By: Hans Themistode
Eddie Hearn thought it was going to be pretty easy. With someone as skilled as Demetrius Andrade, the long-time promoter figured all he needed to do was provide him with a platform to showcase his skills and the big fights would come rolling in. However, after spending so many years promoting him, he’s found it virtually impossible to find a notable contest for him.
With no big fights on the horizon, Hearn is coming to the realization that throughout all of his years as a promoter, Andrade (29-0, 18 KOs) could very well be the most difficult fighter he’s ever tried to get a big fight for.
“I think so,” said Hearn during an interview with BoxingInsider.com. “Billy Joe Saunders is up there, Devin Haney is now looking like one of those guys as well. It’s a huge compliment to these fighters that the champions won’t face them because what it means is they’re really good.”
Amongst the many names that Hearn has attempted to lure into the ring to face the WBO middleweight belt holder is WBC titlist Jermall Charlo. For years now, Hearn has sat back and listened to the surly knockout artist scream and shout that he was the best fighter in the division.
Following Charlo’s most recent win against Sergiy Derevyanchenko this past September, the Houstonian claimed that he wanted to become a unified champion. However, when Hearn reached out to team Charlo with what he felt was a significant offer, reportedly for seven million dollars, nothing came to fruition.
Despite the large sum of cash, for whatever reason, their negotiations never quite got out of the racing blocks. Although several months have passed since then, Hearn is still acrimonious over the entire event.
“What pisses me off is you’ve got people like Charlo who finishes his fight and he says he wants to unify the division and wants every belt. Well, I’ve got one for you, Demetrius Andrade. Here’s a huge offer to fight on DAZN but he says no, he doesn’t want to fight on DAZN so I say okay, let’s do it on Showtime or FOX. We want the same money that you just paid Derevyanchenko, that’s it.”
With Hearn willing to acquiesce to all of Charlo’s demands, more or less, the head man over at Matchroom doesn’t believe Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) will jump into the ring with Andrade anytime soon.
Simply put, it doesn’t matter how much money he throws in his face or how badly he attempts to antagonize him. Hearn unambiguously believes that Charlo knows in his heart of hearts that if they do fight, he just won’t win.
“What is it? Do they not think they can beat him? Ultimately it is, cause if it was an easy fight or if Charlo believe’d he would win, he would fight him.”
By: Hans Themistode
Forget about Canelo Alvarez winning world titles in four different weight classes. It also doesn’t matter that he’s the consensus number one fighter in the world. According to a long list of fighters that include the likes of WBO middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade and WBC belt holder Jermall Charlo, Alvarez is flat out avoiding them.
Those sentiments do nothing but make the unified super middleweight champion laugh. To Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs), it doesn’t matter how many fighters he’s beaten and it also doesn’t matter how great they were. Regardless of how many he knocks down, new faces continue to rise to the front of the line and claim that he is avoiding them.
“All fighters always say the same thing,” said Alvarez during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “I beat one and another comes up. That’s how it is, it’s normal. It’s part of the game.”
Alvarez, 30, is currently watching the clock tick down as his mandatory title defense against Avni Yildirim this Saturday night draws closer. The pair are slated to face off at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida.
Despite being the overwhelming favorite, Alvarez says he’s giving Yildirim all of the respect in the world. If the super middleweight titlist does exactly what many are expecting, then his next contest is already locked in against WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders. Next up, provided he wins, would be a showdown against IBF champion Caleb Plant.
Not mentioned in any of his immediate plans is Charlo. The Houstonian has continued to call out Alvarez at every turn, even offering to agree to whatever weight class Alvarez chooses.
For the most part, the Mexican product has paid him no mind, but he knows good and well that at some point, both he and Charlo will have to meet up in the ring.
Simply put, it’s inevitable.
“Hopefully yes,” said Alvarez when asked if he expects to face Charlo. “Why not? A fight has to happen.”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo is starting to get pissed off.
On numerous occasions, the WBC middleweight belt holder has called out high-level fighters across various divisions. From IBF 160 champion Gennadiy Golovkin to unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, Charlo wants to take them all on.
