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Roy Jones Jr wary of Jermell Charlo jumping up two weight classes to face Canelo Alvarez

Jermell Charlo

Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr has warned Jermell ‘Iron Man’ Charlo that moving up to weight classes comes with its problems.

Undisputed junior middleweight champion Charlo 35-1-1 (19) has signed on to challenge undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30 in a fight being billed as “Undisputed vs Undisputed”.

“It’s strange for Jermell because this is his first time going that high and he’s doing it for two weight classes,” Jones Jr said to Fight Hub TV.

“To jump up a weight class is good, but to jump two, it’s a little bit difficult. It’s more of a significant amount of weight. You don’t know how your body is going to react to that. That’s why guys usually go up a couple of pounds; add a couple of more pounds to see how their bodies are going to react.

“You’re going to take that 14-pound jump and you’re going to see what happens. That’s dangerous because you don’t know how your body is going to react to 14 pounds more. Can you carry that for twelve rounds? Can you take a punch like that for twelve rounds?

“There are a lot of questions to be answered and you didn’t start with a six-pound jump. You went all the way to a 14-pound jump. Now, if you’re a special guy – and he may be – then maybe he can do that with no problem.”

Jones Jr knows a thing or two about moving between weight classes. He won his first world title at middleweight, then at super middleweight, before unifying the major light heavyweight titles. A hit-and-run mission to heavyweight saw him claim the WBA belt from John Ruiz before returning to the 175-pound division.

His storied career saw him inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame last year.

“When you think about it, Canelo did it the same way but Canelo did it a little bit at a time,” Jones Jr continued. “He went from a six-pound jump, then he went to an eight-pound jump, and then when he went a little higher when he got to 175-pounds it didn’t work out too well for him.

“So at what point does the weight start to affect you? If you don’t know, you definitely don’t know if you just jump up and see. So that’s kind of suspicious but a gutty thing he’s doing.”

Mexican superstar Alvarez, 33, will be having his second outing this year following his 12-round unanimous points victory over John Ryder in May.

For Texan Charlo, also 33, this will be his first bout in 16 months since his rematch victory over Brian Castano in May last year that he won by 10th round knockout.

He has been sidelined since then with a hand injury sustained in December.