Veteran boxing analyst Atty. Ed Tolentino said he felt that undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo barely gave the effort to win the fight against the undisputed super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez when they shared the ring this past weekend.
The 33-year-old Charlo, who now holds a professional boxing record of 35-2-1 with 19 knockouts, moved up two weight divisions to challenge Alvarez for his belts at 168 pounds.
He, however, seemed to refuse to engage all night resulting in a lopsided unanimous decision loss.
“We were totally disappointed with the performance of Charlo,” Tolentino said in an interview on Sparring Sessions LIVE.
“He had a really bad performance as if he was just there for the payday. We knew he was going up two weight classes, but even an unknown John Ryder gave Canelo a tougher fight.”
In Round 7, Charlo was reduced to a knee after he absorbed a big overhand right from the Mexican pound-for-pound superstar. Towards the end, Charlo’s corner urged him to fight him with urgency only for the instruction to fall on deaf ears.
“Even his trainer said he was losing the fight and he had to do something, but he did nothing,” Tolentino stated.
“He was there to survive. It was so lopsided and Charlo’s performance was so disappointing. It takes two to tango in boxing and only Alvarez came to tango.”
—JMB, GMA Integrated News