It is official! Canelo Álvarez will face Jermell Charlo in what promises to be an exciting fight night. The stage? The iconic T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The date? September 30th. And guess what? It’s broadcasted LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Now, if you’re a boxing fan, you already know Canelo’s illustrious career. At just 33, he’s defended his WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO super middleweight world titles like a champ. Charlo, the undisputed junior middleweight world kingpin, is no pushover. He’s taking a bold leap, aiming to emulate legends like Sugar Ray Leonard by jumping two weight categories to snatch a world title. It’s the first fight between two undisputed champions in the four-belt era.
Pre-sale tickets drop on August 10 from 10 a.m. PT till 10 p.m. PT. Make sure you’re on AXS.com and punch in the code: PBC. For those who miss the pre-sale, don’t fret! General sale begins on August 11 at 10 a.m. PT, again on AXS.com.
What the Promoters Say
Tom Brown, the big guy at TGB Promotions, is stoked! He believes that both fighters, with their relentless drive to be the best, have set the scene for an epic clash between the best in their divisions. Stephen Espinoza from SHOWTIME SPORTS® shares the excitement, highlighting the uniqueness of this duel of two undisputed champions.
Hailing from Guadalajara, Mexico, Canelo has claimed world titles across 154, 160, 168, and 175-pounds. He’s no stranger to super fights. Remember November 2021? He became undisputed at super middleweight, knocking out Caleb Plant. After a hiccup against Dmitriy Bivol, he returned to defeat legends like Gennadiy Golovkin and John Ryder. Floyd Mayweather might have defeated him once, but Canelo’s list of conquests reads like a who’s who of boxing.
Representing Houston, Charlo’s journey is nothing short of cinematic. His last significant bout saw him knocking out Brian Castaño. Back in 2020, he became a unified champion, showcasing his talent by flooring Jeison Rosario. He’s avenged his only career loss against Tony Harrison, reclaiming the WBC belt in a breathtaking face-off. Charlo, trained by the celebrated Derrick James, has a legacy intertwined with his twin, Jermall. Together, they made history in 2016, becoming the first twins to simultaneously be world champs in the same category.
Final Words from the Fighters
Canelo seems poised and ready, expressing his enthusiasm for this mega fight between two undisputed champions. Charlo, equally passionate, is prepped to carve out a historic moment on September 30. He’s confident, even suggesting Canelo will get a taste of what ‘Lions Only’ truly means
“Thank you to Jermell for accepting this bout. I’m thrilled to be in such a privileged spot and take part in in such huge fights. Jermell’s a great opponent who, like me, doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Taking leaps is in my nature.
Jermell has always been an exceptional fighter and our clash has been speculated for ages. The stars have aligned, and the timing feels just right now.
I’ll put forth my everything – my expertise, might, and talent. Winning won’t be a cakewalk. It promises to be a spectacle for the audience.
The rumors about me losing my edge don’t bother me. I recognize my shortcomings in my previous fights . I’ve evolved and am gearing up for a novel style of combatant.
This bout has my undivided attention. Post this, we’ll see where the wind takes us. People crave for theatrics on stages like these, but when two warriors are laser-focused, it assures an epic fight.
He brags about his accolades, but I’ve been there, done that, and worn the T-shirt. Our D-day on September 30 will reveal who stands tall.
These bouts fuel my passion. September 30 promises to be an epoch-making evening for the sport.”
“The moment is here. Canelo and Eddy are boxing legends. aim to overshadow their legacy.
My brother, Jermall, and I have always boxing and now it’s our era.
My mission is simple – to silence the critics and convert the skeptics. I’ve been an ardent student of boxing, and now’s my chance to etch my legacy. When two legends clash, it’s bound to be huge. This opportunity was too golden to pass up.
I’ll train like there’s no tomorrow. Weight categories are just numbers; my spirit is undeterred. The thrill is palpable.
My sheer willpower and drive will pave my way to victory. Expect a roaring spectacle.
Excuses are for the weak. I’m here to clinch the title, irrespective of popular opinion.
My pride lies in challenging and conquering the best in the business. This September 30, don’t miss out. A revolution awaits.”
EDDY REYNOSO, Canelo’s Trainer and Manager
“We stand here in NYC, heralding what promises to be an iconic duel. The contrasting styles of Charlo and Canelo make it a dream matchup.
Charlo’s legacy and Derrick James’ mentoring make him dangerous. He’s bounced back from setbacks, amplifying his danger quotient. He’s demonstrated that setbacks can pave the way for grand opportunities.
This won’t be a walk in the park. Charlo can turn the tables anytime, and we’re prepping for all contingencies.
Expect a great fight. A reinvented Canelo will enter the ring this time.”
DERRICK JAMES, Charlo’s Trainer
“Jermell Charlo has been itching for this. This is his golden ticket to global fame. Canelo’s consistency, backed by a solid mentorship, is admirable. Sustaining such form in boxing is a feat.
Jermell needs to be on top of his game. He requires unwavering concentration, both during prep and in the ring. He’s driven, and that drive stems from his authenticity.
Come fight night, Jermell will be at ease with his weight. He’s ambitious. He aims for unparalleled feats across weight categories.
It boils down to both warriors leveraging their strengths.”