Eddie Hearn: “How Can You Say That Charlo Is A Tougher Fight Than Bivol? Who Has Charlo Ever Beat?”
By: Hans Themistode
Since officially opting against accepting Al Haymon and Premier Boxing Champions’ two-fight offer, promoter Eddie Hearn has become incredulous about the ongoing narrative surrounding Alvarez’s decision.
From the moment the Mexican star wrapped the final 168-pound title around his waist following his 11th round stoppage victory over Caleb Plant in November of 2021, Alvarez was bombarded with numerous offers.
Initially, Haymon dangled a two-fight deal in the face of Alvarez. Amongst the names that were mentioned on said deal, was a 168-pound showdown against current WBC middleweight champion, Jermall Charlo.
Ultimately, Alvarez found Hearn’s proposal more enticing. In just a few short hours, on May 7th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Alvarez will take on the first name as part of his three-fight agreement with Hearn when he faces off against WBA light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol.
Soon after Alvarez inked his name on the dotted line, fans of Charlo have fulminated over the Mexican star’s choice. As his staunch supporters continue to publicly back their man as a more difficult fighter to deal with as opposed to Bivol, Hearn believes everyone has lost their mind.
“How can you say that Charlo is a tougher fight than Bivol at 175 pounds?” Said Hearn to a group of reporters. “Who has Charlo ever beat?”
The normally truculent knockout artist hailing from Houston, Texas, has continually called for a showdown against Alvarez. He continued his tradition following his unanimous decision victory over Juan Macias Montiel in June of 2021.
In an effort to lure his man into the ring, Charlo, who has never competed over 160 pounds, openly revealed that he would be more than willing to acquiesce to Alvarez’s weight demands by fighting as a full-fledged super middleweight.
Ultimately, following Alvarez’s decision to go in another direction, team Charlo pursued a middleweight showdown against highly ranked contender, Jaime Munguia. Although both fighters agreed to the financial portion of their deal, network disagreements pushed their bout to the wayside.
Despite the constant change in opponents, Charlo has settled on a new foe. On June 18th, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Charlo will take on fringe contender Maciej Sulecki.
Upon hearing the news, Hearn becomes bemused by Charlo’s opponent selection. In the end, however, Hearn is unwilling to place the blame completely at Charlo’s feet for what he believes is a subpar foe. Instead, the longtime promoter looks directly at Premier Boxing Champions for what he perceives is myopic matchmaking.
“Sulecki? I don’t blame Charlo because he’s fighting a guy he’s not even motivated to fight. Charlo is an outstanding fighter but you’re not going to see that unless he steps up and fights a real fight. Put him in with (Caleb) Plant, put him in with (David) Benavidez.”
Jermall Charlo Pumped Up Over Errol Spence Jr.’s Victory Against Yordenis Ugas: “Beat His Ass, That’s What We Do In Texas”
By: Hans Themistode
Nearly 40,000 fight fans filled the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, this past weekend to cheer on one of their homegrown.
With each successful blow landed by Errol Spence Jr., Yordenis Ugas moaned in agony. However, while Spence Jr.’s faithful supporters screamed at the top of their lungs, they did experience several anxiety-filled moments. In the fourth, both Ugas and Spence Jr. took their battle to the center of the ring.
On this occasion, the Cuban born native got the better of his man, landing a short right hook on the inside that forced Spence Jr. to spit out his mouthpiece. In what appeared to be a lapse in judgment, the Dallas product seemingly forgot that he was in the middle of a back and forth war. As the 32-year-old placed his hands by his side and began looking for his mouthguard, Ugas made him pay by landing a three-punch combination, the last of which sent Spence Jr. into the ropes.
Despite his mental hiccup, Spence Jr. refocused and closed the show in the 10th. Amongst the seemingly perpetual fans that applauded in approval, Jermall Charlo, the current WBC middleweight champion, may have been the most boisterous.
Often seen right by Spence Jr.’s side, Charlo made his way backstage following his good friend’s victory and began wrapping his three welterweight titles around the unified champion’s waist. When asked on how impressed Spence Jr. was on the night, Charlo could barely hold his excitement.
“Super good, super good,” said a pumped-up Charlo during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “Broke him down, beat his ass, that’s what we do in Texas.”
As mentioned by Charlo, Spence Jr, systemically broke his man down during the second half of their contest. To begin the seventh, a lead uppercut quelled the moment that Ugas had built up until that point. And with it, his right eye began swelling immediately.
