« Mexican boxing champion Canelo Alvarez and US junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo headed to weigh-in on Friday ahead of the decisive bout where Alvarez will defend his undisputed titles in a highly-anticipated showdown at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Alvarez, a veteran superstar in the sport, will enter the ring on Saturday after his recent performances have fallen short of his usual dazzling standards.
Despite Charlo (35-1-1) being the one moving up in weight, he boasts a significant height advantage, standing 4 inches taller than Alvarez, who is 5-foot-8 and possesses a 2 1/2-inch reach advantage.
Alvarez, 33, faced a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Dmitrii Bivol last year when he attempted to move up to the light heavyweight division. Subsequent underwhelming performances include a unanimous decision win in his trilogy fight against an ageing Gennady Golovkin and a laborious points victory over Britain’s John Ryder in May.
These displays have sparked discussions about whether Alvarez (59-2-2, 39 knockouts) might be on the decline and vulnerable to undisputed junior middleweight champion Charlo (35-1-1, 19 knockouts), who is moving up two weight divisions, from 154 pounds to Alvarez’s preferred 168 pounds, to vie for the Mexican’s IBF, WBA, WBC, and WBO super middleweight belts.
« It is very special for me to be with you… on Saturday, you’re going to see something awesome », Alvarez promised to his fans.
While experts deemed Charlo as the underdog, they the also considered the skilful 33-year-old from Louisiana possesses the speed and punching ability to potentially pose challenges for Alvarez. Renowned Los Angeles-based Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach is among those in the boxing world who believe this weekend could witness an upset. »