Canelo Álvarez vs. Jermell Charlo summary online, round by round, stats and highlights
Charlo overmatched by King Canelo
Charlo overmatched by King Canelo
Canelo Álvarez shows that he is still the king of the super middleweight division as he outpoints a game but ultimately overmatched Jermell Charlo.
It was always going to be a big bite to swallow for Jermell Charlo. Stepping up two weight divisions is a hug ask for anybody. Doing it to take on a champion is difficult. Doing it to take on the undisputed king of the super middleweight divisionturned out to be ultimately futile.
That is not to say that Charlo didn't have his successes. He ran circles around a cement-footed and plodding Canelo, forcing the champ to do something that he rarely does; march him down. Canelo is a counter puncher and does not relish the prospect of being the aggressor.
And while Canelo went all in on the big thundering power punches, going for the knockout, Charlo was putting together combinations that were at times blunting the attack, even if they were never really troubling the champ.
But while those heavy punches and plodding steps around the ring may have looked less pretty on the eye, they were ultimately effective, providing enough offense to give Canelo a handy points victory.
By the seventh round, one of those booming right hands caught Charlo flush on the chin, and while it wasn't enough to knock him out, or even down, it certainly gave him pause. In the face of a certain onslaught that was sure to follow it up, Charlo wisely took a knee to give himself time to recover.
And recover he did, coming back into the fight, growing into the later rounds, wearing a visibly exhausted Canelo out by the twelfth. But in the end, the power differential and weight were Charlo's undoing. He could never really expect to match Canelo in either and by the end of the fight, he was so far behind that only a knockout would see him win. That was never on the cards.
By winning so decisively, Canelo rights what was widely seen as a rocking ship after his loss to Bivol. Not showing the same brilliance in the last few fights that he possessed in years gone by, there were rumblings that Canelo may have been past it. This win puts all of that scuttlebutt to rest. Canelo is king of the super middleweights and, it would seem, that is a state that will go on for as long as Canelo wants to.
Long live the king.
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Charlo takes a knee
Wisely, in my opinion. Only the second time in his career that he has touched the canvas.
Judges and crowds are often swayed by what they like. Clearly Canelo's power advantage caught the judges' eyes. To my way of thinking, Charlo's defense nullified a lot of Canelo's attack for quite a few rounds, particularly in the middle of the fight. There was never a question of Charlo matching Canelo's power, of course.
Canelo Álvarez wins by UD
The judges at ringside score it:
unanimously for Canelo. Those are a little wide in my view, but the clear winner in any event.
My scorecard shows Canelo winning that fight in a tight contest. I have it 115-112 for Canelo. Let's see what the judges at ringside say about it.
The final round and both boxers meet in the middle of the ring to touch gloves, both showing true appreciation for the other.
Charlo comes out throwing his hands more freely and lands a good right hook. Canelo makes him pay for it by banging that heavy right of his own.
Canelo comes in with a right hand and now it is the turn of Charlo to make Canelo pay for it with a huge left hook landing flush. Charlo is going for broke, throwing everything at Canelo. The Mexican is visibly exhausted, he has his hands down and Charlo goes for the big left. Even tired, Canelo is able to avoid it and get to the bell.
What a great fight!
Charlo comes out throwing his hands a little more freely and catches Canelo with a right hand. Canelo ties him up and when they break goes straight back on the attack.
Both men have shown outstanding defense as well as amazing resilience.
Charlo is still moving, using his feet to get him out of trouble. Canelo lands a heavy right hand.
We are into the championship rounds now, and Canelo comes out banging. Charlo throws back his own before tying up Canelo, stopping the attack.
Canelo looks tired, but he is still on the attack, still dangerous. Charlo is moving well, staying outside, trying to wear Canelo out as he travels around the ring.
Charlo lands a combo and Canelo looks frustrated now.
Canelo comes out sticking to his gameplan, using that big left hook to the ribs. Charlo throws a three-punch combination and backs Canelo up.