While he fought desperately to hold onto his WBA 147-pound title, Spence Jr. mercilessly tracked him down with relentless body shots and right hooks. With his right eye completely closed shut, a ringside physician who was watching their battle closely, stepped onto the apron and examined Ugas, administering a slew of tests. Although the Cuban product vehemently protested the decision of the physician to call a halt to their contest, Spence Jr. was awarded the victor.
Having watched every punch of every round, Charlo could have given a detailed full breakdown of what Spence Jr. did well on the night. Instead, the elated world titleholder gave a fairly rudimentary answer when asked to give his thoughts.
“He beat his ass, he beat his ass.”
Jermell Charlo Wants Family Doubleheader: “Put Benavidez And His F*cking Brother In There, I’ll Fight The Brother”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermell Charlo has grown sick and tired of the ever-growing belief that his twin brother and, current WBC middleweight belt holder, Jermall Charlo, is unwilling to drop his previously mentioned crown in order to face super middleweight contender, David Benavidez.
Jermall, a native of Houston, Texas, has gone back and forth with Benavidez on numerous occasions over social media. In the mind of the middleweight belt holder, a showdown against Benavidez would result in the Mexican product being rushed to the emergency room. But, despite his warnings, Benavidez is anxious for Charlo to prove that he means business in the ring.
Even with Benavidez campaigning one weight class higher, he believes that a showdown between himself and Jermall would produce fan-friendly fireworks. Nonetheless, while Benavidez respects what Jermall brings to the table, he’s confident in his ability to hand him the worst beating of his career.
With Jermall opting against moving up in weight to take Benavidez up on his challenge, the former two-time super middleweight titlist believes that Jermall’s refusal to fight him is a sign of weakness. However, as Benavidez continues to poke and antagonize his man, Jermell has heard enough.
“We gonna get in there with any mother f*cking body,” said Jermell during an interview with ESNEWS. “Put Benavidez’s ass in there, why not? Put that mother f*cker in there. He a f*cking stud, he a f*cking stud. Put Benavidez in there.”
Despite Jermell’s insistence that his brother is more than capable of defeating Benavidez, both men will continue to go their separate ways…at least for now.
In the case of the 25-year-old Benavidez, he’ll look to move one step closer to his former championship status. On May 21st, Benavidez will attempt to dazzle his hometown Phoenix crowd, as he takes on hard-hitting contender, David Lemieux. The winner of their upcoming clash will wrap the WBC interim crown around their waist.
As for Jermall, he won’t sit idly by. In what would be his fifth attempt to defend his WBC middleweight title, Jermall will take on veteran journeymen, Maciej Sulecki, on June 18th.
Unsurprisingly, Jermell expects his twin brother to walk away from his showdown against Sulecki relatively unscathed. Provided Jermall takes care of business, and Jermell goes on to defeat Brian Castano on May 14th, the current unified junior middleweight champion has an intriguing double-header proposal.
In an effort to prove that the Charlo name is superior in comparison to team Benavidez, Jermell is now targeting a showdown against Jose Benavidez Jr., the older brother of David. The 29-year-old recently made his return to the ring in November of 2021 against Francisco Emanuel Torres. In his first bout at 154 pounds, Jose was forced to settle for the majority decision draw.
Still, while Jose isn’t viewed as a legitimate contender just yet, Jermell believes that this current family feud should be dealt with as soon as possible.
“Put Benavidez and his mother f*cking brother in there. I’ll fight the brother, you fight the big mother f*cker. We don’t give a f*ck.”
Jermall Charlo Vs. Maciej Sulecki Set For June 18th Showdown In Houston
By: Hans Themistode
It wasn’t the fight that Jermall Charlo, nor his fans for that matter, wanted but the current WBC middleweight titlist has his next opponent.
The truculent knockout artist will attempt to dazzle his hometown Houston crowd on June 18th, when he takes on fringe contender Maciej Sulecki. Initially, Charlo had been hoping to lure current pound-for-pound star Canelo Alvarez into the ring. However, once the Mexican native revealed that he would instead challenge WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, followed by a third showdown against hated rival Gennadiy Golovkin, Charlo looked elsewhere.
Immediately, representatives of Charlo sent a lucrative offer in the direction of highly ranked contender and former junior middleweight titlist, Jaime Munguia. Ultimately, although both fighters agreed to face one another next, network disagreements pushed their showdown to the wayside. Now, the 31-year-old will attempt to defend his middleweight throne against a lesser-known target.
