Jermall Charlo finally returned to action late on November 25. Having had a long layoff from boxing, Charlo marked his return dominantly. As such, he is now eyeing a fight against the super middleweight king, Canelo Alvarez.
Recently, ‘Hitman‘ marked his return after 29 months against Jose Benavidez Jr. In what was an exceptionally dominant and one-sided performance from Charlo, he showed the world what he is still capable of. Despite missing weight and reportedly only having trained for a few weeks, the fight went ahead. Arguably, Charlo’s clash with Benavidez Jr. was even more hyped than the David Benavidez vs. Demetrius Andrade fight.
Following his victory, Charlo weighed up his options for the next fight, including Canelo. Having been scheduled to fight Canelo Alvarez in the past, Jermall had a few things to say. “I was originally gonna fight Canelo, I got the offer, I got the call, but it was something that my brother had talked about, and we spoke, terms were good and at that time”.
Further, Charlo added, “I wasn’t mentally prepared or ready to even make my transition into boxing so why not let my brother seize the moment?” Unfortunately, due to his own struggles, Jermall was unable to prepare himself for the big fight. Instead, his younger twin, Jermell Charlo, took on Canelo whilst moving up two weight classes.
Jermall Charlo tells Canelo Alvarez he’s nothing like his brother Jermell
Unfortunately, Jermell Charlo was made to look like an amateur on the night by the Mexican champ. Thus, the younger twin had seemingly bitten off more than he could chew. Despite the loss, there were many positives to take for ‘Iron Man’, who believed that not getting finished by Canelo Alvarez was a victory in itself.
As for Jermall, there were problems behind the scenes, leading him to take time away from the sport. Now, returning after more than two years away, “The Future of Boxing” showed why he was once considered an opponent for Canelo. Having brushed off the ring rust, it appears as though he is ready to pick up where he left off.
In the post-fight press conference after his win, Jermall also sent a warning to the 33-year-old Mexican. “Pick me. It’s (going to be) a whole different twin whenever he (Canelo) fights me. I’m not bashing nothing my brother did but he dared to be great, jumping up two weight classes”.
Additionally, he said, “Technically, that was my time to shine but I wouldn’t have felt as good going into that fight like I did tonight”. Interestingly, Charlo pointed out that it was a fight that he would now be motivated for.
Coming into his fight against Benavidez, many felt as though Jermall Charlo was lacking his edge. Thus, he also went on to claim that he lacked effort and still managed to dominate his opponent. With that said, Jermall will have to up the ante if and when he gets to fight Canelo Alvarez. One of the best boxers of our time, Charlo will need to be the best he’s ever been to hold a candle to the Mexican king.