By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Just three weeks away from one of the most highly anticipated fights in boxing history, Mexican superstar WBA/WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) is in the grueling stages of his training camp as he prepares to take on eight-time world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) on September 14 live on Showtime PPV from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“I am ready for this. That’s the reason I asked for this fight. It’s a difficult tough fight, we have been working hard but we have our advantages,” Canelo told the media.
“Canelo is getting ready to take on the biggest challenge of his career. This reminds me of my fight when I fought Trinindad. Both of us were undefeated and both Canelo and Mayweather are undefeated,” De la Hoya said.
Canelo worked out for media on Tuesday afternoon at Shane Mosley’s high altitude training headquarters in the mountains of Big Bear, California as he has been preparing the last two months for his showdown Mayweather. The 22-year-old Canelo was sharp as he trained under the watchful eyes of father/son duo manager assistant trainer Jose “Chepo” and trainer Eddie Reynoso.
“We are happy with this training and are focused for this fight. Mayweather is a veteran fighter with hand speed, a very intelligent and technical fighter, a counter puncher that runs but we have a fighter that is strong, intelligent, with great defense, hand speed, and power,” Eddie Reynoso told Fightnews.com. “Expect for Canelo to win the fight. It will be easier than what people think.”
“We are training hard to beat Mayweather,” Jose “Chepo” Reynoso told Fightnews.com. “A sparring partner mentioned to us that Mayweather said Canelo only comes forward, Floyd will be surprised.”
“Training is going great and my sparring has been helpful. I feel good at these heights in training camp,” Canelo commented. “Training in Big Bear is where I prepare myself. “It’s one of the great places to train. I can focus a lot here.”
Canelo last trained in Big Bear for his preparation against Mosley. In his last two fights Canelo trained near the beach in Santa Monica, California. This time he finds himself training and getting pointers from the veteran Mosley, a former world champion who has experience being in the ring with both Canelo and Mayweather.
“It is a tough fight to call. Both have fast hands and good technique but I think Canelo has the advantage in punching power. It will be a good fight,” Mosley told Fightnews.com
Team Canelo are well aware of the obstacles that lie ahead. Their counterpart is undefeated in forty-four fights with an impressive resume. With wins over the late Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez, Diego Corrales, Arturo Gatti, as well as Zab Judah, Oscar de la Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, and most recently dominant in his last fight in winning a unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero, last May.
“Floyd is right handed with a difficult defense to penetrate but we will work on the best strategy to come out with the victory. Many of his past opponents lose their patience. They get desperate and try to rip his head off, that is not the way to beat Floyd,” Canelo told Fightnews.com.
The toughest wins for Mayweather came in 2002 when he won a split decision over Jose Luis Castillo, four- years later he squeaked out a decision against Oscar de la Hoya in 2007, and last year when he defeated Miguel Cotto. One thing those three opponents had in common they boxed and used the jab effectively against Mayweather. Canelo definitely feels he has the tools and smarts to give Floyd a tough fight, especially since he is the stronger and bigger puncher.
“I think Cotto gave him a good fight. He fought him well. To me Oscar beat Floyd, Jose Luis Castillo gave him a good fight many believe that Castillo beat him but in my opinion Mayweather won,” Canelo told Fightnews.com “I studied the Cotto fight. He was able to penetrate Floyd’s defenses and we are able to pick things from that fight.”
Alvarez is coming off a unanimous decision win over Austin Trout in San Antonio, Texas this past April in a world title unification bout, winning the WBA super welterweight title and avenging his brother Rigoberto Alvarez, who lost to Trout for the vacant WBA title.
“In my fight against Trout I adapted to him. I felt good in that fight. Everyone thought Trout was going to make me look bad but I proved everyone wrong, every good fighter brings out the best in me but I believe that Floyd will bring out all the best of me,” Canelo stated.
Somebody’s “O” has got to go on Mexican Independence day weekend. Canelo is certain it won’t be his and he will grind out these next few weeks of training camp to give his Mexican people and many boxing fans what they want and that is tohand Mayweather his first defeat come September 14.
“To all my Mexican people, we WILL win come September 14!” Canelo concluded.
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