Jermell Charlo chases greatness with rare ‘leapfrog’ challenge with Canelo Alvarez – The Ring

Canelo Alvarez and Jermell Charlo face off after Los Angeles reporters for a showdown on Sept. 30. Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Jermail Charlo and his twin brother Jurmall are known for their fierce and hostile nature in their media work. But the junior middleweight champion was grateful and respected at the opening press conference for his Sept. 30 bout against Canelo Alvarez in New York City on Tuesday. And the 33-year-old Houston native maintained the same energy for the Los Angeles-area media on Wednesday.

“When I was called up to this fight There’s nothing to say but ‘let’s go,’” Charlo said as he turned his back to the podium at The Beverly Hilton. “My whole career has been about chasing Canelo. The battle presents itself now. And I just had to get in there. Do my duty and do the best you can.

“After September 30, people will appreciate my skills and what I’ve been doing since I was a kid. in every fight I came to show And I’m dangerous throughout the fight. I want to be known as the great.”

If Charlo beats the Mexican superstar he will have his wish fulfilled Charlo is skipping middleweight to challenge the uncontested Super Middleweight Champion. It is very difficult for a World Champion to jump across all divisions and beat a World Champion in the heavier weight divisions. Ruiz as the WBA Heavyweight Champion as the reigning Light Heavyweight Champion

It is even more difficult for an undisputed champion to jump across weight classes to beat a heavier undisputed champion. Henry Armstrong did 85 years ago (back in the days when There are only eight weight divisions) when he pointed out welterweight champion Barney Ross as the featherweight champion.

That’s boxing history and the all-time great company if Charlo manages to get the job done against Canelo in the main event of Showtime PPV from T-Mobile Arena.

10 world championship belts were displayed during the press conference of Canelo-Charlo But only five of Alvarez’s 168-pound belts will take part on Sept. 30. Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime.

Texas are underdogs, but more than a few fans and insiders have given him a chance to draw some frustration over Alvarez’ recent performance. The 33-year-old veteran watched pedestrians score a unanimous decision over Gennadiy Golovkin and John Ryder after he lost points to Dmitry Bivol last May. Many believed that Alvarez had passed his peak and might be ripe for a capture.

“We’re going to see if it’s true that I took the wrong step,” Alvarez said when press conference host Brian Custer offered popular opinion.

“We’ll see. I understand what people say and I agree. I haven’t looked my best in the last two fights. But I know why and I’m ready for this fight. We’ll see what happens. We are about to see something different.

“I always say outside of the ring. I look like an easy opponent. But when a fighter steps into the ring with me It was completely different. Watching me from outside the ring is not the same as actually being in the ring with me. I’m a different man

“I will do my best as always. I will bring my skills and experience into the ring. I just do my best and that’s it.”

Charlo says he’s up for the challenge.

“He’ll call me a big Charlo. i am what i say Canelo can see that I have good punching power. good lateral movement And I’m a commander just like he is. He would see that it would not be a walk in the garden. He said he will get better in this fight. and for me the same

“I’m going to bring the Texas heat. I will show up and show I will have fun and do what I do. This is what I love to do. I will represent the culture and perform.”

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