Canelo Alvarez Teleconference Transcript
ERIC GOMEZ: I want to thank everyone for participating in
the official Canelo International conference call ahead of
the big fight December 15 between Canelo Álvarez, WBC, WBA,
Linear and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion, moving
up in weight, to challenge Rocky Fielding, who is the WBA
Super Middleweight Champion.
This event will take place at Madison Square Garden and will
be streamed live on DAZN. We're less than 20 days away from
witnessing Canelo trying to make history and become a
three-division world champion. He wants to join the
legendary fighters out of México: Julio Cesar Chávez, Erik
Morales, Mark Antonio Barrera, and Jorge Arce in becoming a
three-time world champion, if Canelo beats Rocky Fielding.
This will also be Canelo's first fight at Madison Square
Garden, which he is very, very excited about. He's going to
be walking in the footsteps of many great fighters including
Muhammed Ali, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, many others,
Oscar De La Hoya obviously.
Golden Boy prides itself as the leader in boxing, and we're
very pleased to be streaming this fight on DAZN, and for the
fans that don't know, you can subscribe and get the fight
for free. Yes, that's correct, you can get it for free.
You'll be able to see Canelo not only on DAZN, but at
close-circuit theatres everywhere throughout the country.
Just a quick note to all of you. We're also going to be
doing international call with Rocky Fielding next Monday,
December 3 at the same time, 11:00 A.M. Pacific, 2:00
Eastern, so make sure you guys get on the call for that.
The first person I want to introduce to you, to say a few
words, is the person that has been with Canelo since the
beginning, the first one that saw the talent, the promising
talent in Canelo when he was a teenager first walking into
the gym, and that was Chepo Reynoso.
CHEPO REYNOSO: We've been having great preparation, all is
going as planned for this great fight. Canelo is going to
make history that night and be one on the shortlist of
Mexicans to be a three-division world champion. That's why
the work has been intense. It's been serious and done with a
lot of responsibility and confidence, and salutations to
all: On the 15th of December, we will crown Canelo Álvarez
as a three-division champion.
ERIC GOMEZ: Thank you. Gracias, Chepo, gracias.
Now, the next person I would like to introduce is by far the
leading contender for trainer of the year -- he's got my
vote -- he's guided Canelo to all his recent victories. This
man has also just started training our prospect of the year,
Ryan Garcia, and is doing a great job with him. I want him
to say a few words, Mr. Eddy Reynoso.
EDDY REYNOSO: Good afternoon and salutations to you all.
ERIC GOMEZ: Finally, the man of the hour, he's the
middleweight world champion, WBC, WBA, Ring Magazine, and
Linear champion, coming up, probably the most important
victory of his career back in September, fighting again here
for the first time at the garden in New York, I want to
introduce you to Canelo Álvarez.
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I'm happy it's a short time until fight
night when I make history, and I'm really motivated for this
Q. How important is it for you to be making history to
become a three-division world champion?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It's very important to be in that list of
about ten Mexicans to become three-division world champions,
so very important to enter history. That's why I'm here
taking on this important fight, and it's important that we
win this title.
Q. Rocky has never fought you before. And in this sense, how
do you see this fight?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: No fight is easy. It's not a secret that I'm
a better fighter and that I'm more experienced, but I'm
taking a risk by entering into a comfort zone of a champion
and his weight, that's a risk, and that risk makes it even.
It makes it interesting. No fight is easy, so I'm preparing
for a hard fight. I know that rocky is used to receiving
punches from another weight class and I know that he's
taller. It's not an easy fight, and I'm preparing for the
best Rocky Fielding and to make sure that there are no
Q. Last month you said that you would be willing to fight
Floyd Mayweather again if he was interested in the fight.
I'm curious what is the lowest weight that you could get
down to a fight with Mayweather would be that you would
still have the ability to turn in a decent performance, and
how that flight would play out differently this time?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I can't go down further than 160 pounds. If
that fight were to take place, it would have to be at 160
Q. What do you feel you've learned in the time you fought
Floyd the first time to make it more competitive and a fight
that you can win? And this goes for Eddy, as well.
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I'm a more complete fighter now. I would be
much more competitive. I have a lot more experience. I have
improved a lot, so it would be different.
It was experience who defeated me that night and that's why
it was a boring fight, as well, because he didn't do too
much to me, either. It was experience and I'm a much more
mature fighter. I'm a better fighter than the fighter that
fought that night.
It would be very different. After Mayweather, we've faced
very good fighters. We fought Miguel Cotto, GGG twice. It
will be different, and he's a more complete fighter now with
more experience. If this fight were to happen again, we
would defeat him, no problem.
