Terence Crawford Lashes Out at Canelo Alvarez for Dodging Jermall Charlo and Demetrius Andrade

Published 03/23/2021, 1:31 AM EDT


Canelo Alvarez has cemented plans of staying at the super-middleweight division for a while now. He became a unified champ at this weight class back in December 2020, by defeating Callum Smith. Also, he even defended his titles a few weeks back against Avni Yildirim.

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Moreover, the Mexican boxer has colossal plans of fighting for the undisputed title, thus establishing himself as the super-middleweight king. But the WBO welterweight champion, Terence Crawford, is unimpressed with how Canelo has chalked out his career until now.

Speaking to SiriusXM, he said:

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He’s shied away from Jermall Charlo and Andrade for a long time. When you look at Canelo’s career, it’s like he’s shied away from the black fighters. I think the black fighters give him the most problems.” (h/t Michael Benson)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez during his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The ‘Bud’ accused Alvarez of dodging resilient opponents like Jermall Charlo and Demetrius Andrade, who are elite champions at the middleweight landscape. Canelo’s last fight at this weight class was against Daniel Jacobs in 2019. It was a unified title fight where he secured a comfortable win.

Moreover, his toughest fights at the 160-pound weight class were against Gennady Golovkin. Both fights rank among the best middleweight collisions until now. Here, Alvarez got tested for his abilities and showcased his skill sets. The first fight between the two ended in a debatable draw. Whereas on the second outing, Saul Alvarez won it via a majority decision.

After that fight, he didn’t really have the plans to stick at this weight class for long and transitioned his focus onto the super-middleweight titles.

Will Canelo Alvarez ever take on Jermall Charlo or Demetrius Andrade?

Canelo Alvarez is all charged up to face the Brit Billy Joe Saunders in a massive title unification fight on May 8. If he gets past ‘Superb’, he will then trace his ultimate aim of fighting for the undisputed title at this weight class.

The 30-year-old already has a stacked fight plan for 2021. Considering that, a battle with either Charlo or Andrade doesn’t really seem to be on the cards for this year.

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Yet, these fights can happen in 2022 if Charlo and Andrade step up at Alvarez’s current weight class because the latter won’t go down by any means at this stage.

Canelo Alvarez matches up with both of them pretty well, and his fights against either of them will only lure the fans.

What do you draw off Terence Crawford’s remarks on Canelo Alvarez?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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