By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – Ideally, Jermall Charlo would love to challenge Gennady Golovkin for middleweight supremacy in his next fight.
Charlo, the mandatory challenger for Golovkin’s WBC 160-pound championship, realizes that he is much more likely to face another opponent next because Golovkin is expected to fight Canelo Alvarez again September 15.
The newly crowned WBC interim middleweight champion probably will take on a less imposing opponent when he returns to the ring late in the summer.
Charlo revealed adviser Al Haymon has mentioned he could come back in August against an undetermined opponent in his hometown of Houston.
“I was promised [a fight] in August, so probably August in my hometown,” Charlo said following his impressive second-round demolition of Hugo Centeno Jr. on Saturday night in Brooklyn. “Maybe take a nice little – another fight. I wanna stay active because I don’t want anybody to think that I’m not training, I’m not working. So I wanna keep fighting. I wanna deliver the fans some more explosive fights, some more explosive knockouts while I’ve got that window of opportunity right here. So I’m ready.”
When asked if top middleweights like Golovkin, Alvarez, WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders or Daniel Jacobs will want to fight a young, dangerous challenger who’s knocking out opponents, Charlo was diplomatic.
“Hey, I’m not a matchmaker, I’m not a promoter or a manager or any of that,” Charlo said. “I’m an active fighter. I fight for a living. That’s what I do. I’ll fight whoever. I’ll fight Canelo, if that’s what they want me to do. I’m No. 1 in the world right now. I just moved up to middleweight. This is my second fight at middleweight. I’m going for No. 3. Look, I’m ready.”
The 27-year-old Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) and his twin brother, WBC super welterweight champ Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs), have been asking Haymon to headline cards in Houston since they became world champions. Jermall Charlo, a former IBF junior middleweight champ, hasn’t fought in Houston since March 2012.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.