Here it is, a ginormous fight between two superstars that will have huge repercussions for Australian boxing fans.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is already a Hall of Famer-in-waiting and comes into this fight against American Jermell Charlo holding the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO belts at super middleweight.
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Charlo, the undisputed junior middleweight world champion, will be at his heaviest fighting weight ever as he steps up to the 168-pound (76.2kg) division for the first time.
Both fighters weighed in at 167.4 pounds on Friday ahead of a bout that will have Australia’s emerging star Tim Tszyu among the very interested observers.
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12.25pm AEDT – Charlo is enemy No. 1 for Aussie fight fans
Many Australians will know the name Jermell Charlo due to his links with rising star Tim Tszyu.
Charlo was scheduled to fight No. 1 WBO contender Tszyu (23-0 record) on 28 January this year before twice delaying the bout after the American injured his hand.
Subsequently ordered to fight Tszyu by the end of September, he opted instead to move up to super middleweight to take on the legendary Mexican Alvarez.
It has sparked a typically entertaining war of words between Charlo and Tszyu, with the American labelling Australia’s interim WBO light-middleweight champion a “paper champion”.
Tszyu had a simple reply, stating: “F**k, well, he’s the one who was supposed to fight me, man.
“It’s quite simple. He had the opportunity, I had the opportunity, and he’s the one that went running. Just for money, that’s all it was.”
Charlo also failed to credit Tszyu for his commanding victory in March over Tony Harrison, who is the only man to defeat Charlo (35-1-1 record) so far.
“He knows,” Tszyu said.“He’s just in his own little world. Canelo will teach him a lesson.”
Regardless of the outcome, Australian fight fans will be desperate for Tszyu to get a shot at the cocky American.
12pm AEDT – Both fighters stake their claims in the build-up
The fighters got through a relatively low-key weigh-in on Friday local time, but of course the standard types of comments came when talking to the press.
“It’s time to fight,” Charlo said, adding that he didn’t care that Alvarez had been the focus in the build-up to the bout.
“It don’t matter how they hype him up. They got it popping in here. I live it, I enjoy it. I do this for us, baby.”
Alvarez – who suffered a lopsided loss to Dmitri Bivol in a failed title bid at light heavyweight last year before underwhelming victories over Gennady Golovkin and John Ryder in his last two fights – is a clear favourite against Charlo.
The Mexican has won world titles in four divisions and said he didn’t expect Charlo to have any trouble stepping up.
“The size factor is no matter here,” he said. “I did that before and I felt good. So it’s gonna be a great fight and I’m ready for everything.
“It’s gonna be amazing.”
11.30am AEDT – Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Jermell Charlo full card
Canelo Alvarez vs Jermell Charlo – IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO super middleweight world titles
Jesus Ramos Jr. vs Erickson Lubin – super welterweight
Yordenis Ugas vs Mario Barrios – welterweight
Elijah Garcia vs Armonda Resendiz – middleweight
Frank Sanchez vs Scott Alexander – heavyweight
Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs Isaac Rodrigues – light heavyweight
Terrell Gausha vs KeAndrae Leatherwood – middleweight
Curmel Moton vs Ezequiel Flores – super featherweight
– with AFP and CODE Sports