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Jermell Charlo sees Terence Crawford in his future, but not necessarily at junior middleweight

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

Undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) has a lot on his plate.

As he enters the final phase of his training camp for his ambitious challenge to undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30, outside noise threatens to distract him from what is the biggest fight of his 16 year pro career.

For the last month the chatter has been about a potential bout against undisputed welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31), who dethroned Charlo’s stablemate Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) by ninth-round knockout on the last Saturday of July.

During that bout Crawford taunted Charlo, who was seated ringside, as he put a beatdown on Spence Jr.

The bad blood between the pair is real and Crawford has kept the idea of the fight in the headlines by discussing the possibility multiple times in recent interviews.

But Texan Charlo, 33, is pushing aside any thoughts of a Crawford bout – for now.

“I think that Terence Crawford could be on the marketing point,” Charlo said. “He could be using it that way ’cause I heard what y’all were saying.

“But Terence Crawford’s problem is he was never with the right people before this. He just got with the PBC, he just signed over and got with the right program. That’s why he was able to make that Errol Spence fight. You know what I’m sayin’?

“Now that he get his feet wet a little bit and he liking the promotion and he likin’ all of that, now he want to bite off a little bit [more] than he can chew, you know?

“I got Canelo to worry about at 168, so why the hell am I [worried about Crawford]. We’ll talk about ’54 whenever we get done with this Canelo shit.”

Charlo has previously noted that at six-foot tall he will be able to carry the additional 14-pounds with no problem and doesn’t expect the additional weight to slow him down at all.

He expects to soundly defeat pound-for-pound stalwart Alvarez, 33, before entering into a rematch with the Mexican superstar.

After that, Charlo is unsure where his future lies.

Spence is expected to move to junior middleweight while Charlo’s twin brother Jermall, the WBC middleweight champion, has flagged a move to the super middleweight division.

That could see Jermell settle in to the 160-pound weight class, where he would be happy to accommodate Crawford.

“We can’t even talk about 154 because you may have to meet me at another weight because my boy Errol going to 154 and my brother may be moving up to ’68 permanently,” Charlo said.

“I might set up at ’60 or spend my career somewhere else. I been at ’54 a long time. I only been in two weight divisions. And I conquered that whole division. What else do I got to prove at that division?”