Matchroom Promoter, Eddie Hearn, has made his prediction ahead of the upcoming ‘undisputed versus undisputed’ showdown between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Jermell Charlo, as the Mexican defends his four super-middleweight titles for a third time.
Many feel Canelo has looked below-par in three successive contests against Dmitry Bivol, Gennadiy Golovkin and John Ryder, failing to record a stoppage and picking up a first loss in almost nine years.
Now, he faces Charlo, who is coming off the back of a career-best performance against Brian Carlos Castano, stopping the Argentinian and becoming the undisputed super-welterweight champion.
Charlo will be jumping up two weight-divisions in order to take on the pound-for-pound star, with a win sure to thrust him into superstardom and set up a showdown with Terence Crawford, who has revealed his intentions to jump up three weight-divisions and challenge the winner.
This will be just the second Canelo fight since 2019 where Hearn has not been involved in the promotion, with the Caleb Plant undisputed contest being his only absence from Alvarez’s last seven outings.
Nevertheless, he showed his support for the 168lbs king, tipping him to end his run of three bouts without a knockout win in an interview with Boxing Social.
“Canelo Alvarez, by late stoppage.”
Hearn went on to say that he would like his own fighter to land the Canelo fight next, as opposed to rumoured battles with the likes of Terence Crawford, David Benavidez or a rematch with Dmitry Bivol.
“[I want] Edgar Berlanga [next], [it could happen] who knows in this crazy world.”
Canelo-Charlo will take place on September 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, in one of the standout events of the year.