WBC, WBA middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) hosted a convention name with reporters on Tuesday to debate his upcoming 12-round battle towards WBA tremendous middleweight champion Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis. The occasion can be streamed reside on DAZN.
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Q. How essential is it so that you can be making historical past to develop into a three-division world champion?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It’s essential to be in that record of about ten Mexicans to turn out to be three-division world champions, so essential to enter historical past. That’s why I’m right here taking on this essential battle, and it’s essential that we win this title.
Q. Rocky has by no means fought you earlier than. And on this sense, how do you see this battle?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: No battle is straightforward. It’s not a secret that I’m a higher fighter and that I’m extra skilled, however I’m taking a risk by getting into into a consolation zone of a champion and his weight, that’s a risk, and that risk makes it even.
It makes it fascinating. No battle is straightforward, so I’m getting ready for a arduous battle. I do know that rocky is used to receiving punches from one other weight class and I do know that he’s taller. It’s not a simple struggle, and I’m getting ready for the most effective Rocky Fielding and to make it possible for there are not any surprises.
Q. Final month you stated that you’d be prepared to struggle Floyd Mayweather once more if he was within the battle. I’m curious what’s the lowest weight that you can get right down to a struggle with Mayweather can be that you’d nonetheless have the power to show in a respectable efficiency, and the way that flight would play out in a different way this time?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I can’t go down additional than 160 kilos. If that battle have been to happen, it must be at 160 kilos.
Q. What do you are feeling you’ve discovered within the time you fought Floyd the primary time to make it extra aggressive and a battle which you can win? And this goes for Eddy, as nicely.
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I’m a extra full fighter now. I might be far more aggressive. I’ve a lot extra expertise. I’ve improved a lot, so it will be totally different.
It was expertise who defeated me that night time and that’s why it was a boring battle, as nicely, as a result of he didn’t do an excessive amount of to me, both. It was expertise and I’m a far more mature fighter. I’m a higher fighter than the fighter that fought that night time.
It will be very totally different. After Mayweather, we’ve confronted excellent fighters. We fought Miguel Cotto, GGG twice. Will probably be totally different, and he’s a extra full fighter now with extra expertise. If this struggle have been to occur once more, we might defeat him, no drawback.
Q. Ryan Garcia only recently joined your camp coaching with Eddy. What are your ideas on Ryan as a fighter, and what has it been like having him in your camp coaching alongside you?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: He’s a good child. He likes to study. He likes to coach. He has self-discipline, and that’s what we like, and he’s a gifted fighter so it’s good having him within the fitness center. I do know that Eddy will do a nice job with him and I consider that he’ll train him a lot in order that he can obtain all that he needs to realize in his profession.
Q. What was your course of in electing to maneuver as much as 168 for this specific battle? Was it the attract of a belt? Was it not eager to get right down to 160 once more? What was in your thoughts the rationale for doing this specific battle?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: Proper now the objective, the target, is to battle for this world title and win on December 15 after which return to 160 factors the place I do greatest. If we’ll be shifting up and down these divisions, we didn’t know, however proper now our aim is to get the title to middleweight.
Q. Fielding is far, a lot taller than Canelo. Are you phased by the large peak distinction between the 2 of you?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: You understand, it doesn’t fear me, the peak distinction. We’re working towards that. We can be working to get into it to protect, so it doesn’t fear to me in any respect. I’m a fighter who can adapt, and that’s what I’ll be doing once I battle him.
Q. The battle with Golovkin was not that way back. Numerous fighters, particularly after the magnitude of that occasion, a lot of fighters would take a lot of day off. What was the rationale to leap proper again within the ring? Not that we’re upset to see you preventing so shortly, however did you consider taking extra outing? It appeared a little extra rushed than typical Canelo Álvarez.
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It’s as a result of I had relaxation for one yr. I wish to be preventing. I wish to be lively, at the least having two fights a yr, and that’s why we needed to do that so quick.
I really like boxing. If I might struggle each month, I might love that. I really like what I do and that’s what has maintained me the place I’m proper now.
Q. As one of many solely fighters from México to headline there, do you assume that you’ll make Madison Sq. Backyard your property, over T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: Sure, I would really like it to be the primary of many fights there. To struggle in New York is one other landmark in my profession and is one other necessary story in my profession. I want to battle there, and as an alternative of being the primary or the final, I would like it to be the primary of many extra.