Yet, no matter how loud he hoots and hollers about the fighters he wants to face, no one as of yet has taken him up on his offer. Fans, of course, would love to see the Houstonian face the very fighters he’s called out but have grown impatient as he attempts to lure them in the ring. Their impatience has led some of them to jump on Charlo’s case due to the lack of big names he’s faced thus far in his career.
To the surly knockout artist, he understands everyone’s frustration but in turn, he’s getting annoyed with everyone putting the blame on him.
“I’m not a matchmaker,” said Charlo on his Instagram live account. “I wish I could just fight whoever I want to fight.”
Amongst the countless names that Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) has called out, one name that has stuck out is former WBC super-middleweight belt holder David Benavidez. Unlike Alvarez, Golovkin and others that have chosen to flat out ignore Charlo, Benavidez has welcomed a possible showdown against him with open arms.
With both fighters campaigning at different weights however, fans have looked at a possible matchup between the pair as more of a pipe dream. But while Benavidez has no intentions of moving down to 160 pounds and with Charlo not fully ready to move eight pounds north, the middleweight titlist has offered to make things fair by meeting up somewhere in the middle.
“I campaign at 160, Benavidez is at 168. I want to fight the mother f*cker. Meet up somewhere, I’m with it.”
Presently, Benavidez is in the midst of training camp as he prepares to return to the ring on March 13th, against fringe contender Ronald Ellis. Assuming he walks away with the victory, both Charlo and Benavidez could be heading towards a collision course sometime soon.
By: Hans Themistode
To be as frank as possible, Jermall Charlo doesn’t like anyone in or around his 160-pound weight class. So it came as no surprise to hear the list of names the Houston native reeled off as must-have opponents before he brings the curtain’s down on his career.
“Obviously I want Canelo,” said Charlo on his social media account. “GGG (Gennadiy Golovkin) on his way out so I gotta get him before he leaves. I gotta knock (Daniel) Jacobs the fuck out.”
At 30 years of age, Charlo has no intentions of ending his career anytime soon. In fact, the two-division belt holder is currently in the midst of a public feud with former super middleweight titlist David Benavidez. Despite campaigning at a smaller weight, Charlo has stated on numerous occasions that he would have no issue with making the trek eight pounds north in order to make their showdown a reality.
At the moment though, Charlo appears to be fixated on his fellow middleweight peers and those who have once fought in the 160-pound division. In the perfect world, Charlo would prefer a tournament of sorts. One that would end the debate surrounding who is the best fighter from the bunch he named previously.
In terms of Canelo and GGG, Charlo doesn’t appear to have any animosity towards them. In the case of Jacobs however, Charlo becomes apoplectic. For years now the pair have simply not liked one another. But for as much as Charlo would love to lay the Brooklyn, product flat on his back in a tournament setting, he would much rather force him to wait on the sidelines.
In the Houston native’s opinion, both Jacobs and current WBO middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade would vie for last place and should face one another to determine who walks away with the infamous crown.
“Jacobs and Andrade can wait since they been waiting so long anyway. They can fight each other and then I’ll fight the winner. Let the third and fourth place fight each other type shit.”
Needless to say, but in Charlo’s hypothetical tournament, he would reign supreme. Although the Houstonian stoutly believes he’s the best in the world, he remembers a time when he was an unknown fighter trying to make a name for himself. With world titles in two separate weight classes and an undefeated record through 31 fights, Charlo, by all accounts, has become a known commodity in the boxing world.
Having said that, Charlo knows good and well that while he is regarded as one of the best in the sport, an unheralded fighter can change things in the blink of an eye.
“There might be another fighter coming up. I was young once. Generations change, somebody’s gonna come up.”
By: Hans Themistode
David Benavidez may not say entirely too much but that doesn’t mean he isn’t listening. After wrapping up one of his daily workouts in preparation for his March 13th contest against fringe contender Ronald Ellis, Benavidez took the time to watch a recent interview that was conducted by the BoxingSweetScience2.0 and WBC middleweight belt holder Jermall Charlo.
During their discussion, Charlo was adamant about his ability to move up in weight and stop the much larger Benavidez in a future showdown.
“I’ll knock his ass the f**k out,” said Charlo during the interview. “I’ll move up and get that mother f**ker sooner or later.”
