Better Red Than Dead: Canelo Speaks!

By Robert Ecksel on April 12, 2017
Better Red Than Dead: Canelo Speaks!
Canelo is a multimillionaire. He’s also a darn good fighter. He doesn’t need to gild the lily.

Ulises Solis, whose jaw Canelo broke in a street fight five and a half years ago, might have something to say about Canelo being a “role model” …

On Saturday, May 6, at the T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a fight televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View, former two-weight champion Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs), the knockout artist from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, gets it on with former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs), from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

In anticipation of the bout, which will be a barnburner while it lasts, Canelo recently met with the press via teleconference call. Canelo normally speaks softly and carries a big punch. But at whatever volume he speaks, he tends to say nothing remarkable, and often says nothing at all.

But the fight with Chavez Jr. appears to have special meaning for the red-haired wunderkind. Perhaps because he and his opponent are Mexican, perhaps because the two men more or less vie for attention in their boxing-hungry homeland, Canelo is ginned up for this fight, based on what he had to say about the man he is about to face.

Canelo was asked, with all the subtlety of an anvil falling from a second-story window, if Chavez was the first of his 50 opponents whose head he wants to rip from his shoulders.

“No,” he said matter-of-factly. “He’s one more of the 50 of all my opponents that I’ve faced. I’ve wanted to rip their head off. I wanted to beat them. I wanted to them knock them out. This is a little extra. There’s a little bit more motivation, of course, because of the rivalry, but it’s another one of my fights.”

Neither man currently wears a championship belt. However much that might matter to some, Canelo is a big picture kind of guy and sees the fight as especially significant, whether there’s a title at stake or not.

“Titles are very important to me but this is above that,” said Canelo. “This goes above a title, any title. It’s for honor, for pride, and it’s very important for me. And to keep making history in my career.”

Chavez Jr. is less concerned with making history than with salvaging his career, which has taken something of a nosedive after quitting against Andrzej Fonfara three fights ago.

“As the great Bernard Hopkins once said, ‘Once a quitter, always a quitter,’” said Canelo. “So anything’s possible.”

But it looks like Chavez Jr. is taking this fight seriously, as well he might.

“I know that Canelo’s team may be thinking that it’s going to be an easy fight,” he said. “But it will be the other way around. It will be the most difficult of his career.”

“It doesn’t intimidate me,” said Canelo. “Look, I’ve been fighting professionally since I was 15 years old, so I’ve been fighting bigger and stronger guys. On the contrary, I’m very happy that he’s working hard, that he’s training hard and that he’s doing good, because you know what, that’s guarantees the people a great fight.”

Canelo and Chavez have history of a sort.

“This rivalry goes back about ten years, you know, to our time in Guadalajara,” explained Canelo. “They had the opportunity to make this fight years ago. They had the power to make this fight back then. They didn’t want to.

“As a person, you know, I don’t know him well, but just from what I hear from his actions and all, it’s like a guy that just doesn’t sustain what he says. You know, he just says a lot of things. It’s almost like he’s a little kid.”

Others have leveled that accusation at Chavez Jr. and it contains more than a grain of truth. But Chavez didn’t have to fight. Being the son of a legend could not have been easy. There are, after all, other if less profitable ways to earn a living.

Canelo, by contrast, “started from nothing, from the bottom up, from zero, and have worked my way up with a lot of sweat and sacrifices.

“He has his fans, as well. But I think a lot of his fans are more his father’s fans than his, and his fans follow his father, what his father says, because he’s shown a lot of ups and downs in his career, and he himself has not had a real disciplined career. He is not a role model for the young children and the young fighters.”

Ulises Solis, a flyweight champion whose jaw Canelo broke in a street fight five and a half years ago, might have something to say about Canelo being a “role model.” 

Canelo is a superstar. He’s a multimillionaire. He’s also a darn good fighter. He doesn’t need to gild the lily.

When asked what concerns him most about Chavez Jr., Canelo said, “Look, I mean, obviously we have a strategy and I can’t say it now. Sometimes you build on that: Bell rings, the first round and that goes out the window and you’ve got to adapt to something else. And that’s what we’re doing.”

Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View starting at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT.

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  1. Koolz 03:36pm, 04/15/2017

    Ha Ricky Burns…
    Burns VS Indongo!!!!

    you know how said they were worried.

  2. Koolz 12:31pm, 04/15/2017

    Bivol again now against Clarkson.
    Crappy video but I have to watch all of Bivol’s fights and share them.

