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Jermell Charlo could be in trouble against Canelo Alvarez if he can’t control his emotions

Jermell 'Iron Man' Charlo. Photo credit: Premier Boxing Champions

Two-time world title challenger Andre Dirrell has reservations about Jermell Charlo’s ability to control his emotions in his upcoming bout against Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

Undisputed junior middleweight champion Charlo 35-1-1 (19) will be jumping up two weight classes when he challenges undisputed super middleweight champion Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30.

“I’ll be honest, I don’t like his attitude,” Dirrell said to ESNEWS. “I think it can get him in a lot of trouble and if he can’t control his attitude, which I don’t know, but if he can’t control his emotions when he steps in the ring, he’s going to be in trouble.”

Dirrell added he still gives Charlo a shot at springing the upset.

“Again, we’re about to see something big for Charlo,” he said. “I ain’t counting Charlo out. I never did, I never will. I promise you, I’m not counting him out.

“We’re going to see something from Charlo that we haven’t seen before. This fight is going to be much better than a lot of the world is anticipating.

“I don’t want to have any bias about this fight. I don’t care about Canelo and I don’t care about Charlo. I want to give you a non-biased opinion when it comes to this fight.

“Does Charlo have a good chin? We saw [Brian] Castano catch him twice. Yeah, I think it will carry out.

“Listen, when you have something big to the table when you have to rise to the occasion, this is everything Charlo is with that ‘Lions Only’ mentality.

“The difference between them is Jermell has that ‘Lions Only’ mentality, but [twin brother and WBC middleweight champion] Jermall has that calm mentality. He’s easier to deal with. He’s a little more compassionate.

“Because this fight is going to be so good, I don’t want to disrespect either one of these fighters. I know Canelo isn’t getting knocked out. If Charlo opens up while Canelo is shooting, because if you watch the Castano fight he’s opening up at odd times, but luckily, he’s not getting caught with anything big.

“I’m telling you, this fight is not farfetched. It’s going to be a good fight. I still got Canelo.

“Charlo is going to have to use his feet. He’s going to have to have more movement than Canelo has. He’s going to have to shoot off of those legs because Canelo is not going to shoot unless he has that shot.

“[Canelo] has a crazy habit of jumping in with big shots. Canelo likes to jump into the body. When he’s opening up, if you’ve got the courage, shoot that straight down the pipe.

“Try to catch him on the chin, but if you miss and you exert yourself, you might catch one to the rib. You might go down and he hits so hard, he might keep you there. So, he got to be careful.

“[Charlo] can’t be too aggressive. He has to show that he’s not scared. He’s got to show no respect for Canelo and box, use his legs.

“He’s going to need his legs. I promise you, he’s going to need his legs. If he doesn’t use his legs, he’s getting knocked out.

“Is he going to use his legs? You better believe it. This ain’t no [Errol] Spence situation where you just walk forward. This ain’t a guy where you take shots and walk forward.”