Charlo told Robert Newman. That was a rare moment of reconciliation between twin brothers, as the only thing they share is resentment. Meanwhile, Alvarez, at 59-2-2, has a grim message for the Charlo twins.

Highly motivated to collect a win, the 33-year-old boxer recently disclosed his desire to make sure the Charlo twins acknowledge his skills. “This fight motivate me a lot. Because you know, like I say, he and his brother talk a lot a lot of things about me. They don’t believe about my skills and that’s motivate me,” he declared on Little Giant Boxing.

“Right now, I’m glad to be involved in this kind of fights. Because I’m going to show September 30 all my skills and show them why I’m here,” Alvarez expressed. Hence, the super middleweight champion didn’t hold back from leaving a warning about the impending doom that awaited the Charlo twins. Jermall Charlo thus might regret his decision to put his signature on paper, and the Alvarez fight might leave the duo with a peculiar distinction: losing to the same man. However, they won’t be the first ones.

How is the Twin Charlo fighting scenario similar to the Smith brothers for Alvarez?

Well, for starters, you rarely find brothers who indulge in the same sport, and it is even rare to fight both of them. Out of the 63 times Alvarez entered the boxing ring, his fight with Callum Smith handed him that unusual accolade. He derailed Smith’s vengeance plans when he swept the judges’ scorecard and collected a unanimous decision in December 2020. The retribution plot started its first act when the Guadalajara native, in 2016, dropped Liam Smith to the canvas and scored a knockout win.

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Despite Callum’s best efforts, he failed to exact revenge for his elder brother’s loss. Likewise, Alvarez is now scheduled to fight Jermell at the T-Mobile Arena this coming Saturday. Additionally, Alvarez has already signed a deal to fight the elder twin, Jermall, as suggested by the latter.


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Therefore, it won’t be long before Alvarez walks his way to the ropes and faces Jermall. Notably, if Alvarez accomplishes the feat of defeating both twins, he will join Stanley Ketchel. Ketchel knocked out Mike Sullivan and Jack Sullivan in consecutive bouts in 1908, defending his middleweight title.


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However, it remains to be seen whether the prospect of a family revenge plotline moves the needle for the PBC, whereas the WBC has clarified that David Benavidez is the mandatory contender. What do you think are the chances of Canelo Alvarez fighting both Charlo brothers? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rohit Lohan


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Rohit Lohan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for the sport that has spanned over a decade. His fascination with MMA stems from the thrill of knockouts, and he strives to bring that same level of excitement to his writing. Rohit's love for gripping stories is reflected in his articles, where he masterfully weaves together the latest news with compelling narratives.
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