After hearing Charlo’s choice of word’s Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) could only smile as he gave his own prediction on their possible matchup.
“He says he can knock me out but I got the power to knock his ass out too,” said Benavidez during an interview with Esnews. “I would love to fight Charlo.”
While Benavidez would love nothing more than to shut the mouth of Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs), the 24-year-old is still working his way back up the 168-pound ladder.
In what turned out to be the Arizona native’s lone appearance in 2020, he easily dealt with Roamer Alexis Angulo by handing him a one-sided beating which resulted in a tenth round stoppage defeat but the highly regarded fighter saw his title reign come to an unexpected end as he was stripped of his belt for failing to make weight.
Regardless of the forfeiture of his title, Benavidez expects to get right back in the championship mix in the near future as he is ranked near the top of just about every sanctioning body in the super middleweight division.
For years now, Benavidez has pushed his chips to the middle of the table in his pursuit of a showdown with IBF titlist Caleb Plant. Recently, Benavidez has also let his feelings be known that newly crowned WBC belt holder Canelo Alvarez is a target on his Hitlist as well.
In terms of Charlo however, the eyes of Benavidez light up whenever his name is mentioned. Although the Houston native is presently campaigning one weight class lower, Benavidez has taken notice of his performances, including a dominant 12 round decision win over Sergiy Derevyanchenko this past September.
Although eight pounds is currently separating the two from making their contest a reality, Charlo has regurgitated on numerous occasions that he fully intends on moving up in weight soon. Should that happen, Benavidez won’t eschew from the two-weight world champion. Instead, he’ll welcome him with open arms.
“I think it would be a great fight, I think people would love to see that fight so I’m all for it.”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo might be entering only his fourth year in the middleweight division but the surly knockout artist isn’t opposed to moving up in weight.
At the moment, the WBC middleweight belt holder is still holding out hope that a dream matchup against Canelo Alvarez will one day come to fruition. However, the Houston native has expressed serious interest in moving up in weight to take on former super middleweight titlist David Benavidez.
Although Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) campaigns at a higher weight and would hold a two-inch height and four-inch reach advantage in their possible showdown, Charlo could care less about the physical disadvantages he would be facing.
“I don’t care about weight,” said Charlo to BoxingSweetScience2.0 during a recent interview. I’ll move up and get that mother f**ker sooner or later.
Benavidez, 24, has never been one to back down from a challenge. In fact, the Phoenix Arizona product has spoken highly of Charlo’s skills in the past and anticipates a future showdown between the two. Presently though, Benavidez is currently preparing to return to the ring against fringe contender Ronald Ellis on March 13th. While he’s barely lost a round during his eight-year career, Charlo notices holes in his game and if they aren’t corrected, will lead to a painful defeat if and when the two actually do meet in the ring.
“He gets hit way too much. These the type of shots you can’t get hit by like that. I’ll knock his ass the f**k out.”
Despite taking aim at Benavidez, Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) still has work to do in his current weight class. In what turned out to be his lone appearance in the ring in 2020, Charlo had a relatively easy time against perpetual contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Coming into their showdown, many expected the Ukrainian to not only provide Charlo with his stiffest test to date but in the eyes of some, Derevyanchenko was predicted to relieve Charlo of his WBC title.
Those predictions, of course, were found to be laughable as Charlo outboxed and outmuscled his man. The win may have set up a plethora of matchups for him in his division but there is one name Charlo wants above all others.
“Obviously I want Canelo.”
By: Hans Themistode
Demetrius Andrade usually wastes no time whenever a microphone is present. The effervescent middleweight belt holder has continually called out the best of the best in not only his weight class but also at Jr middleweight and super middleweight as well.
While Andrade carries around with him a mile-long list containing names that he would love to share the ring with, he refrains from calling them out directly for the moment. Instead, the 32-year-old leaves an obvious hint as to who is at the top of his wishlist.
“Anybody name that starts with C and ends with an O,” said Andrade on his social media account.
For those struggling to figure out who Andrade is referring to, that would be current WBC middleweight belt holder Jermall Charlo and multiple division champion and current WBC, WBA and Ring magazine super middleweight titlist Canelo Alvarez.