Q. Ryan Garcia just recently joined your camp training with
Eddy. What are your thoughts on Ryan as a fighter, and what
has it been like having him in your camp training alongside
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: He's a good kid. He likes to learn. He likes
to train. He has discipline, and that is what we like, and
he's a talented fighter so it's nice having him in the gym.
I know that Eddy will do a great job with him and I believe
that he will teach him a lot so that he can achieve all that
he wants to achieve in his career.
Q. What was your process in electing to move up to 168 for
this particular fight? Was it the allure of a belt? Was it
not wanting to get down to 160 again? What was in your mind
the reason for doing this particular fight?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: Right now the goal, the objective, is to
fight for this world title and win on December 15 and then
go back to 160 points where I do best. If we'll be moving up
and down those divisions, we didn't know, but right now our
goal is to get the title to middleweight.
Q. Fielding is much, much taller than Canelo. Are you phased
by the gigantic height difference between the two of you?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: You know, it doesn't worry me, the height
difference. We are working toward that. We will be working
to get into it to guard, so it doesn't worry to me at all.
I'm a fighter who can adapt, and that's what I'll be doing
when I fight him.
Q. The fight with Golovkin was not that long ago. A lot of
fighters, especially after the magnitude of that event, a
lot of fighters would take a lot of time off. What was the
reason to jump right back in the ring? Not that we're upset
to see you fighting so quickly, but did you think about
taking more time out? It seemed a little more rushed than
typical Canelo Álvarez.
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It's because I had rest for one year. I like
to be fighting. I like to be active, at least having two
fights a year, and that's why we wanted to do this so fast.
I love boxing. If I could fight every month, I would love
that. I love what I do and that's what has maintained me
where I am right now.
Q. As one of the only fighters from México to headline
there, do you think that you will make Madison Square Garden
your home, over T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: Yes, I would like it to be the first of many
fights there. To fight in New York is another landmark in my
career and is another important story in my career. I would
like to fight there, and instead of being the first or the
last, I want it to be the first of many more.
Q. How many people have subscribed to DAZN since the
announcement with Canelo Álvarez?
CHEPO REYNOSO: They haven't given us that information. We
will have to visit that after the fight and they will give
us more information. But the comments are good and they are
It's important for them to join the market here in U.S., and
who else better than Canelo, who is not only the biggest
star in boxing, but one of the biggest stars in all of
sport. So, they are very happy right now, and I will be
happy to give you more details after this fight.
Q. Rocky Fielding says that when he saw the height of
Canelo, it gave him a lot more confidence. So how do you see
yourself going about this fight?
EDDY REYNOSO: We'll be moving up in weight, and when a boxer
does that, he's basically experimenting. We know that we
have a great fighter in front of us and that Canelo will be
preparing well, so height won't be a problem to us. He'll
adapt to those type of fighters and he has worked with those
type of boxers throughout his career. I have no doubt that
he'll be successful in this fight.
Q. There's a lot of talk about GGG going over to DAZN now.
Are you hoping he does so you can fight him again?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: He can do whatever he wants and he can do
whatever is convenient for him. I did my thing, so to each
And regarding the fights we'll see in the future, like I
said, I'm all willing to make a third fight, if we made two,
I'll make a third one.
Q. How important is it to you to knockout Fielding early and
show your power at a new weight?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Winning by a KO is always impressive, and I
am preparing to make the best of it in this fight by any
way, by any means necessary. I'm going to give everything in
the ring, and I'm always going to look for the KO as I do in
my fights; and if I do, that's good, and if not, I'll just
make sure I give a good fight to the fans at Madison Square
Q. Will you be fighting at 160 after this? This is just a
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: When it's done, I'll come back to 160
Q. You've had some impressive victories in your career,
where would this accomplishment with fielding fit in the top
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I've had many fights, and I've fought many
great fighters, Trout, Cotto, Mosley, GGG, Mayweather, many
fights that I've had.
Each fight is important because it teaches you something,
and I take this fight as important as the previous fights.
So I'm doing the same thing in training, making it just as
important and in each fight, there's a risk. So I'm training
hard to minimize that risk, but every fight is important,
and I'm taking this fight as important as the others.
Q. You've twice mentioned going back to 160. How important
is it, with all the talent that's there, for you to go down
and to clean out and unify against someone in that division?
CANELO ALVAREZ: It's very important to have great fights at
any weight. To return at 160 where I feel best, that's what
I have in mind, to go back to 160 and do what I always do,
which is look for the best fights.
