Jose Benavidez Sr. Outraged By Jermall Charlo Missing Weight
The pair are on course to face each other in a bout at 163 pounds. During the course of that process, both fighters hit the scales. Charlo, however, weighed 164.6 pounds. Thereafter, after going away, Charlo came back and weighed heavier at 164.66 pounds. But given that Benavidez Jr. weighed in at 161.2 pounds, it did not look good when it came to Charlo’s return to the sport. The American has not fought in over two years, which is why it was not the ideal preparation. Although that may be the case, the fight will still go ahead as planned. But in response to this, Benavidez Sr. had this to say.
Benavidez Sr. On Charlo
“I’m upset because we had a contract at 160 to fight Jose Benavidez against Charlo. We agreed to that, then they came out three weeks later, and they couldn’t do the weight,” said Jose Benavidez Sr. to Fighthype, reacting to Jermall Charlo coming in 3.4 lbs over the 163-lb catchweight limit for his fight against Jose Benavidez. It’s a lot of money. I can’t say how much, but I did that so he doesn’t do it again, and hopefully, he learns from this,” Benavidez Sr. said
Nevertheless, this does raise other questions. Is Charlo in a postion to seriously make a return to the sport, given that he does have his WBC middleweight title? And since the weight for the division is 160 pounds, the current weight shows that the American may struggle to make it. In addition to this, it may mean that Charlo ends up moving to super middleweight rather than face his mandatory at 160. Carlos Adames has been waiting to face the American for more than two years, which is why the weight issue could become a serious concern. Outside of that, Benavidez Sr. made it clear that he was intent on calling off the fight, given the difference in weight.
The Fight Goes Ahead
“Junior came out at 161. That’s a lot. He wants to do it, and I’m here to support him. I’m here for whatever he wants. If it was for me, I would cancel that. Junior trained so hard and is super motivated. We were sparring a guy that is a cruiserweight. So that’s why I have the confidence, and that’s why I said, ‘Let’s do it. He’s scared. I think he was trying to find a way out. He didn’t know he got himself into a dangerous fight,” Benavidez Sr. stated
Ultimately, Charlo faces a critical period in this fight. The failure to win and put in a good performance will rule out fights with Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant moving forward. With that being said, there could be calls on Charlo to walk away from the sport, given that his relevancy would be no more. Time will tell come fight night.
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