WBO Welterweight champion, Terence Crawford, has picked a clear winner in the upcoming undisputed super-middleweight showdown between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Jermell Charlo.
Canelo was linked to a fight with Jermall Charlo, twin brother of Jermell, this summer but instead signed up to fight his twin – and current undisputed super-welterweight champion – in a shocking turn of events.
As a result, the first ever mens undisputed versus undisputed clash of the four-belt era is set to take place in two month’s time, with ‘little’ Charlo stepping up two weight-classes to challenge one of boxing’s most feared champions.
‘Iron Man’ Charlo claimed the fourth of his 154lbs titles in May 2022 when he knocked out Brian Castano in the best performance of his career sixteen months after the pair fought to a draw.
Excusing that draw, this means that Charlo has knocked out his last four opponents after having a less than 50% KO ratio previous to the run. With his newfound power, he believes that he is capable of taking on the bigger, more powerful figures in the sport.
In an interview with Fight Hype, ‘Bud’ Crawford believes that won’t help.
He disregarded any chances of Charlo pulling off the upset, believing that Canelo’s physical advantages will prove to be too much for his fellow American, as well as silencing any suggestions of him moving up to super-middleweight in the future.
“168 pounds? I ain’t going up there. Definitely [Canelo Wins]. If they’re fighting at 168 pounds, definitely.”
Before he can consider moving up at all, Crawford must first face Errol Spence Jr for the undisputed welterweight title, in a bout that can be watched live on Sky Sports on Saturday July 29 in the UK and on Showtime PPV in the States.
Meanwhile, Canelo will make the second defence of his undisputed 168lb crown against Charlo on September 30 in Las Vegas, also on Showtime, with further details set to be announced in due course.