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Former trainer tips underdog Jermell Charlo to upset Canelo Alvarez

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Jermell Charlo. Photo credit: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

When undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) steps through the ropes 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, he will do so as a substantial underdog.

Jumping up two full weight classes is no joke. Not only is career 154-pounder Charlo taking on the top dog at 168-pounds, he will also be matching his skills against a longtime top five pound-for-pound boxer who has not lost a fight below light heavyweight in a decade.

Mexican superstar signed a three fight deal with Premier Boxing Champions earlier this year and was widely expected to face Charlo’s twin brother and WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo 32-0 (22) in his PBC debut.

In a surprise move, the smaller Charlo was tabbed for the bout with much of the boxing world declaring it a mismatch.

But as the fight gets closer, some opinions are starting to change.

One opinion that hasn’t wavered is that of Ronnie Shields, the one time trainer of Jermell and current coach of Jermall.

“This is a big opportunity for Jermell and one that I know he’s not gonna take lightly,” said Shields. He’s gonna do everything in his power to come out victorious. That’s what he does. He wants to be the best, all the time.

“From his last two showings, Canelo has said he has injuries. Now he wants to prove that he hasn’t lost a step. He’s a competitor. He wants his people to stay behind him, so I think he actually comes into the fight in the best shape he’s been in in a long time.

“Charlo is one of the few fighters who holds his power throughout the whole fight. You don’t get too many of those, but Canelo is also able to do that. It really makes this a great fight.

“Charlo has to make sure he wins rounds convincingly. You won’t win close rounds against Canelo. You have to keep pushing. Canelo has great defense, so Charlo has to be in great shape and push from beginning to end.

“You don’t see a lot of fighters go to Canelo’s body, because it’s hard to get close enough to do it. He’ll have to come up with a scheme to get into that position.

“I think Jermell Charlo wins this fight by split-decision.”

Charlo admitted earlier this week that he really won’t know how his body will respond to the extra weight until the first bell rings, but added that all signs in camp are promising.

“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,” he said.

“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.”