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Jermell Charlo zoned in on Canelo Alvarez, says extra weight won’t be an issue

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Jermell Charlo. Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

Undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell ‘Iron Man’ Charlo 35-1-1 (19) will be making a leap if faith and a leap of weight when he challenges undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30.

Charlo will be moving up two full weight classes to face the Mexican superstar, stacking on an additional 14 pounds to his six-foot frame for the bout being marketed as “Undisputed vs Undisputed”.

The 33-year-old Texan could be forgiven for making changes to his training regime considering the magnitude of the task in front of him, but his says his camp has been very much a case of business as usual.

“You do the same thing you been doing,” said Charlo on Cigar Talk. “Just a different weight. You don’t change nothing.

“You don’t go in there trying to do too much. You just gotta work your ass off and be dedicated.”

Alvarez, 33, was widely expected to face Charlo’s twin brother Jermall, who holds the WBC middleweight title. Many were surprised when the smaller Charlo was revealed as the opponent and questioned the wisdom of taking the fight outside of the massive purse, but the man himself says he never had any qualms about accepting the assignment.

“When I got the call for this fight, there was nothing I could say other than ‘let’s go’,” he said at a press conference to promote the fight.

“My whole career has kind of been all about chasing Canelo. He’s been the top guy for a long time. The fight has presented itself now and I just have to get in there, do my job and be the best that I can be.

“After September 30, people are gonna appreciate my skills and what I’ve been doing for so long, ever since I was a kid. With every fight I come to put on a show and I’m dangerous the whole fight. I want to be known as great.”

Charlo has defeated every man he has ever faced, knocking out both Tony Harrison and Brian Castano late in their rematches after dropping a decision to Harrison and being held to a draw with Castano in their first go-rounds.

The question remains whether his skills and form will follow him up two weight classes.

“He’s gonna find out that I’m the big Charlo. I am what I say I am,” he said. “Canelo will see that I pack good punching power that I have good lateral movement and that I’m a ring general, just like he is.

“He’ll see that it won’t be a walk in the park. He says he’s gonna be better in this fight and it’s the same thing for me.

“I’m gonna bring that Texas heat. I’m gonna show up and show out. I’m gonna have fun and do what I do.

“This is what I love to do. I’m gonna represent the culture and put on a show.”