In the case of Sulecki, while he’s proven to be respectable, he’s come up short on the grandest of stages. In his lone crack at a world title against Demetrius Andrade in 2019, Sulecki was thoroughly outboxed and simply overmatched, losing every single round on all three judges’ scorecards. He has, however, reeled off two consecutive victories against two unknown entities in Sasha Yengoyan and Fouad El Massoudi.
With Charlo unable to land marquee showdowns at 160 pounds, the middleweight titlist will place his sole focus on Sulecki. While he’s wildly viewed as one of the premier 160 pounders in the world, his ring appearances have come few and far between as of late.
Over the past two years, Charlo has fought just once annually. Most recently, he scored a fairly wide unanimous decision victory over Juan Macias Montiel, almost a full year from his upcoming contest against Sulecki.
Oscar De La Hoya Keeping Hope Alive For Jermall Charlo Vs. Jaime Munguia Showdown: “We Want The Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
Jaime Munguia’s career has been a slow and meticulous build.
Yet, despite being chastised by fans for his questionable level of opposition at times, Munguia has reached world level status. At the moment, the former junior middleweight titlist is ranked number one in both the WBC and WBO sanctioning bodies at 160 pounds.
With his pick of the litter, Munguia opted against facing Janibek Alimkhanuly for the WBO interim crown. Instead, Munguia brazenly accepted an offer take on current WBC middleweight champion, Jermall Charlo.
However, although both sides agreed to the financial portion of their deal, their showdown fell by the wayside as neither Showtime, nor DAZN, were able to agree to terms on the platform in which their contest would be viewed.
Ultimately, Oscar De La Hoya, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, is bemused by the entire ordeal. In his opinion, he isn’t fulminating against Charlo receiving the lions share of the financial pie. He’s also willing to allow Munguia to jump ship and fight Charlo on Showtime pay-per-view.
Nonetheless, De La Hoya wants to make it clear that Munguia is ready, willing, and able to face Charlo next. The longtime promoter and Hall of Fame fighter is simply asking that Showtime and their representatives play fair.
“We want the fight,” said De La Hoya during a self-recorded video. “Charlo is the champion, he gets the bigger cut, we all know that. That’s common sense. You have the fight on Showtime pay-per-view but I need DAZN to participate. They built Jaime Munguia, that’s only fair. It’s business. More platforms, more pay-per-views, what’s wrong with that?”
Presently, it’s unclear whether both sides will close the gap on their disagreements. However, those discussions could become extraneous.
The WBC has officially ordered a purse bid between Munguia and fellow highly ranked contender, Carlos Adames, tomorrow afternoon. The winner of said bout, would then become Charlo’s mandatory challenger.
In the meanwhile, Charlo is set to return to the ring this Summer against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. The heavy-handed WBC titlist has defended his middleweight crown just once annually over the past two years. In 2021, Charlo struggled against fringe contender Juan Macias Montiel, winning a tougher than expected unanimous decision.
Jermall Charlo Vs. Jaime Munguia Talks Fall By The Wayside
By: Hans Themistode
After forgoing his chance to face Janibek Alimkhanuly for the WBO middleweight interim crown in favor of taking on WBC belt holder, Jermall Charlo, Jaime Munguia will be forced to take a longer road to his first world title shot at 160 pounds.
Initially, team Charlo turned their sights toward Munguia after failing to secure a showdown against Canelo Alvarez. Representatives of the 31-year-old Houstonian made a lucrative offer to Munguia to become Charlo’s fifth world title defense. As reported by Mike Coppinger of ESPN, both Charlo and Munguia agreed on the financial portion of their highly-anticipated showdown.
However, their contest has officially gone by the wayside as broadcasting rights became unsolvable scenario. Although Munguia was hoping to truncate Charlo’s title reign, the 25-year-old isn’t entirely out of the running.
According to the WBC sanctioning body, a purse bid, which has been officially set for this coming Tuesday, March 15th, will determine Charlo’s next mandatory challenger. At the center of said purse bid will be the aforementioned Munguia and highly ranked contender, Carlos Adames.
In the meanwhile, Charlo will look to remain active by facing a yet-to-be-determined opponent this Summer. The 31-year-old titlist has defended his middleweight crown just once annually since 2020.
Most recently, despite heading into the ring as a considerable favorite, Charlo struggled with the rough and rugged Juan Macias Montiel. Still, regardless of Montiel having plenty of success, Charlo drove his record to a perfect 32-0 via unanimous decision.
Jaime Munguia And Jermall Charlo Inching Closer Toward Finalizing Fight Agreement
By: Hans Themistode
Jaime Munguia has thought long and hard about his next move.