Charlo is blocking many of these big shots from Canelo, but enough are landing that it is doing damage. Charlo is still the quicker of the two, the more fleet of foot. Canelo is plodding with his feet and is relying on brute force to do the big work.
Charlo sticks and moves, and finds success when he throws the combos.
Both fighters come out and trade left hands, both landing, both heads snapping back. You can really see why Charlo is the champ at light middleweight. In a fight where he is perhaps overmatched for power, where he has come up two weight divisions, he is still coming forward. You have to tip your hat!
Canelo continues to march Charlo down, taking the inside of the ring. Charlo is sticking combos on Canelo, not hurting him as much as frustrating him. Canelo loads up and lands those heavy body blows, the same shots that have knocked out so many bigger fighters, but Charlo munches it up. This is a magnificent matchup!
Charlo is moving outside, trying to tire Canelo out and stay away from that heavy right hand. Charlo goes in with a big combo, and Canelo comes back with a huge right hand. Charlo takes a knee, wisely, and uses the eight count to catch his breath!
Charlo comes back with a left jab and left hook, punishing Canelo for coming in too quickly. Canelo responds by getting Charlo onto the ropes and throwing a combo of his own. Charlo looks to be recovered now and is outside moving around again.
Canelo comes out and is visibly more tired than before. He is not yet slowing down, but he is sucking air heavily.
Charlo ties Canelo up. Canelo comes back in with that big looping left hook that he has been throwing all day, and Charlo ties him up again.
Canelo comes forward and Charlo stops his advance with a left to the face. Eventually Canelo gets Charlo onto the ropes and unloads a hard one-two. Just thudding shots! You would have to think that this will take a toll on Charlo.
Canelo is working out of the center of the ring, steadily working the ribs. Charlo lands a huge left hook flush on Canelo's nose and while Canelo is not slowing down, still coming forward, he is now even more flat-footed than usual. Canelo is no longer dancing over to Charlo, instead simply walking over.
Charlo sticks a double jab into Canelo's face, snapping his head back. Canelo is not at all happy about that.
Charlo is trying to get onto the front foot, taking the fight to Canelo. But so far, he has not been able to make an impression on the Mexican.
Canelo lands a thundering left to Charlo's ribs before a huge overhand right just misses Charlo's chin.
Jermell comes back with a big uppercut of his own, stopping Canelo's attack momentarily.
Charlo tries to make his jab work for him but Canelo keeps marching him down. Canelo's shots are heavy and spiteful.
Charlo comes out and tries to double tap the jab, but Canelo is clever as usual, feinting and loading up that heavy right hand. He gets Charlo onto the ropes and lands big shots.
Charlo is working on the back foot trying to look for that counter punch, but Canelo is landing heavy blows, big shots to the body.
The opening bell sounds and we are off!
Both men circle each other, no punches are thrown. Neither one is a particularly fast starter, preferring instead to work clever and counter punch. Eventually a jab is thrown either way and Canelo finally settles in as the aggressor.
Charlo ties him up on the ropes and as the round ends, there is not much damage either way, as both men simply feel each other out.
Canelo has never been on the canvas in his career. Charlo has only been down once, early on, and never again. These two are true warriors.
The crowd erupts as Canelo makes his ring entry. Vegas is his town, and the crowd loves him. Lefty Sm and Santa Fe Klan accompany him to the ring singing their hit Por Mi México.
Jermell Charlo makes his ring entry to a chorus of boos from the largely Mexican crowd in Las Vegas. Canelo is king with this audience, and they won't let Charlo forget that while he is the light middleweight champion, here, tonight, he is just another challenger.
Sherée takes the center of the ring to sing a wonderful interpretation of the The Star Spangled Banner.
Danna Paola comes out to sing a rousing rendition of Mexicanos al grito de guerra.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Jermell Charlo (WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF super-middleweight titles)
Now we are ready for our main event! Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Jermell Charlo for the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF super-middleweight titles. This is what we are all here for!
Undisputed vs undisputed.
That seems to be one of the most insane decisions that I have ever seen!
I am not sure what happenend. This a travesty!
