El mexicano anuncia la pelea para el 30 de septiembre tras haberse especulado que pelearía con el hermano gemelo de Jermell, Jermall Charlo
Canelo Álvarez has announced through his social media channels his upcoming fight. He will face Jermell Charlo in Las Vegas on September 30th. This will be the first of three fights that the Mexican boxer committed to as part of his agreement with Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) in exchange for $100 million. Prior to this announcement, there were speculations that Canelo would fight Jermell's twin brother, Jermall Charlo, the world champion in the super welterweight division.
The unified super middleweight champion will face a formidable opponent who is the undisputed champion in the light middleweight division and has won 35 out of his 37 fights. Hence the slogan used to promote the fight: Undisputed against undisputed.
Canelo Álvarez, 32 years old, boasts 59 victories, 39 of which were knockouts, along with two defeats and two draws. He retained his titles through a unanimous decision against British boxer John Ryder in May. Charlo, 33 years old, has been inactive for two years, with his last fight taking place in June 2021 against Mexican boxer Juan Macías.
"David Benavidez is the official challenger, that is not being overlooked, but the time for the official defense has not been determined yet. That's why 'Canelo' has the opportunity to have a previous fight; he has earned that right," explained Mauricio Sulaimán, the president of the World Boxing Council (WBC).
Sulaimán likened the upcoming fight between 'Canelo' and Charlo to the historic bout in 1990 between Julio César Chávez and American boxer Meldrick Taylor. Chávez emerged victorious with a knockout in the final round. "It will be a fight as historic as the one Chávez and Taylor had. That Mexico-United States combination is always special; 'Canelo' is the best pound-for-pound fighter, and Charlo is undefeated. It will be great for both of them and for boxing in general," stated the WBC president.