The former junior middleweight titlist turned highly ranked middleweight contender was originally ordered by the WBO sanctioning body to take on Janibek Alimkhanuly for the interim 160-pound crown. However, as first reported by BoxingScene.com, Munguia has turned down the governing bodies offer as he mulls over another proposal.
With WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo in need of a dance partner, the long-reigning champion has made Munguia an enticing offer. According to Keith Idec of BoxingScene.com, a tentative date of June 18th, is the reported target.
As Munguia continues to look over Charlo’s offer, he has seemingly removed himself from heading down the path of the WBO. In the end, while Munguia will always hold a special place in the sanctioning bodies’ heart, Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel, the organization’s chairman, is moving on.
“We love our former junior middleweight champion, Jaime Munguia,” said Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel on his social media account. “But the show must go on.”
Ultimately, a decision from Munguia could be coming in the ensuing days. Should the Mexican star accept Charlo’s offer, a showdown against the Houston native would represent his stiffest competition by far.
Since dropping his previously mentioned WBO junior middleweight title, Munguia has slowly upped his level of competition. Following two one-sided victories over Kamil Szeremeta and Gabe Rosado in 2021, Munguia has continued his winning ways with a third-round stoppage win over D’Mitrius Ballard in February, earlier this year.
In the case of Charlo, unlike Munguia, his ring appearances as of late have been few and far between. In both 2020 and 2021, Charlo has defended his WBC strap just once annually.
Despite his inactive schedule, Charlo attempted to parlay wins over Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Juan Macias Montiel – into a mega showdown against pound-for-pound star Canelo Alvarez.
Yet, with Alvarez opting to do business elsewhere, Charlo has now promptly turned his attention towards Munguia. If the two officially square off on June 18th, it will mark one full year since Charlo was last seen in the ring. The 31-year-old successfully defended his WBC crown against a tougher than expected Montiel, winning a fairly wide unanimous decision.
Jermall Charlo Views Canelo Alvarez Showdown As Inevitable: “In Due Time”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo was closer than ever to landing a mega showdown against Canelo Alvarez.
The Houstonian power puncher was on the front end of a two-fight deal presented to Alvarez from PBC’s Al Haymon, the promotional banner in which Charlo fights under, along with a second showdown against David Benavidez. In total, Alvarez was offered upwards of $100 and reportedly gave serious consideration to inking his name on the dotted line.
Ultimately, Alvarez decided against PBC’s lucrative offer and instead, opted to walk hand in hand with promoter, Eddie Hearn. Now, the 31-year-old from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will face off against WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, along with a tentatively scheduled third showdown against longtime rival, Gennadiy Golovkin.
With the Canelo Alvarez ship officially sailing by, Charlo isn’t acrimonious with the way things played out. If, by chance, Alvarez flirts with the idea of facing him in the near future, Charlo reveals that he would be willing to do just about anything to get his hands on him, including, traveling halfway across the world.
“I’ll go out there to fight in Mexico,” said Charlo to ESNEWS during a recent interview. “Just to shut everybody up, shut all the naysayers up.”
Presently, Charlo is sifting through the 160-pound landscape in search of his next opponent. The pugilistic star who’s in possession of the WBC middleweight title was last seen in the ring against Juan Macias Montiel on June 19th, 2021. While he was pegged as a heavy favorite, Charlo quickly found out that Montiel was a durable challenger. In the end, however, Charlo managed to defend his 160-pound title via unanimous decision.
Although Charlo is now moving on with his career and placing Alvarez in the rearview mirror, he’s keeping one eye on the Mexican star. Regardless of who Charlo ultimately chooses to face, he’s confident that a showdown against Alvarez is essentially inevitable.
“In due time.”
Daniel Jacobs Vs. Jermall Charlo: Oh What Could’ve Been
By: Hans Themistode
The night was supposed to be all about Deontay Wilder. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama native had a point to prove to everyone. Sure he was the proud owner of the WBC heavyweight crown and no one questioned whether or not he was a violent puncher but many were unsure if he had what it takes to defeat all comers.
On March 3th, 2018, in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, both Wilder and Cuban star Luis Ortiz waged war in the middle of the ring. Ortiz did what he always does, boxed well from the outside, and landed the sort of punches that put normal men down. Wilder though, weathered every bit of that heavyweight storm before scoring the knockout blow in the tenth.
While the fireworks in the ring were memorable, backstage, more blows appeared on the verge of taking place.