Erickson Lubin wins by UD
The judges scored it:
unanimously to Lubin! What in the world just happened?!?
We will have to listen to the judges cards to get the final verdict, but to my eye this was a wide score. I gave Lubin one round, the first, and then all of the rest went to Ramos. My card is 119-109 for Ramos, and that is ridiculous given that Lubin was never really hurt.
This is the last round and unless he gets a knockout, I can't see any way for Lubin to win this fight.
They come out and while Lubin is not hurt in any way, he is still reluctant to let his hands fly. They throw jabs and single shots until the bell.
Both fighters revert to circling each other in the middle of the ring, throwing single jabs. This kind of thing is fine for Ramos, he is way up on the score cards. But Lubin can't afford to simply sit here and paw at each other.
Lubin's corner is screaming at him to let his hands go, and when he does, he finds the mark. But far too often, he is far too reluctant.
Lubin begins to let his hands go a little and finds success with a good double jab and left hook. But it is not enough to stop Ramos forward march and Lubin needs to find a lot more of that if he wants to get back into this fight.
Overall this is a better round for Lubin, with Ramos a little slower, a little more ponderous. Still, he is walking his man down, but now is more prepared to grapple than in earlier rounds.
Lubin throws some good body shots on the inside but is still leaning too heavily toward single shots.
Ramos is walking Lubin down and Lubin begins to tie him up a bit more, bringing the fight inside and slowing Ramos down.
With 30 seconds to go in the round, Ramos lets a combo fly and Lubin can definitely feel it now.
While Ramos is working in odd number shots, threes and fives and even sevens at times, Lubin is throwing single shots and at most a one-two. It is simply not enough to have an effect on Ramos.
Ramos has consistently marched his way in and at no point has Lubin made Ramos pay for his hubris.
Lubin comes out a little more free flowing with his hands, but Ramos is relentless, marching him down. While Lubin is throwing more combos, Ramos is still outworking him.
Lubin is content to stay on the outside and Ramos continues to press the issue. This can't continue much longer, even if these shots aren't individually doing damage to Lubin, he can't simply take and take all night.
Ramos is lookiing tired, perhaps punching himself out early with his high work rate, but Lubin is still not ready to go on the attack. He better be careful that he doesn't give away too many rounds.
Ramos is throwing more punches as the round starts, touching with double jabs and going after Lubin's body.
As Ramos comes in to work the body, he is caught with a beautiful right hook that staggers him briefly. This looks to get Ramos' attention and he unloads a flurry at Lubin's body. Nothing hurtful, but definitely eye catching.
As if on cue, Ramos comes out in the second throwing more shots, landing combos to the body and walking Lubin down.
Lubin continues to circle the ring, as Ramos tries to cut him off and land his combos, Lubin throws shots back to keep Ramos honest.
In a boxing rarity, both fighters are working from the southpaw stance, and they fight gets going seeing both men cautious, wary of the other's power.
More work is coming from Lubin, but none of it is hurtful. Ramos comes back with some probing shots of his own.
As the rounds wear on, you feel that Lubin won't be able to maintain any kind of high work rate. As the older of the two fighters, he may need to look for more economy.
Jesus Alejandro Ramos Jr vs Erickson Lubin (super-welterweight)
Now we have a world title eliminator bout as Jesus Alejandro Ramos Jr takes on Erickson Lubin for the right to challenge for the WBA/WBC super-welterweight title.
Jesus Alejandro Ramos Jr is 20-0-0 with 16 KOs, while Erickson Lubin is 25-2-0 with 18 KOs.
That is exactly the right score. I had given a few of the middle rounds as a draw, that is how close they were, but as the fight wore on, Barrios clearly pulled out in front.
Mario Barrios wins by UD
The judges saw it:
for a unanimous decision to Mario Barrios.
Overall, that was a difficult fight to score. Yes, there were two 10-8 rounds in there but most of the other rounds were very close. Barrios clearly won it, but by surviving til the end, Ugas has made it closer than if should have been.
It should be pretty wide, I have it 117-112 to Barrios but without those two 10-8 rounds, it was even closer.
