Jermell Charlo has come under heavy criticism for his performance against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez this past weekend, with many pundits stating he never truly tried to win the fight and was more concerned about simply surviving.
Should Charlo decide to return to light middleweight, where he still holds three of the four world titles, a unification bout with recently anointed WBO world champion Tim Tszyu would be one of, if not the most, called for match ups.
Paulie Malignaggi has weighed in with his assessment on a fight between Charlo and Tszyu – and does not hold out much hope for his countryman.
Speaking on his YouTube channel Paulie TV, Malignaggi stated he believes the Austrailian would stop Charlo, whom he described as “not a hungry fighter.”
“Instead of getting Crawford, he [Charlo] should now have to fight Tim Tszyu after that performance. And if he beats Tim Tszyu, then maybe he can get Crawford.”
“But I don’t think Jermell Charlo is hungry, and getting this 20 million racks is going to make him less hungry. I think if he fights Tim Tszyu, Tim Tszyu knocks him out. Jermell at his best was world class, but this is not a hungry fighter.”
“This is not a guy who wants to fight, this is a guy who wants to steal the bank and who is looking for a free cheque.”
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