Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermall Charlo: A Cinco de Mayo Spectacle in the Making?

By Chris Williams - 02/14/2024 - Comments

Fans are looking forward to the announcement of Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermall Charlo for Cinco de Mayo on May 4th, a fight that would be a pure spectacle.

Canelo (60-2-2, 39 KOs) held off on Tuesday from revealing his opponent, but it had already been leaked to the media on Monday night that the undefeated Jermall (32-0, 22 KOs) will be the one that faces him on May 4th.

While some boxing fans are grumbling about Jermall potentially getting the clash instead of David Benavidez, this is a good choice, going with Charlo. He’s been around for a while and has done more in his career than Benavidez.

In the end, the fans will be glad that Jermall got the pick, considering he’s he’s got a fan-friendly style, and he won’t look like a rehydrated cruiserweight on the night against Canelo, like Benavidez would if he were the one chosen for this prestigious date on May 4th.

Another Future Hall of Famer on Canelo’s Radar

Choosing Jermall will help cement Canelo’s spot in the Boxing Hall of Fame, as this is a name that needs on his resume. Jermall fought in the same weight classes as Canelo for years at 154 and 160, but the two never fought.

When Jermall became Canelo’s mandatory, the WBC gave the Mexican star the Franchise tag, allowing him to go around him. It’s important now that Canelo fight Jermall to get a fight out of the way once and for all and to continue to face the best.

Canelo having his undisputed super middleweight title at stake against Jermall will make the fight more meaningful than if the two had fought years ago when Alvarez held the WBC 160-lb belt.

The Charlo Connection: Avenging a Brother

Canelo-Charlo is an excellent fight because it sets up a revenge scenario where Jermall can get even with Canelo for his win over his brother Jermell last September and show the fans that they’re superior fighters.

Jermall looked outstanding in his recent rust-ridding fight against Jose Benavidez Jr. last November, almost as good as new in that contest. That was Jermall’s first fight at 168, and showed that he fits in nicely in the division.