Let's see what the judges thought.
The final round here and Ugas' eye will be checked by the doctor yet again. He gives the ok for it to continue.
Ugas throws his hands in the air and as the round gets going a huge left hand from Barrios drops Ugas!
He gets up and is warned by the referee that he must show him something. Ugas tries to run away as Barrios presses the point, going for the stoppage. Ugas can't keep his mouthpiece in his mouth. After spitting it out twice, the referee deducts a point.
Ugas was likely trying to buy time by spitting his mouthpiece out to force it to go to a decision. And it may have worked.
Barrios is moments away from knocking Ugas out, but Ugas is wily and stepping away. He is finished but not yet ready to go down.
The bell sounds and it will go to the score cards.
The referee takes Ugas over to the doctor yet again. He is once again cleared but the swelling is getting worse, but for now it will go on.
Barrios comes out working hard, and while Ugas is pounding back, particularly with that right hand, Barrios must feel that the eye is his best shot at winning this.
Ugas lands another big right hand, and Barrios needs to be careful of that, when he tries to come in he is wide open for the counter.
Ugas is warned by the referee for a low blow.
Barrios catches Ugas with a great left and Ugas is in trouble! Barrios tries to press the advantage but Ugas is a tough nut to crack.
As the round gets started, the referee takes Ugas to be looked at by the doctors. Ugas is visibly upset by this, but his eye is very swollen. They clear him to continue.
Barrios stays on the gas with a high work rate, but Ugas is throwing hurtful shots at his body. Barrios is continuing to work the jab and having some success at it.
Barrios is the more active puncher in the ninth, but Ugas is drawing him onto body shots, and making him pay for each incursion.
The final 30 seconds sees both men square off in the center of the ring throwing punches and the most eye catching one was a beautiful combinatioin by Barrios as he catches Ugas with a left hook, left uppercut, and straight right.
Barrios comes out putting Ugas under pressure, backing him onto the ropes, but Ugas spins out of it.
Ugas is working the body of Barrios and gets a warning from the ref for a kidney shot.
As the round ends, both are trading yet again. This fight is so difficult to score!
Both men are having their successes as Barrios lands a flurry of punches and it is matched by a flurry coming back from Ugas.
A huge right hand by Ugas rocks Barrios with a minute to go in the round, and although Barrios comes back, Ugas lands another and then another. Barrios is wearing these shots well, but they are eye catching.
Ugas is working the body of Barrios, but is stopped and backed up by Barrios' right hand. The aggresson is coming once again from Barrios, and although Ugas' shots are spiteful, the number of punches that Barrios is landing are starting to have an effect as Ugas' nose begins pouring blood.
Ugas lands a huge right hand well after the bell and is warned by the referee.
Much as round four ended, so begins round five. Barrios is throwing more punches, but many of them are being blocked by Ugas, while the more hurtful of the punches are coming from the Cuban.
The round ends with both men trading in the middle of the ring.
Now it is the turn of Barrios to come out and try to regain the upper hand. He goes after Ugas and lands a flurry of combinations, but Ugas is able to stop his attack with a great right hand. The momentum shifts to both fighters in turn, first one way, then the other, until the bell puts an end to the round.
Ugas comes out with a bit of urgency about him. He wants to level that 10-8 round quickly and goes to work on Barrios' body. Ugas' right hand is landing with authority and Barrios is hurt!
Ugas presses the point and Barrios goes down at the bell, but it is clearly a slip rather than a knockdown.
Ugas comes out and tries to press the attack, slipping as he comes in for a jab. The crowd get animated, thinking that it was a hit, but it was a slip.
Barrios steps forward and tries to press the advantage, but Ugas comes back with a strong right hand.
As the round comes to a close, Barrios throws a short jab that catches Ugas off balance and sends him to the mat! He looks more bemused than hurt but that will put him on the back foot in this fight.
Both fighters come out working in the orthodox stance, and the fight starts slowly, with both men pawing at each other, circling, sizing up their opponent.
Barrios goes in with a combo toward the body of Ugas, but quickly goes back outside as Ugas responds with a one-two of his own.
