Undisputed super-middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez will start as favorite for his September 30 clash with junior middleweight kingpin Jermell Charlo, but at least one famous observer gives the American the edge in the contest.
"Canelo has had an outstanding career,” says Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach. “And even though I had Gennadiy Golovkin winning their first two fights, I was impressed with the way Canelo fought him. If Charlo was fighting the version of Canelo before he fought Golovkin, I would favor Canelo. But that's not the case. This version of Canelo will not be able to handle Charlo.
"I love the attitude Charlo brings into the ring. He's mean and defiant, and better yet, he backs that attitude up with his talent. He cannot be intimidated. He has a great chin and doesn't get phased by getting hit. Charlo is downright vicious inside the ring. And while both men can fight, I think Charlo will have too much fire power for Canelo to handle especially at the higher weight.
"Canelo needs to stay away from Charlo's left hook. The question is, can Canelo stay away from Charlo's left hook. I don't think he can which is why I am picking Charlo by stoppage. I can't wait for this one."