Former WBC Heavyweight Champion, Deontay Wilder, has revealed his prediction ahead of this weekend’s undisputed super-middleweight title clash between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and the current super-welterweight king, Jermell Charlo.
Canelo has said that he wants this fight to prove that he is still the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet following a trifecta of below-par displays over the last eighteen months.
The Mexican superstar picked up his first defeat in almost nine years last May, losing out to Dmitry Bivol in the light-heavyweight division, before back-to-back underwhelming points victories against Gennady Golovkin and John Ryder at 168 – two bouts that many fans expected to end in stoppage.
Meanwhile, Charlo enters the ring as undisputed super-welterweight champion off a career-best win against Brian Castano, although the two-division jump up in weight remains a mammoth task.
In an interview with K.O. Artist Sports, Wilder explained that Charlo’s desire for greatness could prove to be enough on the night.
“I’ve got high confidence in Charlo, it’s going to be a good one though. I got confidence in both of them though, no matter how shady that sounds. Both of them have different techniques and power when it comes to the boxing game, but I think that it’s going to be a great fight overall.”
“If I was leaning, I’d lean a little bit more towards Charlo. They’ve been wanting this so bad, a lot of people have been wanting Canelo so bad, this is the moment in time for them to prove themselves now that they have him.
With that being said, I think that Charlo is going to really grind out and want this because if he does win, this is going to be a defining moment in his career, being able to beat someone like Canelo.”
Canelo-Charlo takes place this Saturday, live on DAZN in the United Kingdom and Showtime PPV in the US.