With May 6th’s much-anticipated Mexican showdown drawing closer, Saul Alvarez has revealed some of the backstory to his grudge match with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Speaking on a pre-fight media call, Alvarez explained: “Well, this rivalry goes back about ten years, you know, to our time in Guadalajara. 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.”
The flame-haired Mexican hero concedes he doesn’t know Chavez personally, but has heard enough for him to judge that Jr doesn’t back up his actions.
“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.”
Chavez Jr who carries a sizeable height advantage, is looking ripped in the build-up to the Catchweight contest, shown live in the UK on BoxNation, but Canelo insists he won’t be over-roared by looks.
“No, it doesn't bother me at all,” he stated. “It doesn't intimidate me. 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 guarantees the people a great fight. I'm feeling strong and I'm looking good. But I'm glad that he is, as well.”
Despite currently holding the WBO World Super-Welterweight Title, Alvarez is openly building up to a potential 160lbs megafight with Gennady Golovkin and is feeling in control bulking up.
“I've been feeling very good. I've been training with sparring partners who are much bigger, who are Light-Heavyweights that are much bigger than me. I'm feeling very comfortable, and very strong. I'm not having to dehydrate as much.”
When quizzed on the media call if he believes Chavez Jr will quit in similar fashion to his defeat against Andrzej Fonfara, Canelo stated: “Everything's possible in boxing and as the great Bernard Hopkins once said: ‘Once a quitter, always a quitter’ - so anything's possible!”
Watch Canelo v Chavez Jr live on BoxNation on May 6th.