WBC Middleweight Champion, Jermall Charlo, was strongly expected to face undisputed super-middleweight king, Canelo Alvarez, but to the surprise of many, it was announced last month that his brother, Jermell, would face the Mexican.
The undefeated 160lber has now responded to critics and revealed that he ‘gave’ the fight to his twin.
After failing to reach a deal with Dmitry Bivol, Canelo Alvarez’s search for a second bout of the year seemed to come to an end, with reports suggesting he would face Jermall Charlo, who has been out of the ring since June 2021.
Meanwhile, Jermell Charlo was expected to take on Tim Tszyu in a defence of his four super-welterweight titles, after their proposed January clash was cancelled due to an injury to the champion.
In a surprising turn of events, it was revealed that Canelo would instead face the undisputed 154lber titlist, in what will be the first ever showdown between two four-belt champions in the history of men’s boxing.
On his Instagram live, the inactive Jermall denied suggestions that he ducked a contest with Canelo, instead revealing that he had signed a contract for the fight but stepped aside to give his brother the opportunity and so they can ‘both get paid’.
“I’ll tell you the real stuff. I signed a contract with Canelo too, but I gave it to my brother first so we both make money. We’re going to both make money.
I didn’t really want to go on a live, but I gave the fight to my f***ing brother, okay? Y’all are mad at me? I gave the fight to my brother. Let my brother fight, my brother got to go up two weight-classes.
I want to fight the motherf***er, but it is what is it.”
Canelo Alvarez will make a third defence of his undisputed throne against Jermell Charlo, on September 30thin Las Vegas, with a venue and U.K. broadcaster yet to be confirmed.