Q. How many individuals have subscribed to DAZN because the announcement with CaneloÁlvarez?
CHEPO REYNOSO: They haven’t given us that info. We should go to that after the battle and they’ll give us extra info. However the feedback are good and they’re very comfortable.
It’s essential for them to hitch the market right here in U.S., and who else higher than Canelo, who just isn’t solely the most important star in boxing, however one of many largest stars in all of sport. So, they’re very glad proper now, and I will probably be completely satisfied to offer you extra particulars after this battle.
Q. Rocky Fielding says that when he noticed the peak of Canelo, it gave him a lot extra confidence. So how do you see your self going about this struggle?
EDDY REYNOSO: We’ll be shifting up in weight, and when a boxer does that, he’s principally experimenting. We all know that we now have a nice fighter in entrance of us and thatCanelo can be getting ready properly, so peak gained’t be a drawback to us. He’ll adapt to these sort of fighters and he has labored with these sort of boxers all through his profession. I’ve little question that he’ll achieve success on this struggle.
Q. There’s a lot of speak about GGG going over to DAZN now. Are you hoping he does so you possibly can battle him once more?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: He can do no matter he needs and he can do no matter is handy for him. I did my factor, so to every his personal.
And relating to the fights we’ll see sooner or later, like I stated, I’m all prepared to make a third battle, if we made two, I’ll make a third one.
Q. How essential is it to you to knockout Fielding early and present your energy at a new weight?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Profitable by a KO is all the time spectacular, and I’m getting ready to make the most effective of it on this battle by any approach, by any means vital. I’m going to offer the whole lot within the ring, and I’m all the time going to search for the KO as I do in my fights; and if I do, that’s good, and if not, I’ll simply make sure that I give a good struggle to the followers at Madison Sq. Backyard.
Q. Will you be preventing at 160 after this? That is simply a one-off; proper?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: When it’s carried out, I’ll come again to 160 kilos.
Q. You’ve had some spectacular victories in your profession, the place would this accomplishment with fielding match within the prime 5?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I’ve had many fights, and I’ve fought many nice fighters, Trout, Cotto, Mosley, GGG, Mayweather, many fights that I’ve had.
Every struggle is essential as a result of it teaches you one thing, and I take this battle as necessary because the earlier fights. So I’m doing the identical factor in coaching, making it simply as essential and in every battle, there’s a risk. So I’m coaching exhausting to attenuate that risk, however each struggle is necessary, and I’m taking this struggle as necessary because the others.
Q. You’ve twice talked about going again to 160. How essential is it, with all of the expertise that’s there, so that you can go down and to wash out and unify towards somebody in that division?
CANELO ALVAREZ: It’s essential to have nice fights at any weight. To return at 160 the place I really feel greatest, that’s what I bear in mind, to return to 160 and do what I all the time do, which is search for one of the best fights.
Q. Eric, so again when he was arising, there have been some statistics of how good he was, however then when he knocked out Baldomir, that sensational knockout, it awakened a lot of individuals. From that time on, how troublesome was it so that you can maintain him again as a result of I do know he needed the Trout battle sooner than perhaps you guys needed it, and I do know he needed a lot of fights. Are you able to speak about his want and the objectives and the place he’s at now?
ERIC GOMEZ: You realize, Canelo is a particular fighter. He’s a particular athlete. He was all the time very, very — even at 18 years previous, I imply, he was all the time very mature for his age, and he’s robust, like several fighter. I imply, they need to battle one of the best, and we all the time needed to maintain him again.
Once we did — and also you keep in mind this, since you have been round — once we did the battle with Austin Trout, I used to be towards it, however he was adamant that he needed that struggle. He was adamant that he needed to battle and there was one thing that he knew, and he noticed that we didn’t. Clearly, we went with the struggle as a result of he was adamant, and he actually pressured our hand. However he’s all the time had that confidence about him.
The identical goes with the Golovkin battle. If it was as much as us, we might have waited a minimum of another yr, however he needed it and he pressured it. All the large fights, even the Mayweather struggle, we didn’t assume it was the correct time to do the might climate battle; he needed to, however he’s all the time been very assured in his means, and he’s simply all the time had that about him.
Q. Do you assume he can be the primary individual to knock Floyd out?
ERIC GOMEZ: Oh, undoubtedly. Floyd doesn’t need any of Canelo now. Floyd took the struggle on the proper time. He was preventing a fighter that, you already know, was very younger, 21 on the time. He didn’t have the expertise. Floyd beat him with expertise, that’s all he did, however now, it might be a totally different story. Floyd, he doesn’t need to face Canelo.
