Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez is set to kick off a three-fight deal with PBC by defending his undisputed super middleweight title against Jermall Charlo – and Mike Tyson has had his say on whether or not he will remain champion.
Canelo was in discussions to face Jermall Charlo – the heavier twin – but ended up signing to face Jermell, who’s known affectionately as ‘little Charlo.’
Currently undisputed in the 154lbs ranks, the American will jump up two divisions for the fight. He added the final belt to his collection in May of 2022 with a knockout of Brian Castano after the pair fought to a draw one year prior.
Canelo returned from a light heavyweight loss at the hands of Dmitry Bivol to defend his belts twice over the last twelve months – first in a trilogy bout with Gennady Golovkin and second in a homecoming affair with the UK’s John Ryder.
Former undisputed heavyweight champion, Tyson, believes the Mexican will keep his belts once more against Charlo. Speaking to ES News, he opted for Canelo to win due to his power at the weight.
“I think Canelo should beat him. Over power him.”
With that said, ‘Iron’ Mike has noticed Canelo’s lack of head movement, referencing an unnamed recent opponent – perhaps Dmitry Bivol or even John Ryder, who did have some success.
“But Canelo’s not moving his head nowhere. That other guy was hitting him. And that gave him the confidence, he believes he can hit Canelo.”
Underdog Charlo is confident of upsetting the odds, and is on record as saying the Mexican’s last performance was ‘s**t.’ Fans will see if that belief in himself carries any weight come fight night on September 30 in Las Vegas.