“We are already used to the big challenges,” said boxer Saúl Álvarez prior to the confrontation with Britain’s Callum Smith.
Both 30-year-old fighters will meet on Saturday, December 19 in San Antonio, Texas and the super middle championship of the World Boxing Association and the World Boxing Council will be played.
The Jalisco native indicated at a press conference: “We have this fight in 2020 and it has been difficult for everyone, we are going to close with a flourish, with a great champion. I am motivated as always ”.
The Mexican boxer recognizes the challenge of facing Smith, who has an undefeated record of 27 victories and current WBA super middleweight champion, “I like risks, it is a great risk for me. We want to make history and I have to face number one in that division. “
Regarding the difference in height, it is not something that Saúl cares about, and he highlighted Callum’s boxing qualities. Canelo Álvarez trusted his experience, “at my level, I have to adapt to any situation, I have the experience and the skills to be able to carry this out. I know what we have in front of us and we are ready ”.
The two boxers will return to the ring after a year of inactivity. Callum said that “it is the biggest fight, but also the smallest because there will not be many fans.” There will be 12,000 who will be present at the Alamodome stadium, the reduced capacity as a result of the restrictions due to the coronavirus health emergency.
Canelo acknowledged that it is strange not to see so many people in the pre-fight activities, the shouts, the flags, while for the rest, he indicated that most of the time he is in his concentrated room, in addition to the period dedicated to attention. of media. He has a record of 53 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws.
Eddy Reynoso, Saúl’s coach, specified that the forum will be limited, “but it will seem that there will be 100,000 people, because Mexicans are very loud, everyone will be supporting Saúl. People influence you to feel protected ”.
And he added that the confrontation between the two will be explosive, because it is the way in which their fights end. “We are going to see who manages to connect and who proves to be the best. Hopefully people like it. But what I do know is that we will go out with our hands up ”.
Saúl’s present confrontation will be the first without Golden Boy Promotions and Oscar than La Hoya, with whom he concluded a working relationship in recent months. Consequently, the Mexican took command of his career.
Both fighters were respectful to their opponent in relation to what each one declared. “Talking right now is pointless, when the bell rings is when reality is seen,” said the highest paid Mexican athlete (USD 37 million). In addition, he will seek one more victory by way of the KO. (GG) (Infobae)