The boxer does not skimp on ambition and his goal is to be the best … in history in Mexico
MIAMI – Being the best Mexican boxer in history is a goal that has been set Canelo Alvarez, and has promised to work until exhaustion to achieve it, aware of the greatness of Julio Cesar Chavez, but without fear of pointing out that records have been made to be broken and that it is no sin to dream about it.
In chat with ESPN KNOCKOUT During this week of his fight against Avni Yildirim, the four-time world champion celebrated the fact of fulfilling goals, of achieving things that once, in a 20-square-meter room, entered his mind and led him to work very hard. strong to achieve it.
How is the mood to get in the ring again after eight weeks of your last fight?
I feel very happy, it is what I like to do, to have the opportunity to make another fight, well, I lasted 13 months without fighting and now that I have the opportunity to be here, the truth is that is what I like to do, and here I’m.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said he would love to promote your entire career, do you see yourself signing a long-term contract with him or are you enjoying being a free agent?
I still enjoy that (free agency), the truth is that we are working very wellWe hope to continue working with Eddie Hearn, we do not need to sign anything to be loyal and faithful to what we are doing as long as it works well. We are very happy to work with him, he is a person who is 100% dedicated, he makes details that are great for us and now that he knows how to keep us happy, working very comfortably, he is a person who dedicates himself 100% to this.
Hearn also told us that Gennadiy Golovkin is not on your radar for 2021 and maybe never again in your career.
I already fought twice, he had the opportunity for 24 rounds, we made it clear who is the best, I have other more important goals, gaining weight, category, winning titles and the truth is that I have more important goals at this time that generate another kind of challenges.
Eddy Reynoso told us the other day that you would end up being the best Mexican boxer in history, regardless of whether Julio César Chávez is the greatest boxing idol in our country. What is your opinion?
I am to continue making history, at the end of my career we will see where I am positioned, I have six or seven years to still give a lot and with all the humility and responsibility that has always characterized us, we are going to do our best, and no matter where we are, the important thing is that I want to make history and be among the best.
In Mexico, does it seem a sin to dream of being more than Julio Cesar Chavez?
Records were made to be broken and It is not wrong to wish to be better than someone, that’s what we are here for, to be better than the one who left history, that’s what we are for, and we are on the road.
Is it that hunger to be the best that drives you? I am willing to sacrifice boxing. You see me here and think it’s easy. No. Like how should I eat, I feel like eating, but I can’t, the sacrifice in the gym is huge, I make a lot of sacrifices, but I’m willing to do it, and that’s why I’m here. If it were easy everyone would be in my place, there is no more to say.
Is Canelo Álvarez in the sharing stage? Not only because of the advice you give your colleagues in the gym, but also because of helping those who need it, such as the boy you helped pay for the lung transplant.
I always have been, but I don’t put it out on social media because there’s no need. When you do it from the heart there is no need to put it out on social media. What they have seen is because they have wanted it. This last one that I did, I took advantage of the moment to send a message to people. We can all do it, not just that child, at that time there are many more. We are 120 million Mexicans, just talking about Mexico. If each one put 50 cents, which everyone has, it would be 60 million, we could help many, but what are they used to? Someone else doing it for us. If we were willing, not wait for someone else to do it, we would be something else. I wanted to send that message, those who got it good and those who didn’t too. In that month I supported other children, a girl who needed a bone marrow transplant that her sister was a donor, another child … many that there is no need to take them out on social networks because I do it from the heart, I do not like to advertise myself with that . I wanted to take advantage of David (Antolín) to send a message to people because he is not just him, there are too many children that we could support you and you, everyone could support.
And on the other hand, we saw a photo of you with a Ferrari, what does that mean for you?
It is motivation. I always sat in the corner of the house of ‘Chepo’ (Reynoso) and Eddy, in a 20-meter small room, had his bathroom there, there was nothing more than the bed and the bathroom, it was what there was, I sat on the corner and Chepo’s wife would say to me: “Look, give it a try, you’re going to see that, you’re going to get there, dream.” I would tell him, “I want to buy my Ferrari and my house.” I was 13 years old. Thank God I was able to achieve many more things that I never imagined I could have achieved and that is motivation. In the world we can all do it with enthusiasm, discipline and be willing to sacrifice things.
What message would you send that 13-year-old Canelo?
That I continue with that enthusiasm, motivation, discipline, the desire to be, I always the best, I always felt the best when I was an amateur, when I fought in Mexico, I always felt better because I always believed in myself, in my coaches, 100 percent.
I hope you are in health and well.
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