Q. Eric, so back when he was coming up, there were some
statistics of how good he was, but then when he knocked out
Baldomir, that sensational knockout, it woke up a lot of
people. From that point on, how difficult was it for you to
hold him back because I know he wanted the Trout fight
earlier than maybe you guys wanted it, and I know he wanted
a lot of fights. Can you talk about his desire and the goals
and where he's at now?
ERIC GOMEZ: You know, Canelo is a special fighter. He's a
special athlete. He was always very, very -- even at 18
years old, I mean, he was always very mature for his age,
and he's tough, like any fighter. I mean, they want to fight
the best, and we always had to hold him back.
When we did -- and you remember this, because you were
around -- when we did the fight with Austin Trout, I was
against it, but he was adamant that he wanted that fight. He
was adamant that he wanted to fight and there was something
that he knew, and he saw that we didn't. Obviously, we went
with the fight because he was adamant, and he really forced
our hand. But he's always had that confidence about him.
The same goes with the Golovkin fight. If it was up to us,
we would have waited at least one more year, but he wanted
it and he forced it. All the big fights, even the Mayweather
fight, we didn't think it was the right time to do the may
weather fight; he wanted to, but he's always been very
confident in his ability, and he's just always had that
Q. Do you think he would be the first person to knock Floyd
ERIC GOMEZ: Oh, definitely. Floyd doesn't want any of Canelo
now. Floyd took the fight at the right time. He was fighting
a fighter that, you know, was very young, 21 at the time. He
didn't have the experience. Floyd beat him with experience,
that's all he did, but now, it would be a different story.
Floyd, he doesn't want to face Canelo.
Q. Thank you for taking time out today. You talked at the
beginning of the call about all the great Mexican worlds
champions in the sport, with you included. At this point
right now, where do you think you are among the all-time
great Mexican fighters?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I'm the wrong person to answer that. I
haven't finished with my career yet, and I'm not sure where
I'll be positioned in that list, so I would not like to
answer that question.
Q. How much does this mean to you to make history? Not many
Mexican fighters have gone on to win three world titles in
three different weight classes. What would this mean to you
on a personal level?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It's very important to win this title. It
would put me in the top 10 List of Mexican world champions,
so it's very important to win this title.
Q. A couple questions for Chepo. You've been with Canelo
from the beginning. Where do you view him right now along
all the all-time great Mexicans?
CHEPO REYNOSO: I think it's not the moment yet. He's still
making history. When he finishes, history will put him where
Right now, it's premature because he's too young and has too
many years ahead of him. It would even be a lack of
perspective to answer the question for the greatest fighters
So right now he's doing his job and when he's done, the
people making those lists can put him where he corresponds,
so it's important to keep winning. It's too premature to
make that call now, but in the future, people in charge of
that will put him where he corresponds.
Q. Where do you think Canelo can be ranked when his career
is all said and done?
CHEPO REYNOSO: Like I say, I can't talk right now. I can't
answer that right now. But if we are talking about right
now, he would obviously be one of the best fighters in
history. He's had great moments and great wins and until
this moment he has won titles in two divisions, and he beat
the previously seated best top fighter. So, if we are
talking about now, he will be considered one of the best
fighters in Mexican history.
Q. And one more for you, Chepo. You've experienced 154, 160
and 168. What have you done differently from 160 to 168 for
CHEPO REYNOSO: It's all different, 154 pounds, 160 pounds,
168 pounds, what he puts on his body is going to be
different when it comes to what he's eating, carbohydrates.
Also, the strength training is different in each division,
but thank God, things have been going well for us.
Q. Before you signed the contract with DAZN, had you ever
heard of DAZN? Did you know they were streaming, as opposed
to television? What was your knowledge of DAZN and their
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: You know, the DAZN logo I would see it, but
to be sincere, I had no idea what it was, how it was managed
until the offer came to me. But to be sincere, I didn't know
what it was before.
Q. So now that you're obviously the face of DAZN, have you
subscribed to it? Have you checked it out? Have you seen how
the stream looks? Are you talking about it with your friends
and your fans?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: Yeah, I downloaded it. I have it on my
phone. I've seen fights on it, I've connected it to my TV
and I have it on my phone right now. It's always updated
with what is happening.
Q. Do you think it's going to take a lot -- I know it's not
expensive. I have it and it works extremely well. How much
do you think it's going to take to get your fans, boxing
fans, to break what they are used to and to make the
transition? Once you have it, it's extremely easy to use,
but you have to get them to take that first step. How much
of a spokesperson will you be to try to convince your
legions of fans that this is a way to watch my fights?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: Not much, because my fans want to watch me.
