LAS VEGAS – Jermell Charlo was cautious of partaking with Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night time primarily as a result of he felt the distinction in weight between them nearly instantly.
Charlo would’ve most popular so as to add at the very least 5 extra kilos from the time he weighed in at a career-high 167.4 kilos Friday morning till he stepped into the ring for his or her Showtime Pay-Per-View predominant occasion Saturday night time. Charlo revealed that he weighed 172 kilos Saturday morning, however the IBF/WBA/WBC 154-pound champion sensed Alvarez outweighed him by a big quantity within the ring.
“Canelo’s a motherf——- beast,” Charlo stated in a complimentary means throughout his post-fight press convention. “He a ox. You already know, perhaps I felt that extra due to the truth that I, , this was my first time at that weight division. I want I coulda gained a bit bit extra weight in between the, , from the weigh-in to that point [to fight]. However I can’t management my physique and I can’t – God has this already written. And, , I’m glad that I used to be in there to placed on a efficiency for Showtime Pay-Per-View.”
The 33-year-old Charlo’s efficiency wasn’t almost sufficient to dethrone boxing’s undisputed tremendous middleweight champion in his debut on the 168-pound restrict. The Houston native gained just one spherical on choose Steve Weisfeld’s scorecard (119-108) and two rounds apiece in keeping with judges Max De Luca (118-109) and David Sutherland (118-109).
Charlo (35-2-1, 19 KOs) fought nearly completely off his again foot and landed simply 71-of-398 punches total, six per spherical, in keeping with CompuBox’s unofficial statistics. He expressed remorse following the primary decisive defeat of his 15-year professional profession that he wasn’t extra aggressive in opposition to Alvarez (60-2-2, 39 KOs), who recurrently went to Charlo’s physique and even out-jabbed his taller, longer opponent.
“I really feel like you possibly can’t simply cost in with a fighter,” Charlo defined. “You already know, his energy did play an impact, but it surely wasn’t like too dominant, to a degree the place I couldn’t come ahead. And I ought to’ve got here ahead a bit bit extra on this battle. However, , I’m human and simply tried lateral motion. And, , like I stated, I felt a few of his punches. So, it’s cool.”
Alvarez’s flush proper hand to the aspect of Charlo’s head brought on Charlo to take a knee a couple of minute into the seventh spherical. Charlo went down for simply the second time in 38 skilled fights, however he recovered comparatively shortly and completed their 12-round battle for Alvarez’s IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO tremendous middleweight titles on his ft.
“I used to be good, ?,” Charlo stated. “I get again up. That’s what we do. You get again up and proceed to battle.”
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He might be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.