Arum Backs Canelo To Beat Charlo, Charlo On Greatness And More

November 15, 2023
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Bob Arum has backed Canelo Alvarez to easily overcome Jermell Charlo.

The Mexican is the heavy favorite, as Charlo will fight above 154 pounds for the first time in his career. This will require him to move up two weight divisions in order to make it happen.

Although the extra weight is something that Charlo has dismissed as a concern, Arum thought otherwise. The Top Rank promoter admitted that Canelo would simply have too much since he is a seasoned 168-pounder, who is essentially the best at super middleweight.

Arum On Charlo

“Canelo will beat him easy. Charlo is nothing. Little Charlo is nothing. Canelo will beat him easy. Charlo is nothing. Little Charlo is nothing. Canelo will probably knock him out in the sixth or seventh round. This fight has been in the making for five years. This fight has been talked about for a long time, but this is the perfect moment,” Alvarez

Charlo’s Fans

However, if Jermell can pull off a huge upset, then it would open up the division at 168. A fight with Terence Crawford could become a reality, as Bud targets becoming undisputed in a third weight class.

Meanwhile, David Benavidez may finally get his chance to fight for a world title. After all, the latter’s father is hoping for a Charlo win due to Alvarez’s reluctance to face his son.

“I’m wishing & I’m hoping that [Jermell] Charlo will win. That’s a better fight that might happen. I think that fight is more realistic to be done. I don’t see that fight happening with David. That fight is not going to happen. Canelo said that a lot of people are saying that his career is inclining.

“The man has done so much and put in a lot of hard work in the gym, and that’s when people get worn out in training camps. I think that David is too young for him, too strong for him, and he knows that, and he doesn’t want to lose to him. That’s why he doesn’t want to give him the opportunity. I don’t think that fight is going to happen, and he’s right about that. So, we got to continue fighting all these other guys,” Benavidez Sr.

Charlo On Greatness

Despite this being the case, Charlo has promised to show the boxing community what he is made of as he gears up for the biggest fight of his career.

The two will face off on September 30th, 2023, in a battle of two undisputed champions. Although the narrative running into the fight is that Canelo will prove too strong and powerful for Charlo, the latter has vowed to show why he will be remembered as a great.

“I think they gonna appreciate my skills and what I been doing for so long as a kid. They gonna know that every fight I come to put on a helluva show but I’m also dangerous. “People will be mixed with emotions and calling me great. I want to be known as great after this,” Charlo


In reality, it is a no-lose situation. Charlo is the massive underdog, so therefore, a defeat would do nothing to damage his legacy which stands in good stead due to his achievements at 154.

Not only that, but Charlo may have another chance of a big fight if he does end up facing Terence Crawford. So for now, Charlo has plenty of things going in his favour.

Nevertheless, there will be a question of how much punishment Charlo could end up receiving. Fighters have shown in the past that they are never the same once they move up multiple divisions.

Kell Brook had shown that when the former IBF champion moved up two weight classes to face GGG. Thereafter, the move back down to 147 backfired as he lost his title to Errol Spence Jr.

But in order to chase history, Charlo is making all the right moves. But the question will remain if this was a calculated risk, or simply a move too far.

Only Charlo can answer those questions, which is why the fight will no doubt offer up an intriguing dynamic. You can stay up-to-date with the latest happenings in the world of boxing and MMA by visiting boxingblitz right here.