For years, both Daniel Jacobs and Jermall Charlo traded words over social media and whenever a camera was present. Ironically enough, both men were in attendance on the night. Crossing each other’s path didn’t appear likely, however. Charlo took in the Wilder vs. Ortiz sights from his ringside view, while Jacobs was several feet away doing the same.
Neither man appeared to notice the other and everyone was well on their way to exiting the arena. But, in what’s become the norm in boxing, several media members gathered around Charlo for interviews.
For the most part, the topic of their initial conversation centered around Hugo Centeno Jr. Charlo was originally set to take on the fringe contender for the WBC interim middleweight crown on February 23rd but their contest was postponed due to a rib injury suffered by Centeno Jr.
A normally pugnacious Charlo had no bad words to say about his future opponent and simply wished him a speedy recovery.
Ultimately, the mood changed the moment Jacobs’ name was mentioned. Although Charlo had already signed on the dotted line to face Centeno Jr. and despite Jacobs having his own date lined up with Maciej Sulecki, Charlo was anxious to push both of their already agreed upon opponents out of the way in order to make their contest a reality.
“I’m looking for him right now,” said Charlo in reference to Jacobs during an interview with a group of reporters. “Where he at? I’m in Brooklyn. If Jacobs wanna fight, let’s fight. Let’s skip the Centeno fight, he ain’t gotta take his next fight either.”
Moments after asking the whereabouts of Jacobs, the former middleweight titlist appeared.
At first, Jacobs didn’t seem to notice Charlo. A smiling Jacobs sauntered calmly through the back area of the Barclays Center, with an expensive button-down shirt revealing a gold chain underneath. As he glanced over at Charlo, his smile widened.
“I came at the perfect time,” said Jacobs as he immediately moved past every media member to step directly in front of Charlo. “I’m just trying to figure out what we doing?”
The contentious fulmination only continued as Jacobs took exception to some of the storylines surrounding their possible showdown. With Charlo closely aligned with Showtime and Jacobs partnering up with HBO and leaving Showtime in the dust, the Brooklyn product accentuated his bank account and current payroll as a reason why he decided to ultimately leave the prominent network.
“Bro, you ain’t even touch an M (million) yet,” said Jacobs as they continued to argue. “I’m touching M’s, That’s why I made my way to HBO.”
Curse words filled the back arena and tensions flared. Security quickly came in to separate the two but before going their separate ways, they shook hands. The boxing world began salivating over their possible showdown.
Weeks went by with no word of a possible deal taking place. The proposed skipping of their immediate opponents proved to be spurious as well as Jacobs easily outboxed Sulecki and Charlo brutally stopping Centeno Jr. one week prior.
The weeks turned to months, and ultimately into years. The pair continued to fight in the exact same weight class during most of that tenure. Charlo carved out his own name, eventually being elevated to full WBC titleholder, while Jacobs would win the IBF crown against Sergiy Derevyanchenko in 2018.
Even with Jacobs losing a close unanimous decision against Canelo Alvarez in May of 2019, the boxing world was anxious for the pair to step into the ring with one another. Fast forward four long years since that March 4th confrontation and fans of the pugilistic sport, who seldom agree on anything, can admit to one thing…their contest will never happen. Or, at this point, who truly cares if it does?
The proverbial tombstone in their explosive showdown was officially placed this past weekend. Jacobs, now 35, lost a close split decision against John Ryder, roughly a year and a half following a lackluster and unimpressive victory over fringe contender Gabe Rosado at 168 pounds.
Jacobs looked slower and uninspiring. His once pernicious punching power never appeared throughout the night, and his overall skills had eroded.
You see, boxing has a tendency to do this, more times than not. Two violent and dangerous punchers at the top of their games who absolutely loathe each other would’ve given fans what they wanted to see. At this point, their contest has officially gone by the wayside.
Charlo, 31, appears to have plenty left in the tank and still has his waist laced in middleweight gold. A showdown between himself and Jacobs though, is nothing more than a mismatch, one that will play on the feelings of fight fans as they attempt to recapture their imagination from their 2018 confrontation.
The boxing world will do what it always does in this scenario. Shrug its shoulders and chalk it up as another missed opportunity, placing another high stakes, highly anticipated matchup in the trash bin next to Riddick Bowe vs. Lennox Lewis, Shane Mosley vs. Felix Trinidad, George Foreman vs. Earnie Shavers, and countless other must-see matchups that never took place.
