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Eddie Hearn says Canelo Alvarez vs Jermall Charlo looks most likely
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (L), Jermall Charlo (Esther Lin/Showtime)

Eddie Hearn Believes Jermall Charlo Is Most Likely Next for Canelo Alvarez

There continues to be a lot of talk in the boxing community regarding what’s next up for reigning undisputed super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (59-2-2, 39 KOs). More and more, it appears that Alvarez could step into the ring against WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo. During an appearance on The DAZN Boxing Show, the Chairman of Matchroom Boxing said the following:

“I think Charlo is the front runner for September, perhaps, and we’re looking at other options for him for January, February, and May as well.”


Who exactly Alvarez will face in the future is playing out like a soap opera. The super middleweight champion last fought on May 6 when he defended his super middleweight titles with a unanimous decision victory over John Ryder.

Following the win, Alvarez stated that he would pursue a rematch with the current WBA light heavyweight champion, Dmitry Bivol, at 175. But Alvarez has had a change of heart after the camp of Bivol insisted that they want a second fight with Alvarez to happen at 168 pounds.

There were talks between Alvarez and two-time 168-pound champion David “The Mexican” Benavidez. But after turning down a reported $50 million contract offer to Benavidez, the camp of The Mexican Monster felt that Canelo was uninterested and decided to pursue other options.

Then there is the back-and-forth between the camp of Alvarez and WBC cruiserweight champion Badou “The Ripper” Jack. Canelo was interested in moving up in weight to conquer Jack to become a five-division world champion. But Jack announced on social media that he turned down the opportunity to face Canelo after the super middleweight champion demanded that the fight occur at 180 pounds – 20 pounds under the cruiserweight limit of 200.

Charlo is arguably the best middleweight in the world. But he’s a fighter who has been out of action for two years. The middleweight champion was recently on social media talking up a September clash with two-division champion Demetrius Andrade at 165. But with the money that comes with fighting Alvarez, one would think that Charlo would quickly forget about Andrade in an attempt to face the Mexican superstar. Were Charlo to move up to 168 and fight the undisputed champion, it would be the most lucrative fight of his career. Stay tuned to 3kingsboxing.com for further updates.

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