The decision to move up two categories to face one of the best fighters in the world in recent years speaks of Jermell Charlo’s ambition and desire.
The American will face the most important fight of his career this Saturday, when he steps into the ring at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to challenge Saul Alvarez for the undisputed super middleweight title.
Charlo, owner of all the belts in the super welterweight division, has earned a place among the best in the world and it seemed logical for him would be to continue defending his status at 154 pounds. However, he did not hesitate to radically change his course and take on this difficult challenge when it was proposed to him.
The 33-year-old fighter is the underdog and many people believe his chances are slim, but he has defined himself as a lion and has worked hard to adapt quickly to the new weight and offer the public a great show this weekend, according to his own words.
Charlo has the height and reach advantage over Alvarez, so it was very important to work on his physique, which has looked very good in his pre-fight training.
Strategy will be key against such a strong opponent, but the tools to take on this challenge are there. Now we need to see if he knows how to use them and if they are enough to overcome this challenge.
Charlo is one of those fighters who are looking for greatness and he knows that to achieve it, he needs this kind of fights. A win would be epic for his career and would change the hierarchy of boxing today. Will he be able to do it?