By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
Canelo Alvarez proved why he is one of boxing’s greatest champions after putting on a clinic against Jermell Charlo during their super middleweight title fight last October 1, 2023, held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
In front of an ecstatic Alvarez-pro crowd, the Mexican superstar scored a unanimous decision victory over Charlo to maintain his status as the undisputed super middleweight champion of the sport.
Alvarez truly lived up to his words hours before fight night after telling Charlo that he would witness a different level of boxing display.
From the get-go, Alvarez just stomped over Charlo and punished him with his signature right hand coming from different angles.
Despite Charlo moving around the ring while using fluid head movements to stay away from danger, Alvarez still found a way to land the more powerful punches that kept him up in the scorecards during the majority of the fight.
Charlo had his moments in the middle part of the fight after hitting Alvarez with several jabs while staying disciplined to backpedal when the Mexican stepped forward to apply the pressure.
However, with only 2:03 remaining in the seventh round, Charlo tasted the lone knockdown of the fight after eating a solid right overhand hook from Alvarez.
As Alvarez stalked Charlo, he finally pinned him in the ropes and found an opening to throw the devastating right hand that forced the challenger to kneel in pain.
Despite not getting the follow-up knockdown, Alvarez continued to dominate until the 12th and final round and got his name called as still the king of the super middleweight division.
This is only Charlo’s second professional boxing defeat while Alvarez improved to 59 wins, 30 knockouts, and two defeats.
As of this time, it is still uncertain if Alvarez will be having a rematch against Dmitry Bivol, the boxer that handed him his second pro defeat aside from Floyd Mayweather Jr. or accept the challenge of Terence “Bud” Crawford.