Although Andrade has always found himself in the mix for a possible showdown with both belt holders, he has failed to secure them. With that being said, the Rhode Island native appeared to be on his way to finalizing a deal with Alvarez near the end of 2019. Earlier in the year, Alvarez unified middleweight titles with then IBF champion Daniel Jacobs.
The win for the Mexican native allowed him to wrap a third 160-pound title around his waist. The last however, was still safely tucked away under Andrade’s arm. During numerous interviews, trainer/manager of Alvarez in Eddy Reynoso claimed that the pound for pound star would attempt to become an undisputed champion in the division. That in turn, meant that Andrade would finally get his wish.
That, of course, never came to fruition as Alvarez instead opted to move up two divisions to take on then WBO light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev. His decision may have boosted his career to new heights but for Andrade, he was left in the dust.
In addition to Alvarez leaving him at the alter, Andrade becomes belligerent when mentioning Jermall Charlo. Despite offering what he believes was a healthy sum of money to face the Houston native, Charlo chose to take on other names instead.
In short, Andrade is apoplectic at what he believes are fights that should have happened by now.
“Charlo, we offered you seven million dollars to fight, he turned it down. Canelo, DAZN offered you five million more and you went to go fight Kovalev instead of unifying the division at 160 pounds. I’m ready.”
By: Hans Themistode
David Benavidez? Nope. Caleb Plant? Nope. Demetrius Andrade? Nope. Billy Joe Saunders? Nope? Not even a third contest with Gennadiy Golovkin would truly pique Bernard Hopkin’s interest. If it was up to the newly inducted hall of famer, only one fighter’s name should be mentioned above all others in terms of who Canelo Alvarez should face next.
“There’s one fighter I want to see him fight, Jermall Charlo,” said Hopkins during an interview with FightHype. “Nothing else matters to me right now.”
For the former multiple division belt holder, he’s still getting used to life without Alvarez. For years the pound-for-pound star was represented by Golden Boy Promotions, a company Hopkins is apart of. Although Hopkins helped Alvarez and the promotional company in its efforts in making some of the biggest fights possible for Alvarez, a showdown with WBC middleweight belt holder Jermall Charlo never came to fruition.
Now, even with both sides no longer working with one another, Hopkins would still love for both fighters to face one another in the ring.
“I wanted that fight before the Golden Boy split. I want that fight now, I want that fight in the next year and a half or earlier. The reason I say a year and a half is not because neither guy isn’t ready but it’s because of the politics. The politics have to get on the same page first and then the fight happens. Hopefully, the politics don’t take too long between both sides.”
While Alvarez has received universal praise for what he has accomplished across multiple weight classes, Hopkins views Charlo as a legitimate threat. At one point, a showdown between them simply boiled down to the negotiating table, however, with Alvarez officially stating that he will campaign solely at super middleweight, one weight class above Charlo, a showdown between them appears to be a long shot.
With that said, the Houston native has indicated that he would be willing to chase Alvarez to super middleweight or even higher if need be. If the words of the 30-year-old Charlo ring true, then Hopkins would be glued to his seat from the opening bell.
In terms of who would have the advantage in the ring, Hopkins pauses and thinks for a moment before ultimately giving his answer.
“On paper, you have to give the razor edge to Canelo. This fight is so even. The experience has to go to Canelo, the achievements up until now have to go to Canelo.”
By: Hans Themistode
The big fights are easy to identify. Even the most casual fans will tune into matchups headlined by Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence Jr. or Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua. While those fights are undoubtedly huge, discussing them has become incredibly repetitive.
The sport of boxing doesn’t revolve around those obvious big fights, and more times than not, those marquee matchups either take years to materialize or fail to happen at all. The anticipation would go through the roof if Canelo Alvarez agreed to take on Jermall Charlo or if Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford came to a bout agreement. But there are a ton of other possible matches that are floating under the radar. One’s that would make fight fans and even casuals run to their television screens. Let’s take a look a look at some of them now.
