Two of the best fighters in boxing faced off for undisputed super middleweight gold. Canelo Alvarez, the natural fighter at 168, dismantled Jermell Charlo, a natural super welterweight, to retain his status as champion at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo, who earned his 60th win in a legendary career, successfully defended his status as undisputed champion for a third time. The fight went the distance, with the judges scoring it 119-108, 118-109, and 118-109 in favor of the Mexican warrior.
MORE: Full card results for Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo
Charlo, who was dropped for the first time ever in Round 7, lost the second fight of his pro career. In the ring, Canelo dominated all aspects, landing 134 of 385 shots (35%) compared to 71 of 398 for Charlo (18%). Canelo also landed 78 of his power shots.
Boxers, celebrities, and powerful figures were at the fight. There were plenty of moments to talk about on social media, from Canelo’s dominance to Charlo’s lackadaisical performance.
The Sporting News compiled reactions to the fight, highlighting discussions about the competitors and Canelo’s win.
Congratulations @Canelo you made the so called lion look like a baby cub.
— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) October 1, 2023
Canelo looking like he didn’t break a sweat during this fight ????
“Nobody can beat this Canelo.” ????
— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) October 1, 2023
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) October 1, 2023
canelo hearing people thought he lost a step pic.twitter.com/NnGPjvbAlD
— Conner Burks (@connerburks) October 1, 2023
— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) October 1, 2023
Round 12 = more of the same. CANELO, because he was bigger, stronger and more powerful, wins easily. But Charlo has nothing to be ashamed off. Fought a damn good fight, but just didn’t have the strength to keep CANELO honest. Only landed 18% of his punches.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) October 1, 2023
I like all combat sports but MMA just far more dangerous and that’s why it’ll always have the most interesting fights. #CaneloCharlo
— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) October 1, 2023
All Canelo, all the time. #CaneloCharlo
— Brian Campbell (@BCampbell) October 1, 2023
Charlo, a junior middleweight, is in there with a guy who has fought at 175 pounds. The power is so different. Canelo eating these punches like nothing. Charlo is doing his best. He’s just in there with a monster. I mean, look at Canelo’s back. That dude was born to punch folks.
— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) October 1, 2023
Gotta shoot charlo just shoot
— Tony Harrison (@Iamboxing) October 1, 2023
Only one person came to fight tonight.
— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) October 1, 2023
Some people just built differently
— Franchón Crews-Dezurn (@TheHHDiva) October 1, 2023
Charlo hasn’t made a committed effort to try to win this fight all night. He showed up for a check and is fighting like a guy more focused on not getting hurt than he is to win #canelocharlo
— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) October 1, 2023