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Jermell Charlo says he performed as best he could under the circumstances

Jermell Charlo and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. Photo credit: Showtime

Former undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 35-2-1 (19) has explained what it was like facing one of the best boxers on the planet, pound-for-pound.

The 33-year-old Texan was widely outpointed by undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 60-2-2 (39) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

Mexican superstar Alvarez, 33, had the challenger on the canvas in the seventh when he took a knee and won by scores of 119-108 and 118-109 twice.

“Canelo’s a motherfucking beast,” Charlo said at the post-fight press conference. “He a ox. You know, maybe I felt that more because of the fact that this was my first time at that weight division.

“I wish I coulda gained a little bit more weight in between from the weigh-in to [fight] time. But I can’t control my body and I can’t – God has this already written. And you know, I’m glad that I was in there to put on a performance for Showtime pay-per-view.”

Charlo has come under criticism from some quarters for failing to engage and boxing a defensively-minded fight.

“I feel like you can’t just charge in with a fighter,” Charlo said. “You know, his power did play an effect, but it wasn’t like too dominant, to a point where I couldn’t come forward. And I should’ve came forward a little bit more in this fight. But I’m human and just tried lateral movement. And like I said I felt some of his punches, so it’s cool.”

Alvarez said freezing in the spotlight has happened to a lot of his opponents.

“I think that happened with a lotta fighters,” Alvarez said during his post-fight press conference. “That’s not on my mind, right, to survive. It’s not that way, but I did my job. I did my job. And I think he never [did] something to win.”

Charlo was caught with a flush right hand while he languished on the ropes in the seventh round. The punch clearly hurt him and face with the prospect of a follow-up barrage of punches, he opted to take a knee.

“That was like my true first time feeling a woozy shot,” Charlo said. “You know what I mean? Like I’m the one always giving ‘em. And so yeah, I knew best. I watch boxing, been a part of it so long that if I woulda just jumped out there I’d have kind of embarrassed myself.

“So, you know, shit could’ve been different. But I was smart enough to regroup, recover and I recovered really fast. Probably could’ve stayed up or whatever, but I’d have just been fighting, trying to clear my head and still would have been getting hit with shots.”

Charlo, who has not boxed since May last year largely due to a hand injury, says he was happy with his performance.

“I’m proud of myself, took a chance, jumped out there strong, right off a hand injury, jumped up there with the best, one of the best guys in the division, one of the best guys in boxing, so my head is held high,” Charlo said.

“I am proud of myself. I’ve done a awesome job for ‘Lions Only’ and my crew and my team. And I love boxing, so I’m not going nowhere.”