As the media tour to promote May 6th’s Mexican derby wrapped up in California, Canelo Alvarez fired a parting shot as both fighters head into training camp insisting the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez Sr will have no impact on the bearing of the fight.
The six time World Champion across three weight divisions racked up over 100 professional victories is widely regarded as the best Mexican fighter of all time and has been passing his wisdom down to his son and namesake, Chavez Jr.
Speaking in front of 5000 fans at the Mexican Plaza in Lynwood, California Canelo paid respect to Sr’s achievements but was quick to play down his presence.
"I've said it before, and I'll say it again - Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr is one of the best, if not the best fighter in history. I grew up watching him and learned a lot from him, but that won't have any influence when I fight his son.”
In the build-up the fight took an intriguing twist when the pair bet their purses on the outcome, only for Chavez Sr to then put a halt to the bet adding further spice to the upcoming catch weight bout.
"The rivalry has always been there between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, but obviously during this tour there were a lot of things said behind the cameras that made it even more intense. We're going to work really hard to give everyone a great fight.”
Alvarez recently clocked his landmark 50th pro fight but the 26 year old believes there’s more come: "You haven't seen the best of me. Every fight I keep getting better, and I hope this one brings out the best in me.”