Jermell Charlo has taken some flack for his showing against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on Saturday night, with many stating he didn’t show ambition to win the fight and was more concerned about merely making it to the final bell.
Oscar De La Hoya, never shy in offering his opinion on anything to do with Alvarez, has stuck the boot in on Charlo’s performance, claiming the American simply “showed up for a pay cheque.”
Speaking to ESNews, the Golden Boy Boss did not hold back.
“Canelo vs Charlo was a super boring fight, I mean he just showed up for a pay cheque. Canelo, like I said, was on quick sand just throwing bombs, he won easy.”
“If we want boxing to survive, if we want boxing to thrive, we need super fights – all the time. Fighters must fight each other, we have to come together. Promoters; Eddie Hearn, Al Haymon, Bob Arum – whoever’s out there. I’m calling you out!”
Charlo moved up two full weight classes for a shot at Alvarez’ undisputed super middleweight crown, after twin brother Jermall withdrew from the negotiation process at the final hour.
Though he was always an underdog against the Mexican, most were predicting a much better showing than he produced at the T-Mobile Arena.
As for ‘Canelo,’ he looks set for further big fights in 2024, with WBC interim super middleweight champion David Benavidez the name being called for by most fans.
Also in the offing could be a fight with undisputed welterweight world champion Terence Crawford, who stated he would be willing to move up three weight classes for the fight.