They are cautious as the bell ends the round.
Yordenis Ugas vs Mario Barrios (WBC interim welterweight title)
Now a title fight as Yordenis Ugas will take on Mario Barrios for the WBC interim welterweight belt in a 12 round contest.
Preliminary undercard bouts
Three preliminary undercard fights took place before the beginning of our coverage.
Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs Isaac Rodrigues (light-heavyweight) ended with a win by former world champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk in the second round by TKO.
Terrell Gausha vs KeAndrae Leatherwood (middleweight) saw former Olympian Gausha win a back and forth eight round bout by majority decision.
Frank Sanchez vs Scott Alexander (heavyweight) saw Sanchez win by TKO in the fourth round when Alexander's corner threw in the towel.
Garcia wins by KO
This round starts as a war and Garcia lands a big left that snaps Resendiz's head back. The onslaught continues as Resendiz charges in. Another left finds the mark and then a right hook puts Resendiz on the canvas!
An eight count sees Resendiz come back out, still in trouble. His legs look to have left him, and Garcia presses his advantage putting pressure on Resendiz and getting him on the ropes. Combos landed with no response sees referee Tony Weeks step in and put a halt to proceedings.
Garcia wins by KO with a minute and a half left in the round.
Garcia is working great combinations and while Resendiz clearly doesn't have the single-punch power that Garcia does, those little jabs are keeping the Mexican in the fight. Garcia's nose is pouring blood as testament to the fact that Resendiz is indeed landing those jabs.
They trade toe to toe but again the harder, more damaging shots are coming from Garcia.
It is now the turn of Garcia to work the combinations and Resendiz is looking to unload. As Garcia begins to let his hands fly, there is a clear separation in the two. Resendiz looks like he is out of ideas and Garcia seems to be warming into the fight. All of Garcia's combinations are landing and Resendiz's head movement is poor, taking all of it on the chin.
Both fighters are visibly slowing but sticking to their overall game plans. Garcia has upped his punch output and starts to land jabs, setting up that back hand. Resendiz tries to take the fight inside but it is ineffective for him and quickly they return to stick-and-move boxing.
Resendiz comes out at the top of the round trying to build on his successes in round three, pushing forward but stopped in his tracks by a stiff left from Garcia that snaps Reendiz's head back.
Garcia begins to work behind that jab more than he has been doing so far, and while Resendiz is perhaps landing more shots, the bigger more spiteful shots have been by Garcia.
Garcia is looking for that one big shot, which you have to feel is a mistake. Rather than work in multiples, he is trying to load up, and in the meantime, he is taking a lot of punishment from Resendiz. Garcia is heavily bleeding from the nose.
Garcia ups his work rate and lands some good shots, but his assault is stopped dead at ten seconds left in the round when Resendiz stuns Garcia with a right hook. The bell sees both trading toe to toe.
Both men continue their work rate from round one, with Resendiz moving consistently to Garcia's right.
With a minute to go in the round, the tippy-tappy jabs that Resendiz has been throwing begin to combine and Garcia looks stunned. Resendiz lands some good combos, with both right and left hands landing flush on Garcia's chin.
Garcia pushes Resendiz back with his brute force, but the number of shots landed are heavily in the Mexican's favor.
Garcia comes out working from the southpaw stance with Resendiz working orthodox. Resendiz is the more aggressive of the two, with Garcia probing and feeling his opponent out. Resendiz is landing tons of tapping jabs, doing no damage, while Garcia is looking more to unload power.
With a minute to go in the round, Garcia finds a great uppercut/overhand left combo and then with 15 seconds left he unloaded a powerful left that staggers Resendiz. He recovers quickly but that is an example of the power that Garcia packs.
Garcia is already listed as a top-15 fighter and is hoping for tonight to be his first step toward making a push for a middleweight world title in the coming year.
Elijah Garcia vs Jose Armando Resendiz (middleweight)
Now we get the evening started with the undercard middleweight bout between Elijah Garcia and Jose Armando Resendiz.
