By Dan Ambrose: An excited-looking Oscar De La Hoya thinks Jermell Charlo will need to put on a “masterful performance” by following Dmitry Bivol’s blueprint for him to defeat “quicksand” footed Canelo Alvarez this Saturday night in their headliner on ShowtimePPV on September 23rd.
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Jermell (35-1-1, 19 KOs) is an excellent fighter, but he never shown the kind of discipline on offense that Bivol did in his one-sided twelve round unanimous decision win over Canelo last year in May.
To follow Bivol’s blueprint, it takes a fighter with iron discipline, and someone who doesn’t lose his cool during the head of the battle like Jermell usually does.
The only reason Jermell has gotten away with being a temperamental fighter is that he’s mostly fought B & C-level level opposition during his career.
He’s never fought an A-level guy, and when he was supposed to finally face one in TimTszyu, he moved up to 168 to pick up a bag from Canelo.
Will Jermell control his bad temper?
It’s likely that even if Jermell does come into the fight using the Bivol blueprint, he’ll quickly abandon it and revert to his normal slugging style once he gets tagged by some hard shots from Canelo.
Jermell’s temper will get the better of him, and he’ll start loading up on shots and wind up brawling, which will work in Canelo’sfavor.
That’s the problem with Jermell. He has a bad temper inside& outside the ring, and that doesn’t help when you’re going up against elite fighters like Canelo.
De La Hoya is picking Canelo (59-2-2, 39 KOs) to win, as he expects him to target Jermell’s arms to wear him down, causing him to lower his guard in the later rounds. Once he does that, Canelo will “Chop” him down.
Canelo will chop Jermell down
“Okay, the breakdown for Canelo-Charlo. It should be a good fight. So, Canelo, obviously, he’s very flat-footed, heavy inside the ring,” said Oscar De La Hoya on social media, previewing this Saturday night’s fight between undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez & Jermell Charlo.
“He literally walks like he has quicksand on his feet, but I think that if he throws those big bombs on Charlo’s arms, obviously during the rounds, his arms will come down, and in the later rounds.
“Canelo will then chop him and eventually and maybe stop him. But if Charlo jabs double, double, triple, double, up, down, throws combinations and moves, and stays this distance, he can give Canelo a lot of trouble, just like [Dmitry] Bivol,” said De La Hoya.
“He was throwing punches, coming back out, throwing punches, coming back out, keeping your distance, use your jab, boom. It should be an easy win for Canelo or should be a masterful performance by Charlo,” said Oscar.