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Is Jermell Charlo the next Terence Crawford?

Jermell Charlo. Photo credit: Amanda Westcott/Showtime

Undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) may not like the comparison, but he is on the verge of becoming the next Terence Crawford 40-0 (31).

The 35-year-old Crawford from Omaha, Nebraska finally got his just due when he knocked out Errol Spence Jr 28-1 (22) in the ninth-round last July to claim the undisputed welterweight championship, becoming a global superstar overnight.

With the win Crawford became the first male boxer to become a two-weight undisputed champion in the four-belt era.

Now Texan Charlo, 33, has the same opportunity when he moves up two weight classes 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.

It’s a big ask for Charlo who, unlike Crawford, is a substantial underdog against the 33-year-old Mexican superstar.

Victory will see his star burn bright.

“When you got the right people operating the system and handling the business on the other end, it always makes it the right moment,” Charlo said during a media event on Monday.

“Now is the right moment. We’re both 33 years old. We’re at our prime, at our best, our fastest, our strongest.

“Canelo is coming to bounce back from anything people are doubting him. I’m coming to put on, shake the doubters off, and show the world why I was put into this position.”

Charlo will be having his first fight since knocking out Brian Castano in the 10th round of their rematch in May last year but despite the layoff, he says the timing is right for the biggest bout of his 16 year pro career.

“It’s not just by coincidence that I got here and I made it this far,” Charlo said. “Now it’s my turn, it’s my chance to shine. I’ve been doing what I have to do for the world. Now it’s my time to really, really, really show what I’m made of.”

Charlo’s trainer Derrick James believes his fighter’s credentials already stack up and that he should be included on any reputable pound-for-pound list.

“I can see Jermell making history,” James said. “And he would have to be considered one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all time because most of the people don’t even have him rated in their pound-for-pound ratings.

“So to be a super middleweight undisputed champ and a light middleweight undisputed champ at the same time, [that is] two amazing feats at the same time.”

Win, lose or draw, Charlo is noncommittal about which weight class he will campaign in in the future post-Canelo, but whichever way he looks, there will be big fights.

Will it be a return to the stacked junior middleweight division, the largely barren middleweight landscape, or will he opted to settle in properly at super middleweight?

If he is victorious against Alvarez, whichever weight class he chooses will be full of willing challengers prepared to dethrone the king.