Mexican superstar Saul Alvarez believes his showdown with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will give him the chance to finally settle the feud with his countryman.
On May 6th, the pair square off the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, live on BoxNation. According to Canelo, the fight has been made personal because of his rival’s comments.
Speaking to ESPN Deportes, he revealed: “It is personal and professional. It became more personal, because of so many things that he said. He offended me personally with the many things that he's said.
“Thank God there is the fight on May 6th. Like always I like to do my talking inside the ring and on that day I am going to talk!”
For years, Chavez Jr, son of the legendary three-weight World Champion, has trash-talked and chased a fight with Canelo, who is seen as the best Mexican boxer at present. Alvarez is now relishing the prospect of putting Chavez in his place.
“It’s a fight that people asked for, to give to boxing people and [for] non-boxers to enjoy it,” said the heavy-handed 26-year-old. “My boxing and my experience should define the fight, and it will shine in the fight.”
In 2016, Canelo earned two stoppage victories against Amir Khan and Liam Smith. This bout with Chavez is set at a catchweight of 164.5lbs, just over the Middleweight limit.
“The weight is a new category for me, but I think I’m going to feel good. I’m going to feel strong, and my experience and level of boxing will come out and shine in this fight,” he added.
Canelo v Chavez Jr is live in the UK on BoxNation and BT Sport.