Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez proved once again that he’s far from being on the decline in his illustrious career, delivering a commanding performance against Jermell Charlo and securing an easy unanimous decision victory (119-108, 118-109, and 118-109) in Las Vegas.
While Charlo (35-2-1) demonstrated resilience by never hitting the canvas, there was a notable moment in the seventh round when he was compelled to take a knee. Despite this, Charlo had some impressive flashes in the fourth and fifth rounds. However, it was Canelo (60-2-2) who consistently displayed his superiority, particularly with his jab, which he used to great effect throughout the fight. In a surprising turn of events, Canelo out-jabbed the taller Charlo 56-40.
Saúl 'Canelo' Álvarez makes the third defense of his undisputed super middleweight titles with a lopsided decision over Jermell Charlo, scoring a seventh round knockdown along the way. #CaneloCharlo
— 𝒟𝒾𝒶𝓇𝒾𝑜𝓈 (@DiariosJournals) October 1, 2023
For those speculating about Canelo’s retirement plans after retaining his four 168-pound titles, the Mexican boxing sensation provided a resounding response. During his post-fight interview with Jim Gray, the 33-year-old exclaimed, ‘I love boxing so fing much!’ He emphasized that he doesn’t ‘fing care’ about his next opponent, making it clear that he’s far from hanging up his gloves.
Canelo makes Charlo take a knee in round 7🤯
— 🌴ᴛʜᴇᴀʀᴛᴏꜰᴡᴀʀ🌴 (@TheArtOfWar6) October 1, 2023
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman had previously mandated that David Benavidez would be Canelo’s next challenger for the super middleweight belt. However, Canelo has yet to commit to facing Benavidez, who boasts an impressive record of 27-0, with all but four of his victories coming by knockout. If Canelo declines the fight, the WBC may be forced to vacate his championship.
Around the side …
Around the side …
Around the side …
Through the middle
Canelo’s size was a factor, but his superior ringcraft and ring generalship were even more telling. pic.twitter.com/BV3sedF9Le
— Lee Wylie (@leewylieboxing) October 1, 2023
Reflecting on his future plans earlier in the week, Canelo stated, ‘I’m going to win [against Charlo], but I don’t know what is next. I’m going to sit down with my team and talk about it because I’m 100 percent focused on this fight.’ He added that his intention is to ‘make the best fights out there’ in the wake of his victory over Charlo.
Canelo’s left hooks to the body of Jermell Charlo pic.twitter.com/TQWkWTjJ1h
— Benjamin (@AJKFenjoyer) October 1, 2023
Canelo’s recent performances have faced scrutiny, including a loss to Dmitry Bivol in May 2022. However, he rebounded with a unanimous decision win against Gennady Golovkin and a convincing victory over John Ryder. Some critics had questioned whether the sport was surpassing Canelo, but his near-flawless performance against Charlo on Saturday silenced those doubts.
Weight Division r there for a reason, every jab snapped Charlos head back, body work looked punishing. Charlo is a great counter puncher, strong 1 2 but Canelo made him think about using any of that & kept the pressure on.. Bud gets in there & he gets stepped on#CaneloCharlo pic.twitter.com/Dia13LsuS1
— Av (@FreeWay_L) October 1, 2023
CompuBox statistics from the fight tell the story clearly. Canelo landed 40 percent of his power punches, whereas Charlo managed just 27 percent. Even in the rounds where Charlo displayed his best, Canelo out-punched him. Ultimately, Charlo was unable to pose a significant threat to Canelo, a fact reflected in the judge’s scorecards.
In sum, Canelo Alvarez’s passion for boxing remains undiminished, and his dominant victory over Jermell Charlo solidifies his position as one of the sport’s true icons.