As impressive as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was against Jermell Charlo in Las Vegas this past weekend, most pundits were underwhelmed by the American’s efforts.
Though Charlo scaled two weight classes and was a clear underdog against Alvarez, there was a contingent of observers picking him to spring the upset and most at least believed he would cause the undisputed super middleweight champion problems at some point.
This did not prove to be the case, however, as the Guadalajara icon cruised to a comfortable unanimous decision, pitching a near shutout on all three judges’ scorecards.
Former world champion Paulie Malignaggi did not hold back in his assessment of ‘Iron Man’s performance, claiming on social media that he simply showed up for the money and did not make a “committed effort” to try and win the fight.
“Charlo hasn’t made a committed effort to try to win this fight all night. He showed up for a check and is fighting like a guy more focused on not getting hurt than he is to win”
Charlo hasn't made a committed effort to try to win this fight all night. He showed up for a check and is fighting like a guy more focused on not getting hurt than he is to win #canelocharlo
— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) October 1, 2023
It remains unclear what Charlo’s next move will be, though one would imagine a move back down to super welterweight, where he still holds three world titles, would be the preferred choice.
As for ‘Canelo,’ he proved to his considerable number of doubters that he is still every inch an elite fighter, and looks set for at least one mega fight in 2024.
In the eyes of most fans, this should be against WBC interim world champion David Benavidez, who has long been considered Alvarez’ toughest available test at 168lbs.