By Rich Cheney: Junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo is picking IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) to stop Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) in the 11th round in their long awaited fight on September 16 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jermell, 27, likes Golovkin’s punching power, head movement and speed in the Canelo fight. He thinks Canelo will come out respecting Golovkin a little too much early in the fight and will wind up losing to him. Jermell then sees him and his brother former IBF 154lb champion Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) taking over the middleweight division.
Jermall is fighting this Saturday night against Jorge Sebastian Heiland (29-4-2, 16 KOs) in a WBC 160lb title eliminator on July 29 on Showtime Championship Boxing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The winner of the Charlo-Heiland fight will be Golovkin’s WBC mandatory challenger.
“I got Triple G in that fight,” said Jermell to Thatboxingvoice in picking Golovkin to beat Canelo. “A lot of people are choosing Canelo, but I got Triple G. Triple G has been doing his thing. He’s been excelling, getting better, faster. He’s getting stronger now. He’s got good feet, good head movement, and he’s got punching power,” said Charlo
Charlo could prove to be correct with his prediction of GGG taking the Canelo fight. We shall soon see. The fight takes place in less than 2 months on September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin is still the favorite to win the fight with the boxing odds-makers, but a lot of people are jumping on board the Canelo ship because of Triple G’s last 2 fights against Danny Jacobs and Kell Brook. Those were two fighters that used speed, movement and combination punching to find success at times against GGG. Both of them lost to him, but they had their moments.
Charlo and his brother Jermall stand a better chance of getting a fight against Golovkin than they do Canelo, being that Triple G is not as protective in guarding his career as the redheaded Mexican star is. Canelo’s fights are setup by his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions, and they’re selective in who they match him against. That’s just the way it is.
Canelo is the top earlier for Golden Boy, so it makes sense for them go guard him to make sure he doesn’t get put in too many situations where he could lose. Canelo has only been put in 4 risky fights during his career in his fights with Miguel Cotto, Erislandy Lara, Austin Trout and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Canelo was the one that wanted to fight Lara and Trout. If not for him, those fights wouldn’t have happened.
If Canelo hadn’t fought Lara and Trout, then his only 2 difficult fights up to this point in his career would be Cotto and Mayweather. You can’t count Cotto, 36, as a difficult fight for Canelo because the Puerto Rican fighter is old and small at 5’7”. Canelo was always going to win that fight based on his size advantage. So when you remove Cotto, Lara and Trout from Canelo’s toughest fights, it leaves you with just Mayweather.
Golden Boy has not been interested in putting Canelo in risky fights. They’re making the fight now with Golovkin, but likely only because he’s 35-years-old now and coming off of 2 non-impressive performances. There’s a lot of money for Canelo to make in the GGG fight. If Golden Boy waited too long to put Canelo in with Golovkin, they might have made the mistake of waiting too long and Golovkin would be beaten. The money for Canelo goes dramatically once Golovkin loses to someone.
Golden Boy is making the Canelo-Golovkin fight now only because they have no other choice in my opinion. They can no longer afford to wait. They’re willing to risk Canelo getting beaten in order to get the big payday that comes with him fighting Golovkin.
Canelo might come out respecting him a little bit too early, and that’s going to be the end of it,” said Charlo about the GGG fight. ”Yeah, I bet he is. I believe so,” said Jermell in predicting a knockout win for GGG. “In the 11th round; just like [David] Lemieux. He should. He will. He’s good, and there we go my and we take over,” said Jermell.
Jermell’s comments about Golovkin getting a knockout of Canelo in the later rounds goes with what his trainer Abel Sanchez is saying. He thinks that Golovkin will wear Canelo down with his physical style and knock him out in the later rounds. Sanchez insists that Golovkin will not be fighting Canelo anything like what we saw from Triple G in his last fight on March 18 against Danny Jacobs. Golovkin used his boxing ability to grind out a 12 round unanimous decision.
Golovkin jabbed Jacobs for 12 rounds instead of slugging with him. It worked for Golovkin, but it was close at the end. Sanchez wants Golovkin to use a more physical style against Canelo to get the win. Jermell thinks Canelo will give away the fight in the early part by being too cautious, and this will enable Golovkin to wear him down and knock him out. I don’t think it really matters to be honest.
If Canelo comes out fast out of the starting blocks on September 16, he’s going to have just as much problems with Golovkin than if he were to start slowly with his offense. It’s quite possible that if Canelo started fighting toe-to-toe with Triple G right off the bat, he could get taken out and stopped within 4 rounds. By brawling, Canelo would give Golovkin plenty of chances to land his big power shots in the fight. That’s what he wants to do. Golovkin wants to put hands on Canelo, and fight at a fast pace to wear him down to get the stoppage.
Jermell is planning on moving up to middleweight soon and taking over the division along with his brother Jermall. Jermell is not concerned at all that he may have problems getting the big fights for him and Jermall. He’s with manager Al Haymon, and he’s confident that he’ll be able to get them the big fights.
“We got a good manager. I know he’ll take care of us, and make sure we get what we need,” said Jermell about him and his brother Jermall getting title shots at middleweight against the likes of Golovkin and Saul Canelo Alvarez. “It happens in the sport, people that are close wind up fighting each other,” said Jermell in talking about Jermall possibly fighting Danny Jacobs in the future. “You can’t know until you get in the ring.”
Jacobs will have to fight Jermall sooner or later once Golovkin is out of the picture. They’ll have no other choice but to fight each other if they want to prove who the top dog in the division is. I don’t think Canelo is going to want any part of fighting Charlo or Jacobs. With Golden Boy keeping Canelo away from those two big sluggers, it’s going to leave the division up to Charlo and Jacobs. They can either slice up the division among themselves or fight it out to have a guy that rules the division with an iron fist. Jacobs is a little bit older than Jermall. It would be in Jacobs’ best interest to take the fight with Jermall sooner rather than later. I don’t know how much longer Jacobs can make the 160 lb. limit. He looked huge in the Golovkin fight. Jacobs might need to clear out and move up to 168, and leave the middleweight division to Jermell and Jermall to dominate.