Q. Thanks for taking trip at this time. You talked firstly of the decision about all the good Mexican worlds champions within the sport, with you included. At this level proper now, the place do you assume you’re among the many all-time nice Mexican fighters?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I’m the fallacious individual to reply that. I haven’t completed with my profession but, and I’m unsure the place I’ll be positioned in that record, so I might not wish to reply that query.
Q. How a lot does this imply to you to make historical past? Not many Mexican fighters have gone on to win three world titles in three totally different weight courses. What would this imply to you on a private degree?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It’s essential to win this title. It might put me within the prime 10 Listing of Mexican world champions, so it’s essential to win this title.
Q. A pair questions for Chepo. You’ve been with Canelo from the start. The place do you view him proper now alongside all of the all-time nice Mexicans?
CHEPO REYNOSO: I feel it’s not the second but. He’s nonetheless making historical past. When he finishes, historical past will put him the place he corresponds.
Proper now, it’s untimely as a result of he’s too younger and has too a few years forward of him. It might even be a lack of perspective to reply the query for the best fighters in historical past.
So proper now he’s doing his job and when he’s accomplished, the individuals making these lists can put him the place he corresponds, so it’s necessary to maintain profitable. It’s too untimely to make that decision now, however sooner or later, individuals answerable for that may put him the place he corresponds.
Q. The place do you assume Canelo may be ranked when his profession is all stated and accomplished?
CHEPO REYNOSO: Like I say, I can’t speak proper now. I can’t reply that proper now. But when we’re speaking about proper now, he would clearly be the most effective fighters in historical past. He’s had nice moments and nice wins and till this second he has gained titles in two divisions, and he beat the beforehand seated greatest prime fighter. So, if we’re speaking about now, he will probably be thought-about top-of-the-line fighters in Mexican historical past.
Q. And another for you, Chepo. You’ve skilled 154, 160 and 168. What have you ever achieved in another way from 160 to 168 for Canelo?
CHEPO REYNOSO: It’s all totally different, 154 kilos, 160 kilos, 168 kilos, what he places on his physique goes to be totally different on the subject of what he’s consuming, carbohydrates. Additionally, the power coaching is totally different in every division, however thank God, issues have been going properly for us.
Q. Earlier than you signed the contract with DAZN, had you ever heard of DAZN? Do you know they have been streaming, versus tv? What was your information of DAZN and their enterprise?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: You already know, the DAZN emblem I might see it, however to be honest, I had no concept what it was, the way it was managed till the supply got here to me. However to be honest, I didn’t know what it was earlier than.
Q. So now that you simply’re clearly the face of DAZN, have you ever subscribed to it? Have you ever checked it out? Have you ever seen how the stream seems to be? Are you speaking about it with your folks and your followers?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: Yeah, I downloaded it. I’ve it on my telephone. I’ve seen fights on it, I’ve related it to my TV and I’ve it on my telephone proper now. It’s all the time up to date with what is occurring.
Q. Do you assume it’s going to take a lot — I do know it’s not costly. I’ve it and it really works extraordinarily properly. How a lot do you assume it’s going to take to get your followers, boxing followers, to interrupt what they’re used to and to make the transition? Upon getting it, it’s extraordinarily straightforward to make use of, however you must get them to take that first step. How a lot of a spokesperson will you be to attempt to persuade your legions of followers that that is a strategy to watch my fights?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: Not a lot, as a result of my followers need to watch me.
Q. It’s one factor to win all of the fights that you simply’ve gained, to win your title, to turn into a prime celebrity champion in boxing and you then signal the report contract with DAZN. Did you’re taking extra satisfaction in being a champion or understanding that you simply signed the richest deal within the historical past of sports activities?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: All collectively, clearly, being champion, being the most effective fighters, after which even this contract, it needed to move by way of all of that, you need to be the perfect, clearly. Crucial factor for me is to make historical past. The remaining will come collectively. To be one of many Mexicans with the ability to obtain this profitable contract for me is an honor.
Q. You, Canelo, would be the eighth fighter in historical past to battle at Madison Sq. Backyard and the primary as the primary occasion in about 35 years. How particular is it so that you can be doing this?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It fills me with a lot of satisfaction as a result of I do know nice fighters have fought there, like Muhammad Ali, and to say extra fighters can be pointless.