Charlo vs. Jacobs doesn’t quite live up to those all-time great fights or the expectations that were placed upon them. Still, the overall outcome is the same. It was a fight the fans wanted, craved, and begged for. But of course, boxing gave us all the middle finger. Now, as we officially place our attention elsewhere, we’ll be forced to think, what could’ve been.
Jermall Charlo Arrested And Charged With Assault
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo had been anxiously waiting to see if his name will be chosen from the Canelo Alvarez hat. However, while the current WBC middleweight titlist is still playing the waiting game with the Mexican star, he’ll now patiently wait on the verdict of a Texas judge.
Earlier today, the 31-year-old was arrested and charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury. The arrest stems from a previous case involving family violence. An arrest warrant was initially issued for his arrest. Once booked, Charlo’s bond was set for $10,000.
While Charlo has been formally arrested, he remains innocent of all charges until proven otherwise. If, however, the Houston resident is guilty of his recent charges, his sentence carries a prison term of 2-10 years.
The pugnacious power hitter was last seen in the ring on June 19th, 2021, scoring a one-sided unanimous decision win over Juan Macias Montiel. With the win, Charlo secured the fourth defense of his WBC middleweight crown.
Most recently, PBC’s Al Haymon, the promotional banner in which Charlo fights under, offered Alvarez roughly $45 million to face Charlo in a pay-per-view headliner that would take place on May 7th. As of now, however, Alvarez has yet to make his decision.
Regardless of Charlo’s recent legal woes, Alvarez has faced opponents laced in similar situations. In November of 2019, Alvarez took on then, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, who was arrested one year prior for felony assault, yet still fought while those pending legal charges still swirled.
Eddie Hearn Gives His Thoughts On Canelo’s Future: “I Think Charlo Is The Easiest Fight For Him”
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez was all smiles following the conclusion of his 2021 boxing schedule. Not only was the pound-for-pound star successful in all three of his ring appearances against Avni Yildirim, Billy Joe Saunders, and Caleb Plant but he managed to score concussive knockouts against each.
At the cessation of his final showdown of the year against Plant, Alvarez leaped upon the top rope and screamed into the crowd in excitement. With the win, the Mexican star became the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time.
With the rest of the boxing world gunning for their shot at Alvarez, he’s patiently and carefully sifting through numerous offers. Alvarez was recently offered a one-fight deal by PBC’s Al Haymon to square off against WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo. Promoter Eddie Hearn, on the other hand, has offered Alvarez a two-fight contract to take on current WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol and longtime rival, Gennadiy Golovkin.
Although Alvarez has yet to make his decision, when asked who should be viewed as the most tenuous challenge, Hearn didn’t mince words.
“I think Charlo is the easiest fight for him,” said Hearn during a recent interview with BoxingInsider.com.
While Houston’s Charlo currently campaigns one weight class beneath Alvarez, the pugnacious power puncher, has repeatedly stated that he would be more than willing to move up in weight to acquiesce Alvarez. The WBC middleweight titlist was last seen in the ring in June of 2021, scoring a fairly wide unanimous decision against fringe contender Juan Macias Montiel.
Regardless of his overall skills, however, Hearn is fully convinced that a matchup between Alvarez and the middleweight belt holder would be the easiest of all his available options.
In the case of Golovkin, the future Hall of Famer knows good and well what to expect from Alvarez, having shared the ring with him on back-to-back occasions.
Though the Kazakhstan star believes he should have been awarded a unanimous decision victory against Alvarez in 2017, he was forced to settle for a split decision draw. One year later, the two would do it again. This time, while Golovkin adamantly expressed his displeasure with the final scorecards, he was given the first defeat of his career. The now 40-year-old has since gotten back to his winning ways, scoring three consecutive victories, including a seventh-round stoppage win over Kamil Szeremeta.
Although Bivol could be considered the lesser-known of the bunch, Hearn has always viewed the light heavyweight titlist as a legitimate threat to Alvarez. Following an uninspiring 2020, in which Bivol failed to compete at all, he reeled off back-to-back victories over Craig Richards and Umar Salamov.
Though Hearn maintains that both Bivol and Golovkin are more difficult fights, he did openly admit that Charlo is a helluva fighter in his own right.
“I see the Golovkin fight as a much more brutal fight than Charlo. I see the Bivol fight as a much more technically tricky fight than Charlo but Charlo is also is a great fighter.”
Regis Prograis: “I Definitely Think He [Jermall Charlo] Got The Style To Beat Somebody Like Canelo”
By: Hans Themistode
Although Canelo Alvarez has enjoyed his recent time off, the Mexican superstar is closing in on making a selection for his next ring appearance.
