As a guest on The DAZN Boxing Show, Canelo Alvarez was asked whom he’d rather fight if it came down to it: Gennadiy Golovkin for a third time, or Jermall Charlo?
“Charlo,” Canelo said on the show, which definitely needed to be its own video.
Canelo (56-1-2, 38 KO) last fought on May 8, stopping Billy Joe Saunders after eight rounds to unify the WBC, WBA, and WBO titles at 168 lbs. Both Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KO) and Charlo (32-0, 22 KO) hold belts at 160, and there’s zero indication that Canelo wants to go back down in weight — and as the money man here, it’d be his call if either of the others want to fight him.
Alvarez has been busy following a 13-month break that saw him split from Golden Boy and get out of his DAZN deal, though he has still been fighting on DAZN, and working with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing. With Matchroom, Canelo has beaten Callum Smith in December, Avni Yildirim in February, and then Saunders in September.
Currently, the idea is for a September fight against Caleb Plant, the IBF titlist at 168, in what would be a full undisputed championship bout. But that isn’t official by any means; Plant is a PBC fighter, and it could be a lot of push-and-pull to make that happen.
Charlo, of course, is also a PBC guy, while Golovkin is with Matchroom and DAZN but has been working on a deal to fight Ryota Murata in a 160 unification late this year.
Canelo and GGG met in a pair of controversial fights in 2017 and 2018, with the first going to a draw and the second a majority decision win for the Mexican superstar. Many still feel Golovkin deserved the win in both fights, but there have never been truly serious negotiations for a trilogy bout, it seems, even though it was something DAZN wanted badly.