Scheduled for ten rounds, Garcia comes into this fight 15-0 with 12 KOs and Resendiz comes in at 14-1 with 10 KOs.
The Full Card
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Jermell Charlo(WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF super-middleweight titles)
Yordenis Ugas vs Mario Barrios (WBC interim welterweight title)
Jesus Alejandro Ramos Jr vs Erickson Lubin (super-welterweight)
Elijah Garcia vs Jose Armando Resendiz (middleweight)
Frank Sanchez vs Scott Alexander (heavyweight)
Gabriel Valenzuela vs Yeis Gabriel Solano (super-lightweight)
Terrell Gausha vs KeAndrae Leatherwood (middleweight)
Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs Isaac Rodrigues (light-heavyweight)
Curmel Moton vs Ezequiel Flores (super-featherweight)
Justin Viloria vs Angel Barrera (super-featherweight)
The main card is set to get underway at 8 pm ET / 5 am PT.
Tale of the tape
Saul “Canelo” Álvarez
Height: 5ft 8in
Height: 6ft 0in
Of the many titles that he has won at four different weight divisions, Santos Saul “Canelo” Álvarez is currently the undisputed super middleweight champion. His opponent will be stepping up two weights, which should favor the Mexican, but it isn’t as if Jermell Charlo is a fly-by-night boxer. He is the undisputed light middleweight champion, a status that he has held since 2019.
We take a look at Canelo's fortune for you here.
This Saturday, Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez returns to the T-Mobile ring in Las Vegas to face Jermell Charlo, who is in the best moment of his career. Both come to the fight with the status of undisputed champions, although the Mexican is a clear favorite for the betting houses.
Canelo Álvarez is getting ready for one of the biggest fights of his career. The Mexican will be facing Jermell Charlo on September 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a fight where the American will go up two weight divisions - from light middleweight to super middleweight- to try to become a two-time undisputed champion.
Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez may be only 33, but he has already dedicated more than half his life to boxing. In 2013, he was anointed by the legendary Floyd Mayweather, who selected him to challenge him in a highly anticipated match in Las Vegas. Since then, Canelo has achieved numerous accomplishments in the ring, including winning multiple world titles in four weight classes.
We take a look at the Mexican legend right here.
As Jermell Charlo prepares for his bout against Canelo Alvarez, he faces the challenge of entering the ring without his usual support system in his corner. Unlike his past demeanor, Charlo appears remarkably composed and calm leading up to the most significant fight of his career.
Welcome to Diario AS USA’s live coverage of the super middleweight bout between Saul “Canelo” Álvarez vs. Jermell Charlo, as once again boxing’s biggest box office draw returns to the mecca of boxing, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Few fights or fighters come more anticipated than those by Santos Saul “Canelo” Álvarez, and even by his standards, this is one of the best matchups possible.
The undisputed super middleweight champion has taken so many belts at so many weights that Canelo is seen as a sure thing by his army of supporters. But this time is different. Tonight, Canelo will not only be facing a champion, but another undisputed champion in Jermell Charlo.
Charlo is stepping up two weights from his normal light middleweight in order to meed Canelo at super middle. Both men weighed in at 167.4 pounds and all the signs point to tonight being the biggest challenge of Canelo’s long and storied career.
There are solid reasons to sway toward either fighter, and while Canelo is the heavy favorite, there are some big names in boxing who have come out picking Charlo to win. Most recently legendary trainer Freddie Roach has made a U-turn on his previous prediction, stating that after watching both fighters’ most recent bouts, he is convinced that Charlo will be too much for Canelo.
A video recently did the rounds on social media of Oscar De La Hoya breaking down Canelo’s weaknesses and just how he can be beaten, noting that any fighter who emulates Bivol’s style should handle Canelo easily. For his part, however, Canelo still refuses to believe that Bivol can actually beat him, citing injuries that he had during their bout.
On the other hand, the fact that Charlo hasn’t fought in two years favors Canelo, no matter how sharp he looked at the time. With a long delay between bouts, any fighter is going to have to knock some rust off, including an undisputed champion.