As first reported by Mike Coppinger of ESPN, Alvarez is reviewing several offers. First, the pound-for-pound star was reportedly offered a one-fight deal by PBC’s Al Haymon to take on current WBC middleweight champion, Jermall Charlo. Shortly after, promoter Eddie Hearn slid a two-fight deal across the table of Alvarez. If he were to accept, Alvarez would find himself facing off against WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol and current IBF middleweight titlist Gennadiy Golovkin.
In addition to those offers, former two-time super middleweight champion David Benavidez has expressed his desire to face Alvarez as well.
While it’s unclear who Alvarez will ultimately choose, Regis Prograis believes he knows who would give the Mexican product his most difficult challenge.
“Listen, Canelo is the baddest man on the planet right now but I think out of everybody else, I think that Mall got the best chance,” said Prograis during an interview with FightHype.com.
At the age of 31, Alvarez is coming off a historic 2021. Following back-to-back wins over Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant, Alvarez successfully lifted both the WBO and IBF 168 pound titles. As a result, Alvarez became the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time.
Though his standing amongst the greatest fighters in the world was solidified, Houston’s Charlo is confident in his ability to knock him off his high horse. The current WBC 160 pound titlist last appeared in the ring on June 19th, 2021, facing the tough and rugged Juan Macias Montiel.
With the fourth defense of middleweight crown complete, Charlo has stated on numerous occasions that if given a chance to face Alvarez, he’ll audaciously move up in weight and face him on his territory.
Should Charlo receive the call, Prograis, a former 140 pound titlist, would be ecstatic over the news. Although he admits that Alvarez has faced top-tier opponents throughout his Hall of Fame bound career, Prograis suspects Charlo would quickly establish himself as one of his more difficult foes.
“Mall strong, like he strong as a mother fucker, hit hard and stuff like that. I definitely think he got the style to beat somebody like Canelo. I think he’ll be probably one of Canelo’s strongest opponents he’s fought in the last few years.”
David Benavidez: “I Wouldn’t Be Surprised If Canelo Knocks Charlo Out”
By: Hans Themistode
Following one of the more successful years of his Hall of Fame bound career, Canelo Alvarez is reportedly sifting through multiple offers.
According to Mike Coppinger of ESPN, Alvarez is mulling over two separate deals. PBC’s Al Haymon has extended a one-fight deal to Alvarez to face current WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo in May on Cinco De Mayo weekend on pay-per-view. Shortly after, Alvarez was reportedly offered a two-fight deal to face off against WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, which would then be followed up with a third showdown against longtime rival Gennadiy Golovkin.
Considering the amount of money Alvarez made for his most recent pay-per-view event, an 11th round stoppage victory over Caleb Plant, David Benavidez believes that Alvarez will continue to face the fighters associated with the PBC stable.
“If you look at the deals he was offered,” said Benavidez during an interview with FightHype.com. “Two-fight deal with DAZN with no pay-per-view or one fight deal with PBC with pay-per-view, it’s kind of a no-brainer. I think Canelo is loving that pay-per-view money.”
According to multiple reports, Alvarez made approximately $35 million for his eighth-round stoppage victory over Billy Joe Saunders on DAZN in May. As for his pay-per-view showdown against Plant, Alvarez reportedly pocketed upwards of $40 million, plus, pay-per-view upside.
Outside of the financial ramifications, Benavidez finds a showdown between Alvarez and Houston’s Charlo a fascinating one. The truculent power puncher has craved a showdown against Alvarez and has stated on numerous occasions that he has the power, size, and overall ability to give the pound-for-pound star fits.
The now 31-year-old middleweight champion has dominated during his title reign. Most recently, Charlo scored a fairly wide unanimous decision against Juan Macias Montiel. Still, despite Charlo holding a perfect record through 32 career bouts, Benavidez believes facing Alvarez is a completely different animal.
Over the past several months, both Charlo and Benavidez have thrown warning shots at one another, with the newly turned 25-year-old urging Charlo to face him in the ring. Although Benavidez is eager to square off against Charlo at some point, he acknowledges that the WBC middleweight titlist is an outstanding fighter.
Nevertheless, in terms of how the pair matches up, Benavidez suspects that their showdown is more likely to end explosively, with Alvarez having his hand raised in victory.
“Charlo has been a great champion,” continued Benavidez. “That’s a great fight for boxing. A fight with Charlo is going to be a tougher fight than Canelo has had in a while but also, I wouldn’t be surprised if Canelo knocks Charlo out. I think there’s a bigger possibility of Canelo knocking Charlo out than Charlo knocking Canelo out.”
