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Jermell Charlo slammed for subpar performance, Hall of Famer says Tim Tszyu would have beaten him

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Jermell Charlo

Former undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 35-2-1 (19) has said the extra weight affected his performance against undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 60-2-2 (39) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old from Houston, Texas jumped up two weight classes to challenge the Mexican superstar, with both boxers weighing in at 167.5 pounds.

Alvarez, 33, comprehensively outboxed Charlo, dropping him in the seventh and cruising to a unanimous decision victory by scores of 119-108 and 118-109 twice.

“I felt like I wasn’t me in there,” Charlo said. “I don’t make excuses for myself, it is what it is. I take my punches and roll with it. This is boxing. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. It is what it is.

“Truthfully, you can feel the difference in the weight. I jumped up 14-pounds. I [was] undisputed [at 154-pounds], so I was daring to be great right now. You fall short sometimes, but you gotta just keep on pushing. My road don’t stop right here.”

WBC, WBA and IBF 154-pound champion Charlo was stripped of his WBO belt the moment he stepped into the ring against Alvarez with interim titleholder Tim Tszyu 23-0 (17) elevated to full champion status by the WBO.

International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Lou DiBella says based on his last performance, Charlo – who had not boxed for 16 months – would have lost to the 28-year-old Australian.

“I don’t think Tim Tszyu would have had any problem with Charlo tonight,” DiBella posted to X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter.

“The layoff would have mattered big time. It mattered vs Canelo; that whitewash wasn’t about size difference, it was about levels and readiness to fight.

“Charlo wasn’t fight ready, IMHO. Just sayin.”

He added: “You should know that not fighting, a serious lack of activity, can ruin a fighter.

“Charlo was actually looser and fighting a bit better later in the fight. Tonight, he wouldn’t have fared well with a younger, just as strong, and very active, Tim Tszyu.”

Tszyu was scheduled to face Charlo in January this year before the American suffered a hand fracture in December that ruled him out of the bout.

While recovering from his injury Tszyu fought the first man to defeat Charlo, Tony Harrison 29-4-1 (21), knocking him out in nine rounds to claim the WBO interim title.

Tszyu will face Brian Mendoza 22-2 (16) next at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach, Australia on October 15.

He still wants the opportunity to face Charlo, who was noncommittal about his future in the wake of his loss to Alvarez.

“I just follow the plans and fight whoever,” Charlo said in his post-fight press conference.

“It’s about being great and I’m already a legend in boxing. Hopefully you put me in the Hall of Fame. I don’t know who the hell controls that, but I deserve it.

“It’s about fighting the best fights and making the most money at this point in my life and career.

“So fighting Mendoza or Ta-Zoo, who’s got an Australian fanbase, is just not as satisfying to me sometimes.

“Like I said, I listen to my coaches, follow the plans with my management and go from there.”