Luis Ortiz vs Andy Ruiz Jr
When it comes to the heavyweight division, much of the attention is on unified champion Anthony Joshua as well as WBC/Ring magazine belt holder Tyson Fury. There is little doubt that their showdown would entertain. However, a contest between former champion Andy Ruiz Jr. (33-2, 22 KOs) and multiple time title challenger Luis Ortiz would possibly produce even more fireworks.
Both big men know how to box but more importantly, they know how to bang and enjoy doing it. Outside of his defeats to Deontay Wilder, Ortiz (32-2, 27 KOs) has never come close to losing a fight. The now 41-year-old is fresh off a first-round knockout win against Alexander Flores in early November. Ruiz Jr., on the other hand, is still searching to get back on track following his one-sided loss against Anthony Joshua in late 2019. Both men hit hard, have sturdy chins and need a big fight.
This one has fight of the year candidate written all over it.
Jermall Charlo vs Chris Eubank Jr
WBC middleweight belt holder Jermall Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) has been described in a variety of ways. Brash, brazen, loquacious and even arrogant. In many respects, so has WBA interim titlist Chris Eubank Jr.
Charlo, 30, has done his best to quiet his doubters with his most recent performance, an easier than expected win against perennial contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Eubank Jr. though, is in a similar position. Sure his world title win was a bit fortuitous considering his opponent in Mat Korobov dislocated his shoulder in the second round of their matchup, Eubank Jr. (29-2, 22 KOs) proved in his prior fight that he can not only compete with the elite but beat them convincingly. That much was proven after sending former champion James DeGale into retirement.
In terms of Charlo and Eubank Jr., both men have expressed plenty of interest in facing each other. With nothing set in stone for either man at the moment, both should look to make this showdown happen next.
Erickson Lubin vs Jarrett Hurd
Has there ever been a boring fight involving Jarrett Hurd? Of course not. The former unified Jr middleweight champion was once viewed as the class of the division. Those thoughts however, have mostly dissipated following his surprising defeat to Julian Williams in mid-2019.
Still, with only one loss plastered to his record, the Maryland native is far from done. A possible matchup with Erickson Lubin would prove just that, provided he wins.
Lubin, much like Hurd (24-1, 16 KOs), saw his stock take a considerable hit the moment his head bounced off the canvas courtesy of a Jermell Charlo left hand in 2017. He’s rebuilt himself nicely since then reeling off five straight wins. If he wanted, Lubin could sit back and await his second crack at a world title but the 25-year-old loves a good fight. Ironically enough, Hurd loves himself a good scrap as well. It’s a matchup made in boxing Heaven.
Terence Crawford vs Keith Thurman
No not Manny Pacquiao and no not Errol Spence Jr. Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) should pick a fight with former unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman. By all accounts, Spence Jr. is the top name in the division and the one Crawford should continue to lure into the ring. With that being said, Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) was Spence Jr. long before he broke into the championship mix.
The biggest wins on the Dallas native’s resume came at the expense of Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter. While they were impressive victories, Thurman took care of business against both men in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Injuries, of course, have held back the 32-year-old Thurman. And despite his loss to Pacquiao in his last ring appearance, he proved that there’s still plenty left in the tank.
Fans have grown tired of begging and groveling for a matchup between Crawford and Spence Jr. Instead, they should switch their focus and hope that Crawford faces Thurman. The former champion may have lost countless fans due to his inactivity in the ring but he’s still one of the best fighters in the world.
By: Hans Themistode
Before Canelo Alvarez is given the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the fruits of labor, he is immediately bombarded with the same tiresome questions.
After ripping away both the WBA and Ring magazine super middleweight titles from British native Callum Smith, Canelo Alvarez has a long line of competitors claiming to be the only one suitable to knock the Mexican product off his high horse. While Alvarez has spent the past two years campaigning in three separate weight classes, there simply isn’t a clear cut choice in terms of someone who would be favored to take him down.
With that being said, we’ve done our best to put together the three best options for the four division titlist to mull over for his next ring appearance.
Squeezing back down to the middleweight division seems a bit unlikely for Alvarez at this point in time. But that doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t look to head eight pounds south in the near future. If he does, the obvious name for him to face would be long time rival Gennadiy Golovkin. With two unbelievably close contests already in the books, a third would close the chapter between the two once and for all.