Canelo Alvarez Reportedly Sifting Through Offers To Face Gennadiy Golovkin, Jermall Charlo And Dmitry Bivol
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez is a wanted man.
As first reported by Mike Coppinger of ESPN, Alvarez was offered a one-fight deal from PBC’s Al Haymon that would see him take on WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo on May 7th, Cinco De Mayo weekend.
In addition to that offer, rival promoter Eddie Hearn is offering Alvarez a two-fight deal. The first fight of said deal would be against WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol. Provided Alvarez escaped from their contest victoriously, the Mexican star would then face off against long-time rival Gennadiy Golovkin.
While both promoters would love a response sooner rather than later, Alvarez can seemingly take his time before making his decision. Following a wildly successful 2021 which saw the pound-for-pound star enter the ring on three separate occasions and capture every world title at 168 pounds, Alvarez revealed that his robust 2021 schedule had taken its toll on him. As a result, the Mexican product revealed that he would likely sit out until early May.
In Charlo, the truculent 160 pound titlist has craved a showdown with boxing’s biggest star for a number of years. In his lone appearance in 2021, Charlo defeated a tougher than expected Juan Macias Montiel. Although the Houstonian has proudly defended his WBC middleweight title on four separate occasions, he’s stated on numerous occasions that he would have no issue with moving up in weight to face Alvarez.
Much like Charlo, Bivol has also expressed a desire to face Alvarez. Though he campaigns at 175 pounds, Alvarez was once a light heavyweight titleholder following his 11th round stoppage win over former WBO champion Sergey Kovalev in 2019.
The Russian native has recently ended his inactive spell in 2021, winning back-to-back contests against Craigs Richards and Umar Salamov.
Despite both Charlo and Bivol’s eagerness to face Alvarez, Golovkin knows good and well what it feels like to share the ring with the Mexican star.
In September of 2017, both Alvarez and Golovkin engaged in a back and forth war. While their contest produced fireworks, their split decision draw left neither man satisfied. One year later, Alvarez would eke out a close and controversial majority win.
At the age of 39, Golovkin appears to be on the downside of his career. Still, the future Hall of Famer has reeled off two consecutive victories against Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Kamil Szeremeta.
The current IBF middleweight titlist is now patiently waiting on a future date against WBA champion Ryota Murata. The two were originally scheduled to face off in late December in 2021 but were forced to scrap those plans due to the travel ban that was implemented in Murata’s native land of Japan. According to promoter Eddie Hearn, he expects them to square off at some point in the first half of this year.
Oscar De La Hoya: “I Think [Jermall] Charlo Earned His Way To Canelo”
By: Hans Themistode
Over the past several years, Jermall Charlo has beseeched Canelo Alvarez to face him in the ring. Yet, despite his urgent pleas, the Mexican star has often looked past him.
Though Charlo has enjoyed a widely successful career, including two world title runs and a growing tendency for scoring concussive knockouts, some in the boxing world have been under the impression that the Houston native has yet to prove himself worthy for a shot at Alvarez.
In 2018, following three triumphant title defenses at 154 pounds, Charlo opted to make the move six pounds north. Shortly after the pernicious puncher officially landed at 160 pounds, he was crowned the WBC interim titlist following a second-round stoppage win over Hugo Centeno Jr. Soon after, Charlo was then moved up to full titleholder with Alvarez, who held said title, being elevated to “Franchise Champion.”
Much like his title reign at 154 pounds, Charlo has mostly blown through the competition. As a result, not only has longtime promoter Oscar De La Hoya taken notice but more importantly, he believes Charlo has earned his stripes.
“I think Charlo just now earned his way to Canelo, like just now,” said De La Hoya to K.O. Artist Sports during a recent interview. “Charlo is one of those late bloomers. He’s a great champion. There’s fighters that kind of gain notoriety later in their careers. You have to really establish yourself. Right now is the perfect time to make that fight.”
As first reported by Mike Coppinger of ESPN, Alvarez is currently locked in intense negotiations with team Charlo. The plan appears to have Alvarez defend his undisputed super middleweight throne against the Houston product on Cinco De Mayo weekend.
Although Charlo currently campaigns one weight class lower, he has stated on countless occasions that if he were able to secure a showdown against Alvarez, he would be willing to move up in weight to challenge the pound-for-pound star.
If negotiations continue to go smoothly, Charlo could very well land the one bout he’s craved for years.