David Morrell Jr. hasn't quite climbed all the way up the super middleweight ladder just yet but he’s certainly on his way. For the former amateur star, although he lacks in the experience department, he believes that he’s skillful enough to face the best of the best, including Canelo Alvarez.
Following wins over Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders, and Caleb Plant, Alvarez wrapped all four world titles around his waist, crowning himself as an undisputed champion. That was then, however. This is now.
Whenever he can, Morrell (9-0, 8 KOs) drops what he’s doing, grabs the nearest seat he can find, and parks himself directly in front of the television set whenever Alvarez is on his screen. Nowadays, the 25-year-old squints to make sense of what he’s watching. Although he looks the same physically, Morrell doesn’t believe that the version of Alvarez that fights today is the same from just a few years ago.
“Canelo is different from the Canelo of three years ago,” Morrell told 210 Boxing TV.
While he hated to admit it, even Alvarez (59-2-2, 39 KOs) recently acknowledged that he hasn’t looked like the smooth, hard-hitting star that picked up world titles in four separate weight classes as of late. Come September 30th, nevertheless, the Mexican luminary promised to prove that he hasn’t lost a step. With that said, considering that his opponent, Jermell Charlo, who competes naturally at 154, Morrell has a hard time believing what Alvarez has recently said.
At the moment, the super middleweight division is jam-packed with high-quality names, well-known, and worthy fighters. Morrell though, is curious as to why Charlo was given the call as opposed to himself or someone else in the division.
After giving it a bit of thought, Morrell believes he knows why Charlo was given the unexpected shot in the first place.
“Canelo doesn’t want to fight anyone dangerous.”