With that being said, at the age of 38, while he’s still great, Golovkin simply isn’t what he used to be. A matchup between the pair would more than likely result in one way traffic in favor of Alvarez. Should he take on WBC titlist Jermall Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) however, the results would be something else entirely. For Houston’s Charlo, he dwarfs Alvarez and has the sort of punching power that may deter him from bulldozing right in.
It’s a matchup that Alvarez would still be favored in, but still, Charlo would give him one helluva fight.
Just a few weeks ago, this wouldn’t have been on this list as the two were close to finalizing an agreement to face off. Yet, things fell through due to various reasons. Sure Alvarez just made easy work of the much bigger Callum Smith, but in facing Caleb Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) he would present the pound for pound star with different problems entirely.
When it comes to the 168-pound landscape, former two time world champion David Benavidez is thought to be the biggest threat to Alvarez. Yet, that just isn’t the case. The 24 year old undoubtedly has fast hands and huge power but he’s slow on his feet and comes straight ahead. Stylistically, those sorts of fighters have been easy pickings for Alvarez.
In the case of Plant, he’s much more in the mold of an Erislandy Lara, a pure boxer who gave Alvarez all sorts of trouble when the two met in 2014. Granted, Alvarez is a much different fighter now, but still, coming straight ahead against a counter puncher as good as Alvarez just doesn’t seem like the way to beat him.
Canelo Alvarez has never had an issue facing men who were bigger and stronger than he was. But, when it comes to unified light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev – he’s much bigger and much stronger then anyone Alvarez has ever faced.
In short, Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) has frightening power. When previously discussing David Benavidez and his tailor-made game for Alvarez, Beterbiev would fight him in the same manor. The difference however, is that Beterbiev isn’t the sort of fighter you want to sit in the pocket with and exchange punches with.
While this would quite possibly be the toughest fight of his career, Alvarez has already reiterated that the super middleweight division is where he feels the most comfortable. With that being said, team Canelo has also expressed a desire to face the best, and in terms of Artur Beterbiev, there gets no better than him.
By: Hans Themistode
The sole focus of IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin is mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta. Yet, for roughly three years now, Golovkin has placed all of his energy in taking on multiple division titlist Canelo Alvarez.
But with two fights shared between the pair in 2017 and 2018, fans of the long-reigning middleweight champion would like to see him step into the ring with the other notable names in the division, including WBC belt holder Jermall Charlo, WBO titlist Demetrius Andrade or to a lesser extent, a matchup with Jaime Munguia.
For promoter Eddie Hearn, discussing what’s next is difficult considering the undefeated Szeremeta, whom Golovkin will face this weekend, is as motivated as ever. Still, Hearn understands the pent up frustration that boxing fans have displayed. Rest assured, the long time promoter not only expect’s Golovkin to take on his fellow champions, but he also guaranteed it.
“The ultimate challenge that he wants to accept next is Canelo Alvarez but he’s just focused on Szeremeta,” said Hearn on a media conference call. “I believe his resume stands as the best middleweight in the world but he will fight Charlo, he will fight Munguia and he will fight Andrade if the Canelo Alvarez fight doesn’t present itself.”
At the age of 38, Golovkin would appear to be closer to the end of his career, more so than the beginning. Thoughts of him slipping came into question following his most recent bout. In what many were expecting to be a one-sided fight, Golovkin struggled mightily with perennial contender Sergey Derevyanchenko late last year. While the Kazakhstan native managed to eek out a victory, the closeness of it left fans counting the days until he decides to hang up the gloves.
The reactions following their contest though, are completely over-exaggerated according to Hearn. Not only does he believe Golovkin isn’t slowing down any time soon, but he is also under the impression that he will prove his doubters wrong in the near future.
“It was only because the Derevyanchenko fight was close that people start questioning is Gennadiy at the latter end of his career, I think not. The pleasure of working with Gennadiy Golovkin is he’ll never turn his back down on an opportunity or challenge. I think he is extremely motivated to go and fight anyone.”
Throughout the near 15 year career of Golovkin, he has carried a pen and paper as he has scratched off virtually every name on his hit list. Even at the age of 38, Golovkin’s list is still a long one. But first thing’s first, he must scratch off Szeremeta’s name before he reaches the others.
