Junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo admits that he certainly felt the extra weight in his loss to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
On Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Charlo suffered the second defeat of his pro career when he was dropped and dominated by Canelo, who retained the undisputed crown at super middleweight.
Charlo moved up in weight by two full divisions to take the fight. He also lost the WBO title in going forward with the bout, as Tim Tszyu was elevated to full champion once Charlo stepped in the ring.
The judges scored the bout as one-way action, with tallies of 119-109, 118-109 and 118-109.
Canelo (60-2-2, 39 KOs) was pressing forward for nearly the entire contest, with Charlo (35-2-1, 19 KOs) unable to turn the tide.
“I just felt like I wasn’t me in there,” said Charlo. “I don’t make excuses for myself, so it is what it is. I take my punches and roll with it. It’s boxing. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose."
During the seventh round, a two punch combination sent Charlo down for only the second time in his pro career. He was able to recover and continued the fight until the final bell without ever finding himself in serious trouble.
Canelo dominated the CompuBox stats as well as the scorecards, owning a 134 to 71 advantage in total punches landed, including an impressive 42 body shots.
“Truthfully, I could feel the difference in the weight. I picked up 14 pounds. I am undisputed in my weight division. You fall short sometimes, but you just have to keep on pushing. My roll don’t stop right here. I’m proud of myself. He hit me with some hard shots. I thought I got mine off. I’m the little Charlo and I represent that," Charlo said.