However to be the primary occasion there at MSG, and if I’m not mistaken, first Mexican there in a very long time, it fills me with satisfaction.
Q. The query is for Canelo and Eric. Clearly the Mexican dates, a few of the most necessary dates for Mexican fighters are in Might and September. Can December be a type of essential dates, as properly, particularly going into the vacation actions?
All of it is dependent upon Saul. He’s a younger fighter and he’s very disciplined and as he stated earlier than, he likes to battle. He likes to battle. He all the time — he doesn’t transfer up an excessive amount of in weight, nevertheless it depends upon him. The dates in Might and September are essential. They’re essential, Chavez began it and it continued with Oscar De La Hoya and now it’s persevering with with Saul, and it’s essential for Mexican and Mexican American individuals in america, nevertheless it is determined by Saul. I do know that he’s all the time needed to battle in December, and if he can and he’s capable of, no drawback, we’ll do it.
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: As Eric stated, my dates are Might and September, and I’ve the choice to struggle in December.
For me it’s all the time essential to battle typically. Just like the routine and I like self-discipline that’s in boxing, and I wish to battle typically. I would really like for followers to assume that each time I battle, each time Canelo fights, it’s an essential date, regardless of the date.
Q. The large Mexican fighters earlier than you, it was virtually a requirement to attempt to converse English, however often in your interviews, you’ve communicated in Spanish. Do you assume that has affected you close to how a lot cash you make?
ERIC GOMEZ: You recognize, one thing that Canelo is engaged on, typically he’s answering in English and he’s answering it increasingly more. However most significantly, he has a clear picture and that’s what sponsors like. He’s the one fighter proper now who instantly has sponsors.
Additionally his type of preventing, the best way he’s, the truth that he’s clear, all that’s higher than the language. It’s extra essential.
And the message is robust: He’s disciplined, clear, educated and that’s extra necessary than language. His type of preventing, too, he all the time provides nice exhibits and nice fights.
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It hasn’t affected me whether or not I converse English or not. I attempt to study as a lot as I can. I can perceive a lot, and I can keep a dialog and it has not affected me.
What worries me is preventing and coaching, and I feel individuals like that greater than speaking, as a result of in case you can converse English, however you possibly can’t battle, otherwise you don’t give good fights, you realize, it’s the identical factor.
Q. You’ve had a lot of achievements this yr. How would you describe the yr 2018 for you?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It was a yr of a lot of studying. I discovered a lot and I observed a lot, however I really feel that despite the fact that it might have had a dangerous begin it was extra the great.
I’ve all the time recognized who I’m, and I maintain my head up excessive, and it was a yr of profitable. I discovered a lot in my private and professional life. I discovered to be tenacious and practice arduous and having a robust mentality, it might take you from one excessive to the opposite, and I’m glad all that I’ve achieved. All that I’ve achieved and what I’ve carried out has made me the person and the athlete that I’m at the moment.
Q. Might you give me simply a fast analysis of Fielding as a boxer, his strengths, weaknesses, what you want about him?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: He’s a robust fighter. He’s tall and he has a lot of attain, and he’s additionally used to receiving punches from fighters of a totally different weight class. I should see how I really feel as a result of it’s a risk there, however we’re coaching actual exhausting to make sure that there are not any surprises.
Q. We’ve a struggle in Los Angeles, Tyson Fury with Deontay Wilder. Do you’ve gotten any ideas on that, how the battle will go, what sort of a battle and what do you assume could be the winner?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I don’t know who will win however it is going to be a aggressive battle. Whoever provides extra within the ring will win but in addition whoever fights extra intelligently can win. Wilder throws good, highly effective photographs, and Tyson packing containers extra, he strikes extra, however we’ll see. I really feel it’s a aggressive struggle.
Q. From these remarks, would you assume that maybe the boxer has the sting?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: We don’t know. Each have totally different types. Wilder could be very tall. Will probably be aggressive. If he can field with him and be very ready, then perhaps he can win this battle.
Q. You’re ending 2018 towards Rocky Fielding, you stated with the win, you’re going to return right down to middleweight. Do you’ve got an concept of what a few of your plans for 2019 is perhaps?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: You understand, we don’t know but. Our plan is to win on December 15. After that, we’ll see and analyze plans for 2019.
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