Q. It's one thing to win all the fights that you've won, to
win your title, to become a top superstar champion in boxing
and then you sign the record contract with DAZN. Did you
take more satisfaction in being a champion or knowing that
you signed the richest deal in the history of sports?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: All together, obviously, being champion,
being one of the best fighters, and then even this contract,
it had to pass through all of that, you have to be the best,
obviously. The most important thing for me is to make
history. The rest will come together. To be one of the
Mexicans being able to achieve this lucrative contract for
me is an honor.
Q. You, Canelo, will be the eighth fighter in history to
fight at Madison Square Garden and the first as the main
event in about 35 years. How special is it for you to be
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It fills me with a lot of pride because I
know great fighters have fought there, like Muhammad Ali,
and to mention more fighters would be unnecessary.
But to be the main event there at MSG, and if I'm not
mistaken, first Mexican there in a long time, it fills me
Q. The question is for Canelo and Eric. Obviously the
Mexican dates, some of the most important dates for Mexican
fighters are in May and September. Can December be one of
those important dates, as well, especially going into the
It all depends on Saul. He's a young fighter and he's very
disciplined and as he said before, he likes to fight. He
loves to fight. He always -- he doesn't move up too much in
weight, but it depends on him. The dates in May and
September are very important. They are very important,
Chavez started it and it continued with Oscar De La Hoya and
now it's continuing with Saul, and it's very important for
Mexican and Mexican American people in the United States,
but it depends on Saul. I know that he's always wanted to
fight in December, and if he can and he's able to, no
problem, we'll do it.
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: As Eric said, my dates are May and
September, and I have the option to fight in December.
For me it's always important to fight often. Like the
routine and I like discipline that's in boxing, and I like
to fight often. I would like for fans to think that every
time I fight, every time Canelo fights, it's an important
date, whatever the date.
Q. The big Mexican fighters before you, it was almost a
requirement to try to speak English, but usually in your
interviews, you've communicated in Spanish. Do you think
that has affected you with regards to how much money you
ERIC GOMEZ: You know, something that Canelo is working on,
sometimes he's answering in English and he's answering it
more and more. But most importantly, he has a clean image
and that's what sponsors like. He's the only fighter right
now who directly has sponsors.
Also his style of fighting, the way he is, the fact that
he's clean, all that is better than the language. It's more
And the message is strong: He's disciplined, clean, educated
and that's more important than language. His style of
fighting, too, he always gives great shows and great fights.
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It hasn't affected me whether I speak
English or not. I try to learn as much as I can. I can
understand a lot, and I can maintain a conversation and it
has not affected me.
What worries me is fighting and training, and I think people
like that more than talking, because if you can speak
English, but you can't fight, or you don't give good fights,
you know, it's the same thing.
Q. You've had a lot of achievements this year. How would you
describe the year 2018 for you?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It was a year of a lot of learning. I
learned a lot and I noticed a lot, but I feel that even
though it may have had a bad start it was more the good.
I've always known who I am, and I hold my head up high, and
it was a year of winning. I learned a lot in my personal and
professional life. I learned to be tenacious and train hard
and having a strong mentality, it can take you from one
extreme to the other, and I'm happy all that I've achieved.
All that I've achieved and what I've done has made me the
man and the athlete that I am today.
Q. Could you give me just a quick evaluation of Fielding as
a boxer, his strengths, weaknesses, what you like about him?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: He's a strong fighter. He's tall and he has
a lot of reach, and he's also used to receiving punches from
fighters of a different weight class. I will have to see how
I feel because it is a risk there, but we're training real
hard to ensure that there are no surprises.
Q. We have a fight in Los Angeles, Tyson Fury with Deontay
Wilder. Do you have any thoughts on that, how the fight will
go, what kind of a fight and what do you think might be the
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I don't know who will win but it will be a
competitive fight. Whoever gives more in the ring will win
but also whoever fights more intelligently can win. Wilder
throws good, powerful shots, and Tyson boxes more, he moves
more, but we will see. I feel it's a competitive fight.
Q. From those remarks, would you think that perhaps the
boxer has the edge?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: We don't know. Both have different styles.
Wilder is very tall. It will be competitive. If he can box
with him and be very prepared, then maybe he can win this
Q. You're ending 2018 against Rocky Fielding, you said with
the win, you're going to go back down to middleweight. Do
you have an idea of what some of your plans for 2019 might
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: You know, we don't know yet. Our plan is to
win on December 15. After that, we will see and analyze
plans for 2019.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you, everybody.