Howdy and welcome to T-Cellular Area for tonight’s showdown between Canelo Álvarez and Jermell Charlo. We’ve obtained a captivating primary occasion within the offing as Charlo, the undisputed champion at 154lbs from Houston, is shifting up two weight lessons to problem for Álvarez’s WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles at 168lbs. But whereas Charlo is the fighter shifting up, it’s the Mexican star who’s conceding 4 inches in top and two and a half inches in attain.
Álvarez will go off as a roughly 4/1 favourite, however tonight’s battle ought to go a good distance towards exhibiting us the place the 33-year-old Mexican star actually stands at this level in his profession. He suffered his first defeat in practically a decade with a unanimous-decision loss to Dmitry Bivol in Might 2022 – which happened at 175lbs and didn’t value him his tremendous middleweight belts – and has since rebounded with straightforward wins over a pale Gennady Golovkin and an outclassed John Ryder. However Charlo expects to supply a special caliber of take a look at, whatever the weight distinction.
We’re about midway by the pay-per-view undercard with the Álvarez and Charlo anticipated to make their ringwalks in about an hour’s time.
Bryan will probably be right here shortly. Within the meantime right here’s Thomas Hauser’s retrospective from this week on heavyweight boxing’s battle scars.