By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs) continued his preparations for his September 15 showdown against WBC silver welterweight beltholder Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18KOs), holding a media workout Wednesday at the TSB 44 in Santa Monica, California. “I feel good and I have trained well and am practically ready,” Canelo told Fightnews.com. The Mexican superstar from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico is on track and ready as he looked sharp working with father and son duo trainer Eddie Reynoso and manager Jose “Chepo” Reynoso.
“We have been training hard for eight weeks we will do ten leading to the fight. Saul is looking sharp,” trainer Eddie Reynoso told Fightnews.com. Alvarez had previously trained up in the mountains in Big Bear, California for his previous bouts and now has made the transition to training near the beach in Santa Monica.
“Training here in Santa Monica, I feel good wherever I train giving one hundred percent. You will come out give it your best to come out victorious,” Alvarez stated.
“I believe that with hard work and training you win in the ring. All this high altitude training and sea level training is all a myth. We will train anywhere high altitude or sea level. A disciplined fighter will prepare anywhere to come out on top that is the case for Canelo,” Eddie Reynoso added.
On hand watching Canelo train were actor/director Peter Berg and actor/comedian Garry Shandling as he sparred for six rounds. Canelo wrapped up his workout posing for cameras with the actors. The TSB Gym is owned by actor Peter Berg who invited him to host his training camp theer in preparation for Lopez.
Alvarez is coming off a dominating performance winning a unanimous decision over Sugar Shane Mosley last May, as he is now sets his sights on Josesito Lopez. “That fight with Mosley helped me. Mosley is a great fighter. I learned lot. I gained confidence with that win and now we are ready for Lopez.”
Alvarez also talked to Fightnews.com about what Josesito Lopez brings to the ring. “He come to fight, to win, to give it his best to pull an upset. He’s done it once. Let’s be ready for anything against Josesito.”
Lopez is coming off the biggest win of his career last June with a ninth round TKO win over Victor Ortiz at the Staples Center. Ortiz was already scheduled to be Canelo’s opponent for September. Lopez however spoiled those plans for Ortiz as he not only win by stoppage but also broke Ortiz jaw, earning him a shot at Canelo.
September 15 will be Mexican Independence day weekend as many Mexican and boxing fans will be will be tuned in to celebrate fight weekend. Mexican Independence day weekend will once again be celebrated by boxing fans a tradition that began back in the 90’s with Julio Cesar Chavez as well as Oscar de la Hoya. The last time Showtime televised a quadruple header on Mexican Independence day weekend was September of 1994, Unfinished Business pay per view Chavez vs. Taylor II. Saul Alvarez will now headline Mexican Independence fight weekend.
“You are going to see a very well prepared, strong Canelo Alvarez and if everything goes well leading to the fight and we expect to come out winning,” Eddie Reynoso told Fightnews.com.
“September 15 I will give it my best in the ring to come out on top. Expect a really good fight,” Canelo concluded.