“There’s a list of fighters that he wants to fight and they do include those names. He just has to get through Friday night first.”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo has done everything in his power to get Canelo Alvarez to notice him. From putting on stellar performance after stellar performance, to flat out calling him out, Charlo has done it all.
Yet, no matter how well he performed inside of the ring, Alvarez seldom mentioned him. With that being said, trainer Eddy Reynoso has watched quietly what Charlo has done, and by all accounts, he’s been impressed with what he’s seen.
“Charlo has been rising,” said Reynoso to ESPN Deportes. “He has been advancing.”
Recently, the WBC middleweight titlist continued his unbeaten run in his second championship reign with a win over perpetual contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko in late August. The betting public was under the impression that their contest which co-headlined a Showtime Pay-Per-View, would be the most difficult contest of his career. Despite those thoughts, Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) picked Derevyanchenko apart on the night before cruising to a one sided unanimous decision victory. Following the win, Charlo kept his tradition going as he once again called for a shot against Canelo.
It’s a matchup that not only intrigues Reynoso, but he also has a date in mind as to when he would like to see it take place.
“It would be a big and important fight, but that fight has to take place next year.”
Although the two division titlist could be on the verge of having the one contest he has craved the most, with Alvarez not competing at 160 pounds in a year and a half, Reynoso believes getting down in weight could be an issue.
“I don’t think we can make 160-pounds right now after a year without fighting. These are factors that can be complicated.”
At the moment, fans of Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) would settle for watching their man spar at this point. After a 2019 that saw the 30 year old unify titles in the middleweight division before ultimately moving up two weight classes to become only the fourth Mexican born fighter to win world titles in four different weight classes, he’s sat idly on the sidelines.
His absence from the ring however, has been through no fault of his. With a pending legal battle against DAZN and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez has a long road back to the squared circle. Despite that, Reynoso is keeping him in the gym at all times just in case a fight just so happens to fall in their lap.
“We are really working as if we were going to fight,” explained Reynoso. “We have always had that criterion, you have to be in the gym for whatever comes, so we have confidence that we can do something before the end of the year. If not, well, to fight in the early months of the following year. That’s why we are active and we are working in the gym daily.”
By: Hans Themistode
From now, until seemingly the end of time, Jermall Charlo and Daniel Jacobs will continue to dislike one another.
For years both fighters have thrown verbal jab, after verbal jab. A few years ago however, the pair nearly traded in their verbal insults for punches to the jaw as the two were caught on camera having a heated discussion.
Although the two have long wanted to settle their beef either in the ring or the nearest alley, they’ve gone their separate ways. For Charlo, the 30 year old surly knockout artist is currently enjoying his most successful run as a professional. Just a few weeks ago, both he and his twin brother in Jermell, headlined the first doubleheader Pay-Per-View event. On the night, Charlo was given his toughest assignment, at least on paper, in Sergiy Derevyanchenko. The two division world champion made it look easy however as he dismantled his man.
At the moment, a matchup with Canelo Alvarez is something that he has continued to push for. But if he isn’t able to secure that showdown, then he wants to shut the mouth of Jacobs once and for all.
“If I don’t get Canelo then I want Jacobs,” said Charlo recently on Instagram live. “I want Jacobs as much as he wants me.”
For Brooklyn’s Jacobs, he’s always made it known that a matchup with Charlo is as personal as can be. With that being said, his focus is solely on Gabriel Rosado since the two will share the ring with one another on November 27th.
Outside of his loss against Canelo Alvarez at the halfway point of 2019, Jacobs has enjoyed a ton of success in the middleweight division. But with the 33 year old struggling to make the 160 pound limit, he opted to move eight pounds north to super middleweight.
A matchup isn’t out of the realm of possibility considering how badly both men want it. Yet, with the amount of trash talking that Jacobs has done over the years, Charlo believes Jacobs would suffer a cruel fate.
“Look at the percentage of when I fight black fighters that talk shit,” explained Charlo. “Think about it, look at what happens to them. I didn’t just beat their ass, I knock them the fuck out.”
