By Chris Williams: Jermall Charlo says Gennadiy Golovkin should be fighting him next instead of Canelo Alvarez because he already got his backside whipped in their second fight in 2018.
What Chris Williams wants to know is WHY is Jermall (32-0, 22 KOs) targeting the 40-year-old past his prime Golovkin for a fight instead of Canelo?
That looks like a prime example of cherry-picking by Charlo, but of course, he’s basically been doing that since he moved up to the 160-lb division in 2017.
Showtime has been faithfully televising Jermall’s mismatches against weak opposition over the last five years, seemingly without holding his feet to the fire to get him to fight high-caliber opposition instead of the tomato cans he’s been feasting on.
Jermall’s opposition since 2017:
- Juan Macias Montiel
- Sergiy Derevyanchenko
- Dennis Hogan
- Brandon Adams
- Jorge Sebastian Heiland
- Hugo Centeno Jr
If Charlo feels that GGG already got thrashed by Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) last time they fought, the logical move for the unbeaten Texas native would be to fight the Mexican star, right?
Golovkin will NEVER agree to fight Charlo because he clearly doesn’t fancy that fight. If he did, he wouldn’t have burned through the last four years of his career fighting these no-name fighters:
- Ryota Murata
- Kamil Szeremeta
- Sergiy Derevyanchenko
- Steve Rolls
Golovkin could have picked Charlo or Demetrius Andrade during the last four years of his career, but instead, he padded his record with four mismatches on DAZN.
You got to wonder how the streaming giant felt about the low-level opposition that Golovkin was fighting on their network.
“GGG should NOT be fighting Canelo. Canelo already beat your a**, so fight me now,” said Jermall Charlo on social media.
Besides Charlo saying he wants to fight Golovkin, he also included the 49-year-old Oscar De La Hoya, and the injured Demetrius Andrade, who has a shoulder problem.
Jermall needs to show some courage by fighting some of these guys: David Benavidez, David Morrell Jr, Chris Eubank Jr, Jaime Munguia, or Janibek Alimkhanuly.
“When you look at the history of boxing, fighters get old and don’t do as well. That’s what people are going off of,” said Golovkin’s trainer, Johnathon Banks, to the Mayweather Channel, reacting to the belief fans have that the 40-year-old Golovkin is too old to defeat Canelo.
“They’re not taking into consideration the clean lifestyle [of Golovkin], and they’re not taking into consideration that fighters can actually fight smarter as they get older,” Banks continued.
“So few fighters do it, and I don’t blame people for predicting what they’re predicting. But we’re [Team Golovkin] preparing for victory, and that’s all that matters.
“Neither fighter [Canelo & GGG] are who they were when they fought those first two fights. If you look at the history of both fighters, neither guy is who they were when they first got there.
“Canelo is a lot more confident now than he was then, and he’s a lot more vocal. Canelo never spoke any English to any media outlet for those two fights. Now, he’s speaking English, clear English. So even in that regard, he’s different.
“GGG is in his prime. He’s still in his prime. I want a knockout anyway. I’m not worried about the judges. I’m sure they’ll make whatever educated decision they make, but I think both guys have a fair shake,” Banks said when asked if Golovkin needs a knockout to win.
“What G and I are looking at is that we’re just preparing for victory. You’re not fighting the referee; you’re not fighting the judges. You’re fighting Canelo. For him, it’s closing a chapter, kind of, sort of. I think it’ll be very important to him for the judges to say he got the victory,” said Banks.