Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has the boxing world in the palm of his hands.
Despite being only 25-years-old, Canelo (46-1-1, 32 KOs) is the WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal World Champion and poised to be the new face of boxing in the post Floyd Mayweather era. For evidence all one has to do is take in the chaotic Mayweather like atmosphere at his media day in his House of Boxing gym in San Diego, CA.
Every video camera, microphone and cell phone was pointed toward the hard-hitting Mexican boxing superstar just days before his mega showdown with Amir “King” Kahn (31-3, 19 KOs) this weekend to open up to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo shared his thoughts on being on the biggest stage in boxing once again with Blitz Weekly:
“Fighting big fights like this before definitely has given me a lot of experience and it helps you with the next big fight. Again I’ll repeat it; I’ve had some pretty big fights at only 25-years-old so all that helps when getting ready for a fight of this magnitude.”
With Mayweather retired, this will be Canelo’s first pay-per-view as the lead attraction on a Mexican holiday weekend which has been reserved by the former pound-for-king in recent years and made famous by Julio Cesar Chavez.
Fortunately for Canelo, if things get complicated leading up to his May 7 showdown with Kahn, he can always lean on his promoter Oscar De La Hoya who knows a thing or two about carrying a promotion on a big Mexican holiday weekend.
“It’s great for Canelo to have this fight on Cinco de Mayo because it’s important for the fight fans to carry that tradition.” De La Hoya Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions said. “It is a tradition that Julio Cesar Chavez started. On that date, people want to see fights, people want to see action. People want to see great boxing and they will get that on May 7 because Canelo is an exciting fighter to watch. I think it’s important that we have a fighter like Canelo own this Cinco de Mayo weekend because it’s guaranteed action. It’s a win-win.”
Even with Canelo being early in his career, many in the boxing world have already labeled him as a Mexican boxing legend who is on pace to be considered the best Mexican boxer of all-time due what he’s already accomplished in the sport. For Canelo despite being proud of his status in the boxing game, his motivation and focus is completely different.
“I don’t really think about that or look at that stuff like that,” Canelo said. “Every Mexican fighter makes his own history. All I can do is keep training hard and winning my fights and that’s it.”
A win over Kahn will only add to Canelo’s growing legacy and solidify his spot as one of the best fighter to ever come from Mexico.