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Jermell Charlo cherishing the opportunity to face idol Canelo Alvarez

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

Undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) has admitted he has always admired Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) for what he has achieved in the sport.

Despite being the same age at 33, undisputed super middleweight champion Alvarez turn pro two years earlier as a 15-year-old and has amassed 25 more fights along with 216 more rounds.

That added wear and tear may well be a factor when the duo clash at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30.

“I knew fighting Canelo one day could be a possibility, but I kind of lost in even wanting to fight him, and I look up to him,” Charlo said to Showtime Boxing.

“He’s hella rich and he has everything in the world and has beaten some of the greatest fighters, fought some of the best in the division, fought 18 world champions.”

But Charlo, who will be jumping up two weight classes equaling 14 pounds, says the fight is coming at the right time for him.

“I can say my speed and my power will be the difference in this fight. I got speed, power and experience. I’m not new to this game,” Charlo continued.

“The secret is that I’ve been a professional since 2007 at 17. I think he turned pro at 15. Two years of experience, are we going to make a debate about that?

“Of course, he has a lot more fights because when you fight in Mexico, you can fight every weekend. I don’t know what the commission is or the system out there, but it’s cool.

“Let them believe what they want, but they got to sleep on the fact that I got a lot of experience in the ring. I fought a lot of amateurs and I fought a lot as a professional and I’m ready for that.”

Alvarez won his first world title at 154-pounds before moving up in weight. He has fought as high as light heavyweight in world championship fights with mixed results, winning one and losing one.

For a time it looked like Alvarez would be out of reach for Charlo, whose twin brother and WBC middleweight champion Jermall was the short-priced favourite to land the lucrative fight.

“I’m like, ‘ah, he’s out of reach now; he’s moved too far [up in weight]’,” Charlo explained. “I knew my brother had that opportunity [to fight Canelo]. I never really looked at it like that, but then, as the moment is coming closer, I’m down.

“I’ll jump in the ring with whoever I got to fight. Canelo is just another guy to me. So that’s what it’s going to be when it comes down to fight night.

“I won’t truly know until I get in there with the 10-ounce gloves. The power and the punches could be different with the 10-ounce gloves. But I’ve been in the ring with guys that are way bigger than Canelo and me. That’s because of the fact that I’ve been knocking guys out in sparring.

“So in order to spare with a 154-pounder, a lot of them have to gain a lot of weight. I could feel it and I could tell when someone was a little too heavy, but that time should rewind itself and bring itself back because this is what I’m going to be facing.”