It isn’t just Charlo’s vaunted power that gives him the belief that he would clean Jacobs clock with ease. Over the years, Charlo has seen Jacobs on the wrong end of a supposed beating. Whether it was his knockout loss to Dmitry Pirog back in 2010 or his experience from the amateurs, Charlo has seen Jacobs at his worst on more than one occasion.
“I watched him get knocked out in the amateurs, the pro’s all that shit. Knocked the fuck out. Shawn fucking Porter beat Danny. Keith Thurman beat the shit out of Danny Jacobs.”
By: Hans Themistode
Slowly but surely, Jamie Munguia is facing the level of competition that most have been asking for.
The one time WBO Jr middleweight titlist is coming off an eleventh round stoppage win over Gary O’Sullivan earlier this year. Currently, the Mexican native is preparing to build off that momentum when he takes on perennial contender Tureano Johnson on October 30th, in his second contest at middleweight.
A win over the long time veteran should further cement his status as a bonafide contender in the division. At the moment, Munguia (35-0, 28 KOs) is currently ranked number one in the WBO and number two in the WBC.
Houston’s Jermall Charlo presently holds the aforementioned WBC title and just dispatched his number one contender in Sergiy Derevyanchenko with ease just a few weeks ago. It was an impressive performance by Charlo. So much so that even Munguia had to give the surly champion his just due.
“I think he had an excellent fight,” said Munguia on Fight Hub TV. “He did what he had to do. He never really let Derevyanchenko answer. I know Derevyanchenko had his moments but Charlo solved that problem.”
A showdown between Charlo and Munguia has been discussed since the two held world titles at 154 pounds. But as is always the case in boxing, the business side of things stopped an actual matchup from materializing.
Despite being on opposite sides of the boxing street, if Munguia continues to pile up the victories, he doesn’t see why a matchup couldn’t take place with either Charlo or another high profile middleweight who just so happens to hold a world title as well.
“I think so, if we keep winning and I become champion then the people are going to ask for that fight. Either Charlo or Gennadiy Golovkin, I would love to have a fight with them.”
By: Hans Themistode
Daniel Jacobs, like most fighters, hates answering questions about future opponents when one is already staring him square in the face.
The Brooklyn native currently has a date with journeymen Gabe Rosado on November 27th. The two have had their differences in the past and look to put an end to their rivalry once and for all. But while the former middleweight champ has one eye Rosado, he admitted that he has another eye on someone else.
“One hundred percent,” said Jacobs when asked if he wants to fight Jermall Charlo on the Ak and Barak show. “I’m not overlooking Gabe Rosado but I have my eyes on Jermall Charlo.”
Jacobs, 33, has always wanted to put his hands on Charlo, and during a heated confrontation a few years ago between the two, he nearly did.
Just a few weeks ago, the WBC middleweight titlist pitched a near shutout against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, a man Jacobs defeated as well. For most of the former belt holder’s career, both he and Charlo shared the same division. However, he’s since moved eight pounds north to the super middleweight division. He appeared comfortable at his new weight class, dishing out the beating of a lifetime to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in late 2019.
Squeezing back down to 160 pounds is both unlikely and unnecessary for the Brooklyn native. Why should he put his body through another grueling weight cut when a deal can be worked out to placate both sides.
“From hearing things, Charlo wants to move up. I don’t see why we can’t do it at 68 or just meet in the middle. I don’t want to take him out of his circumstances where he isn’t comfortable and vice versa.”
The championship landscape at 168 pounds is one filled with big names and huge fights. But when questioned about possibly facing anyone else, Jacobs (36-3, 30 KOs) simply paused before cracking a huge smile.
“I want to fight Charlo. I won’t even say anybody else name.”
Whether it’s a matchup with Charlo or a current titleholder at 168 pounds, all of those possibilities will fall by the wayside should Jacobs fall short against Rosado on November 27th.
A possible future fight against Charlo is sure to get the blood of fight fans pumping, something he can’t say about his matchup with Rosado. Despite that, the Brooklyn native is asking for his fans to be patient. The big fights will come the moment he takes care of business next month.
“Let me just get this little knucklehead out of the way. I know people aren’t to hype about this one but I know it’s going to be a competitive fight.”