- Álvarez puts WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles at 168lbs on line
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Hello and welcome to T-Mobile Arena for tonight’s showdown between Canelo Álvarez and Jermell Charlo. We’ve got a fascinating main event in the offing as Charlo, the undisputed champion at 154lbs from Houston, is moving up two weight classes to challenge for Álvarez’s WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles at 168lbs. Yet while Charlo is the fighter moving up, it’s the Mexican star who is conceding four inches in height and two and a half inches in reach.
Álvarez will go off as a roughly 4/1 favorite, but tonight’s fight should go a long way toward showing us where the 33-year-old Mexican star really stands at this point in his career. He suffered his first defeat in nearly a decade with a unanimous-decision loss to Dmitry Bivol in May 2022 – which took place at 175lbs and didn’t cost him his super middleweight belts – and has since rebounded with easy wins over a faded Gennady Golovkin and an outclassed John Ryder. But Charlo expects to offer a different caliber of test, regardless of the weight difference.
Written by Bryan Armen Graham
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2023/sep/30/canelo-alvarez-v-jermell-charlo-undisputed-super-middleweight-championship-live under the title “Canelo Álvarez v Jermell Charlo: undisputed super middleweight championship – live”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.