Until this weekend’s last change in the period to unify the super middleweight title, when Canelo Alvarez began to speak English in public and largely stopped making any kind of blows about almost anything, the Mexican super star is usually predictable. affair.
Of course, 30-year-old Alvarez was always polite and courteous. With red hair and the appearance of an action hero, the Jalisco native of Guadalajara fits the role of almost the main male in boxing in almost every category. However, his conversations were short, short, straightforward, and, again, very predictable.
Every time Alvarez was constant (55-1-2, 37 KOs) he went home, he was willing to face the toughest opponents possible, regardless of the network or promotion member, to support the claim that he was the same. the best boxer in the world.
Luckily for boxing fans, Alvarez really meant that at a time when boxers / entrepreneurs like Floyd Mayweather mastered a pile of levers and control, he turned every turn and ultimately relied on it to strategically tackle his toughest challenges. its advantages.
For the majority of his career as a paid poster, when Mayweather lost his 23-year-old in 2013, Alvarez has taken a different approach. Despite a few missteps – waiting 18 months before Gennadiy Golovkin’s first fight began, unless he failed a pre-drug test against the infected cow, the good Alvarez has made a face of the sport in the post – Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s times are more than bad.
This is a point found in the details of Saturday’s three-belt unification at 168 pounds against Billy Joe Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs), which will take place in front of 70,000 more people at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Texas. (20.00 ET DAZN-n, sign up now).
Alvarez, who will be defending his WBA and WBC titles against Saunders ’WBA belt, is just another face-to-face UK name with a weird eye that has a bright record and no chance of dismantling his throne. Recent opponents from the same region as Callum Smith, Rocky Fielding and Liam Smith brought Alvarez several levels of challenges to the role – none of which could be carried out within the ring against him.
But the 31-year-old Saunders is a different kind of cat, which Alvarez wants to see if he can deal with anyone he wants and still ask for a life-changing financial bag. .
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Saunders, born in Hertfordshire in the UK, is a winger with a unique boxing style and a willingness to act in a frustrated style that sometimes looks good and is even harder to beat.
As tough as Saunders, the pair of WBC heavyweight champions Tyson Fury, is to play clean inside the ring, it’s even harder to determine at the negotiating table or stand in front of a press event and not be trapped inside somehow. of the mental game.
These cheating skills came to Saunders for the first weekend has successfully negotiated to get a bigger ring which would help him better his chances of winning by being able to box outside using the move. How did he do it? Saunders threatened him in public that if he didn’t get out of the fight and eventually was willing to do it or it was more of an advertising exercise mixed with a bit of gameplay, the British hit was a hit.
And yet, given the appearance of his character, Alvarez would publicly say that the size of the ring doesn’t matter after it has become almost inappropriate. It’s not a bad thing for a fighter who has been able to do the same thing for a fighter who has fought with other stars to turn into a trap fight for the biggest star in the sport.
The reasons for Alvarez’s real motivation are as clear as they are noble. He has found 168 pounds of perfect weight at this stage of his career, without having to give too much size to maintain speed and strength or having to drain himself. Alvarez has aimed to combine his four recognized titles in the super middleweight. Saunders has one of the belts he wants, so they have to fight – as easy as that.
If Alvarez succeeds and continues to compete (spoiler alert, probably), he hopes to be a division champion in the fall (against IBF Caleb Plant holder) and then want to return for the fourth time in December with a total of five fights to close the year in 13 months.
Once again, reputable fighters aren’t just doing it. Some don’t have enough talent and even aren’t ready. But Alvarez is a free promotion agent who fought to fight both DAZN and his former promoter, Golden Boy, in court for the digressions he made in the eyes that Alvarez could no longer defend.
After leaving the courts, Alvarez is now still ready to maximize his power and fight as much as he can physically, to find out how great he can be. And where would it go after this if a complete super-medium weight unification was completed? Alvarez’s coach and co-director Eddy Reynoso recently changed the tone and said he will now accept a 175-pound lap to face undefeated joint champion (and overall destroyer) Artur Beterbiev.
That’s not possible, of course, without a first win for Saunders. It is not expected that even part of this title fight will be easy. But when a 154-pound young Canelo turned against his promoter’s advice, he recalls trying to reconcile the title of matches against difficult styles like Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara. different from all the others.
Alvarez also said this week that he is also interested in the upcoming 168-pound fights with WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo and two-time WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez.
Just as Alvarez never let Mayweather’s modest loss define him, he is never afraid to risk taking a second. And that has become the difference between being a great Alvarez and being on his way to becoming a tremendous so far.