Home Boxing News Robert Garcia expects close, competitive fight between Canelo Alvarez and Jermell Charlo

Robert Garcia expects close, competitive fight between Canelo Alvarez and Jermell Charlo

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

Top trainer Robert Garcia sees the upcoming bout between undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) and undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell ‘Hit Man’ Charlo 35-1-1 (19) as close to an even matchup.

Texan Charlo, 33, will move up two weight classes to challenge the 33-year-old Mexican superstar at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30.

Much has been made of Alvarez last few fights, including his unanimous decision loss to WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol 21-0 (11) in May last year, where he has looking slightly less than his stellar best. Fans and pundits alike have also been quick to pass judgment on how Alvarez looks in training camp after viewing short clips posted to social media.

But Garcia says Alvarez fans need not be concerned.

“Let’s not forget that we’ve seen those type of videos in his previous fights where he hasn’t looked that great in his last couple of fights,” said Garcia.

“It’s a big difference from showing a video, a 30-second video, working hard, to the actual fight. His last couple of fights – that’s the only thing that I have to say, that I give Charlo a big chance because Canelo hasn’t looked that good in his [recent] fights. I know he said there was a few injuries, a few personal problems during camp.

“So let’s hope that is the case because I know I wanna see a great, competitive fight and we will. The question is, is Canelo gonna be better than he has [been] in his last couple of fights? Because Charlo will be.

“Charlo’s a fighter. Charlo is one of those guys that is not gonna hold back, he’s not gonna take too many punches. He’s gonna fight back, so let’s see what Canelo brings. I think it’s gonna be a very, very close fight, very competitive.”

Charlo will be returning to the ring for the first time in almost 18 months after a hand injury suffered last December disrupted his career. He will also be stacking on 14 pounds to take on the challenge at 168-pounds.

“I can’t wait for this fight, man,” Garcia said. “It’s gonna be one of those challenges for Canelo that he needs to be in his top shape [to win].

“We know Charlo’s moving up two divisions, but like everybody’s been saying, he’s not smaller. He’s as big, maybe even bigger than Canelo. Canelo was also a 154-pounder at one time, I don’t see much of a difference.

“I’m pretty sure when it comes to fight night, they’re probably gonna be weighing around the same weight because I’m pretty sure Charlo jumps up in weight after he makes weight, so it’s interesting.

“I think it’ll be a very competitive fight [that] won’t be a mismatch, so I can’t wait. I can’t wait. I’m very excited.”