Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Guadalajara’s superstar boxer, notched up the 60th victory of his professional career, easily dispatching U.S. challenger Jermell Charlo in 12 rounds on September 30 in Las Vegas, and retaining his undisputed super-middleweight crown.
Although Canelo had his opponent on the canvas in the seventh round, he was unable to end the fight quickly and obtain his 40th career knockout.
Charlo couldn’t connect with any punches of note to concern the Tapatio fighter, while Canelo targeted the American’s body incessantly, giving the judges an easy task. The final scorecard was 118-109, 118-109 and 119-108.
Although his boxing skills and power have diminished from the heyday of his twenties, Canelo, aged 33, once again showed that he has few equals in the sport.
For the first time at the conclusion of a fight, Canelo spoke in reasonably good English to broadcasters, insisting there is no other boxer who can currently beat him, adding that he didn’t “give a damn” who he faces his next fight, which he confirmed will be on the Cinco de Mayo weekend in 2024.
Canelo said he has harbored no thoughts about retiring, becase he “f—-ing loves boxing.”
A recent report suggesting TV celebrity boxer and MMA star Jake Paul believes he can beat Canelo has been ridiculed by serious boxing commentators.
The Tapatio boxer, however, reportedly said he might be willing to arrange a fight with Paul because it would attract new kinds of fans to the sport, but stressed the celebrity would stand no chance of winning.