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Jermall Charlo Not Frustrated WBC Hasn't Mandated Canelo Fight

By Keith Idec

Fourteen months after winning the WBC’s interim middleweight title, Jermall Charlo appears no closer to getting a shot at that sanctioning organization’s real 160-pound championship.

Gennadiy Golovkin owned the WBC middleweight title when Charlo knocked out Hugo Centeno Jr. in the second round of their April 2018 bout to win its interim championship. Canelo Alvarez won the WBC’s 160-pound championship from Golovkin in their rematch nine months ago.

Alvarez has won two fights since taking that title from Golovkin – once at super middleweight versus Rocky Fielding and once in a middleweight title unification fight against Daniel Jacobs.


The Mexican superstar is expected to return to the ring September 14, perhaps in a third fight against Golovkin. Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) and Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KOs) both have signed nine-figure contracts with DAZN, which seemingly should make their third fight relatively easy to put together for that streaming service.

Even if their third fight doesn’t happen September 14, Charlo, who fights on Showtime and FOX for Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, isn’t considered a potential opponent for Alvarez for that bout. Charlo, who’ll box Brandon Adams on Saturday night, said during a conference call Tuesday that he isn’t bothered by continuing to wait for his shot at the true WBC middleweight title.

“It’s definitely not frustrating,” said Charlo, who previously has stated his desire to fight Alvarez. “I’m living the best life I can possibly live right now. I’m young, I’m very healthy, I have my family, I have my closest friends, I have my trainer, Ronnie Shields. We’ll handle the situations as they come. Right now, we’re focused on Brandon Adams. I’m locked, I’m loaded, I’m ready. I’m ready to put on the best performance I have in me.”

The 29-year-old Charlo (28-2, 21 KOs) will defend what’s supposed to be a temporary title for a second time when he squares off against Adams (21-2, 13 KOs). Their scheduled 12-round, 160-pound title fight will headline Showtime’s tripleheader Saturday night from NRG Arena in Houston, Charlo’s hometown.

Showtime’s telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a 12-round WBA featherweight eliminator that’ll match Mexico’s Eduardo Ramirez (22-1-3, 9 KOs) against the Dominican Republic’s Claudio Marrero (23-3, 17 KOs). In the following televised fight, Erickson Lubin (20-1, 15 KOs), of Orlando, Florida, will face France’s Zakaria Attou (29-6-2, 7 KOs) in a 12-round, 154-pound WBC elimination match.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Fire4231 on 06-27-2019

[QUOTE=Frankie2Jabs;19863053]Lol. Stopped reading here. You do realize how BIG Jermall Charlo is?! Did Jermall knock out Trout? Did Jermall knock out Korobov? Bruh... easy work..[/QUOTE] Sigh... we are going to help you shake that cracky avoidance emotion. Time to be…

Comment by Fire4231 on 06-27-2019

[QUOTE=AKAcronym;19863003]Can't argue that. I do think of those 3 fights, that the Charlo fight wasn't as close as the other 2. And as to that last part, once I've watched the fight live, I'll try to watch it in another…

Comment by Al Broker on 06-27-2019

[QUOTE=Fire4231;19862949]Excuse me bro is the new strategy to put so much hypocrisy and dribble in a spin statement that one would have to write forever to address it? If so goal achieved. WTF award goes to... Broski who cares whose…

Comment by AKAcronym on 06-27-2019

[QUOTE=Fire4231;19862976]I guess we all see what we want to see in a close fight. And yes each fight mentioned was close so I am not arguing a preference. But it’s interesting how a man’s fan will exaggerate and emphasize a…

Comment by Fire4231 on 06-27-2019

[QUOTE=AKAcronym;19862903]Charlo should have lost to korobov. Canelo/Lara was much closer and no GGG shouldn't have absolutely lost. 5 rounds for Danny, at best. One of those fights where just because the guy did better than expected, doesn't mean he wins.[/QUOTE]…

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