VIDEO: Canelo Alvarez Finally Responds to ‘Ducking Jermall Charlo’ Accusations

Published 02/26/2021, 7:00 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)


Four-division champion, Canelo Alvarez, could have returned to the middleweight unit following a long hiatus from the ring after his win over Sergey Kovalev in 2019. However, he entered the super middleweight division to fight Callum Smith for the WBC and WBA world titles in 2020.

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It was a commendable move by the P4P king, but many saw it as an excuse for him to duck the WBC middleweight champion, Jermall Charlo. ‘Hit man’ has been calling out Alvarez for a brief period and just when the time seemed right, Alvarez left the middleweight division. However, he has no intentions of ducking Charlo and envisions the fight to happen somewhere down the line.

Canelo Alvarez connected with Fight Hub TV, and with the help of an interpreter, he responded to the accusations. Furthermore, he addressed his immediate future in the sport.

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“Hopefully yes, why not? A fight has to happen with one of those two (Jermall Charlo and Caleb Plant),” said Alvarez.

Speaking on his future, Canelo added, “We don’t know. The only thing I can tell you is my goal to win the 168 lbs belts and then let’s see what comes.”

The perfect weight division to stage a fight between Canelo Alvarez and Jermall Charlo will be at 160 lbs. Both the boxers have resided at the weight class, but Charlo is willing to move at 168 lbs to face the bigger names.

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Boasting off 31 wins with no defeats, Charlo has already reigned over the middleweight division. That said, he might be comfortable facing an elite at his natural weight class. But ‘Hitman’ doesn’t mind pushing the limits. A few months back, he agreed to move to 168 lbs to fight the biggest names in the sport.

Speaking with DAZN, he said, “If I can’t get the Canelo fight, Golovkin fight or Jacobs or the Andrade fight, then I’ll try 168. If there’s nothing up there, then I go to 175 too.”

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However, Canelo wants to unify all the bets at 168 lbs first. So, he might put that plan on top-priority. But after that, we can see him fight Charlo. Is ‘Hit man’ the ideal contender for Alvarez?

What do you make of Canelo Alvarez’s response?

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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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