Canelo Alvarez will face one of the Charlo brothers on Sept. 30 in Las Vegas. But in a surprise announcement Friday, it will not be Jermall as everyone expected, but Jermell who will be his opponent in a battle of undisputed champions.
Alvarez announced the surprise switch Friday on his social medla accounts. He is the undisputed super middleweight champion, while Jermell is the undisputed champion at super welterweight, meaning he will move up from 154 pounds to 168 pounds for this bout.
Sources told ESPN Deportes that Jermall Charlo, the WBC champion at 160 pounds, was the first option that Premier Boxing Champions offered to Alvarez. However, Jermall said he needed more time to get in shape because he has not fought for more than two years.
Jermell Charlo raised his hand and pushed his brother aside to fight Alvarez.
Jermell Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KO’s), 33, became undisputed at 154 pounds when he defeated Brian Castano to add a fourth title in May 2022. He was supposed to be negotiating a big fight against Australian Tim Tszyu, but now will face boxing’s biggest star for perhaps the biggest payday of his career.
Canelo Alvarez to face Jermell Charlo, not brother Jermall, on Sept. 30