If push comes to shove, middleweight titleholder Jermall Charlo would have no problem hiking up to the 168-pound division to take on newly minted super middleweight titleholder and boxing kingpin Canelo Alvarez.
“I’m not going to 168. Canelo gotta come to 160, man,” Charlo said at first on an Instagram Live session shortly after Alvarez cruised to a lopsided decision over Callum Smith at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas last Saturday. Then, apparently in a change of heart, Charlo added, “F--k it, I’ll go to 168. I gotta get the fight.”
Charlo (31-0, 22 KO), who was last seen in the ring outpointing a game Sergiy Derevyanchenko in a middleweight title defense in September, also made it clear that he had never previously received a contract to face Alvarez. Multiple outlets reported in the past that Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez’s former promoter, had sent Charlo a formal offer to face Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs). Charlo insisted that he had never received so much as a phone call.
“Canelo never gave me no contract,” he said. “I never got a contract from Oscar De La Hoya, never a call. It’s irrelevant. Never got a contract from none of them I never turned down no contract…f--k out of here.
“We ain’t scared of nobody. Ya’ll tripping. America need a new champ. America need a new swag god. Y’all still on that old sh-t. C’mon, man. Grow up. Canelo never gave me no contract. I ain’t ever ducked Canelo.”
Given that Alvarez is now a promotional free agent, there is a stronger likelihood that a potential Alvarez-Charlo fight could happen down the line, although it appears from interviews that Alvarez is more interested in pursuing other titles at the 168-pound limit. Caleb Plant (20-0, 12 KOs), who, like Charlo, is represented by Al Haymon and his Premier Boxing Champions outfit, is someone Alvarez has expressed deep interest in facing.
For now, Charlo wants to dispel all talk that he turned down Alvarez as heresy.
“Why would I do some sh-t like that that would put my whole family up?” he said. “Like I’ve been training my whole life, why would I duck a fight with Canelo? Ya’ll stupid as f--k.”