  3. Koolz 09:14am, 04/13/2017

    Canelo and Chavez Jr are probably going to way more then 180 on fight night.
    Canelo is saying he is going back to 160 after this fight meaning he is going to come in and weigh 160 then blow to 180 or more on fight night

    in a Middle Weight fight!

  4. Alt Knight 08:06am, 04/13/2017

    Irish…Totally agree. Some 180lb guy fighting for the “Middleweight Championship” is ridiculous.  Imagine if Canelo or Junior would have been fighting a Michael Spinks or a Dwight Qawi back in the day? OUCH.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:24am, 04/13/2017

    @Alt Knight-Stamina and endurance are of paramount importance….no argument here. I just love it when some of these Gumby bodied fighters nail these Adonis’s to the canvas in the later rounds! In my mind weight cutting is another matter all together and should not factor into the equation….for the safety and welfare of the fighters and to ensure more evenly matched bouts day of weighins should be mandatory…period!

  6. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:02am, 04/13/2017

    Alt Knight and Koolz on target as per….other heavyweight posters MIA here…probably neutralized by Shin Bet operatives!

  7. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:59am, 04/13/2017

    GGG is a natural middleweight….period! If these guys had to make same day weighins when they faced Gennady their chances would be slim and none!

  8. Alt Knight 06:57am, 04/13/2017

    I just showed back up and at the top of the page there was 666 reads and 6 comments. Spooky. More numerical facts. D-Day occurred on the 6th day of the 6th month at the 6th hour. Lemme post for an old lucky SEVEN.

  9. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:39am, 04/13/2017

    Jacobs handles both of them because fight night you can be sure that all three would show up north of 180 and things would be even steven for a change!

  10. Alt Knight 06:26am, 04/13/2017

    It would be poetic justice if Chavez Jr. did pull off the upset. haha. Red & Oscar, waiting on nature to take its toll on Golovkin, and up steps Junior trowin’ a wrench in those plans. I think Canelo will and should come out victorious, but I’ll be hoping that Junior can pull off an upset just because it seems like an instant justice sort of thingie.

  11. Kooz 06:13am, 04/13/2017

    Typo no it’s not typo it’s me typing and this stupid system not picking up on all the damn words!

    That’s this isn’t going to be a Canelo vs Smith fight, don’t expect Canelo to come blazing out with these amazing hook body shots that win the day.  Chavez Jr will nail him if tries that all night.

    Both these guys are going to be like Light Heavies on fight night!

  12. Koolz 06:10am, 04/13/2017

    I hope Canelo’s team realize just how big and strong Chavez Jr is going to be.  Not only will be be bigger and absorb more punishment but he is taller too.

    I just need to see who is the fleet of foot here.  Canelo has pretty good movement when he wants to but Chavez jr?  Movement?  The guy would win fights with that Peeka Boo style defense.

    I don’t see anyone getting Knocked out in this fight.  It will go 12 rounds both losing steam after round nine and grappling with each other.

    This is a Smith vs Canelo style fight. 

    Anyone see any Vids of Chavez Jr Sparring for this fight yet?

    Now for some Canelo realism.  The guy became famous as being the bigger guy that picked on smaller guys.  All of his main fights were very close, Lara, Cotto, Trout, etc.

    Mayweather made him look like a amateur.  This doesn’t mean Canelo isn’t talented he is but he really has moved up to the place where he through his size.  He would come in drained and then blow up to huge on fight night! 

    Golovkin his team have to wait it out till the fall.  I don’t know who is to blame for that.  Makes sense I guess.  Would be something else if GGG ends up fighting Chavez Jr in Las Vegas!

  13. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:03am, 04/13/2017

    Don’t put too much emphasis on Flyweight….if he wasn’t in training Solis probably was at the Lightweight limit. Still not right though, because Red was probably scaling Light heavy at the time.. You know the saying: Big guy no dick, little guy all dick! Why not kick the little bastard’s ass?

  14. Alt Knight 05:33am, 04/13/2017

    Whatever happens on May 6, it doesn’t erase the fact that Cinnamon appears to be waiting for Mother Nature and Father Time to do a number on 3Gee, before the Irish/Mexican has the cojones to step in the ring with him. No doubt that someone mixed a little Guinness in there with Canelo’s Modelo Especial. Hmmm, that might make a good hybrid international version of the Black & Tan.

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