Though most observers accept Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is a considerable favourite in his upcoming super middleweight world title defence against Jermell Charlo, there are plenty in the sport who give the American a chance.
And one of those is former two weight world champion and Hall of Famer, Bernard Hopkins.
In a recent interview with FightHype, Hopkins explained that he thinks the fight could be a “nightmare” for the Mexican, who he believes will have to stop Charlo early in order to win the fight.
“His style is totally different from the styles that Canelo has fought. [Charlo is] younger, more determined to prove that Canelo’s time has been great, but it’s up.”
I just believe that Canelo will have to get him out of there early. The later the fight goes, the more Canelo will start showing not only his age, but he’ll start showing the success he’s been enjoying for so long is starting to look different.”
“I see hard earned, skilful moments in that fight where [Charlo], who wants to prove himself, will come out and show us something that we knew he had but he’s never had to show it till he steps in with Canelo.”
“Canelo elevates Charlo. I just think he has the skills, and if he maintains that mentality it can be really a nightmare for Canelo, based on style.”
Canelo and Charlo are both currently 33-years-old, but the Mexican has had 63 pro fights to the American’s 37.
The mouth watering clash will take place at the T-Mobile Arena on September 30 and will be the first time two reigning undisputed male champions have faced off in the four belt era.
The fight is the first of a three fight agreement between Alvarez and Al Haymon’s PBC, with the likes of David Benavidez and Demetrius Andrade all in the running for future showdowns – even Charlo’s twin brother, Jermall.