Canelo: "Tomorrow Night Will Be Something Special"
Canelo Alvarez is promising to deliver ‘something special’
tomorrow night when he defends his undisputed
Super-Middleweight title against John Ryder at the Estadio
Akron on Saturday night, live on DAZN and DAZN PPV.
Canelo (58-2-2 39 KOs) defends his Undisputed crown for the
second time after beating bitter rival Gennadiy Golovkin in
their trilogy battle in Las Vegas in September, having
ripped the IBF crown from Caleb Plant in Sin City in
November 2021 with an 11th round stoppage.
The Mexican superstar will make an emotional return to his
homeland for his latest Cinco de Mayo showdown, and it will
be 4180 days since he last stepped through the ropes in
Mexico, when he stopped Kermit Cintron in Mexico City in
five rounds to defend his WBO World Light-Middleweight
The 32 year old four-weight World Champion fights for the
63rd time of his storied career as he closes in on 18 years
as a pro. Cinco de Mayo weekend will see him fight for the
35th time in his homeland and it promises to be a
spectacular occasion with the state of Jalisco marking 200
years of independence against WBO mandatory challenger Ryder
(32-5 18 KOs) – and Canelo is promising a spectacular night
in front of over 50,000 fans in Guadalajara.
“It's going to be something special after 12 years,” said
Canelo. “I started my career here in Guadalajara in the
little arenas. And now we are in the biggest stadium and the
biggest response from the people. It's going to be one of
the best nights of my career for sure. I am really excited
for this fight.
“I was always thinking about fighting again in Guadalajara
of course. You can expect something special, and the result
is even better. I'm glad and grateful that the people
respond like this. I'm enjoying this moment a lot. I enjoy
this because it is hard to put on this kind of fights and
have people respond like this. It's an honor for me and I'm
proud of it. I'm going to bring everything tomorrow night.
“It wasn’t about money. There were a lot of things that made
it hard to put the fight here. Everything, TV, moving,
things had to change here in Guadalajara. It's hard to do it
but you know I'm happy I made this and I'm happy to bring
this fight to Guadalajara.
“For a long time, I didn't train here in Guadalajara so me
training here for the whole month is different. I feel
different. The vibes are different. My family is here. My
grandma is here. So, it's been different, but I enjoy
everything. Eddy Reynoso said to me, ‘You need to enjoy this
moment because you deserve it. Enjoy what you do because
this is such a big thing’. I am just enjoying and thanking
all my people and the response is just amazing, so I enjoy
it a lot.
“You know it is going to be a good fight when a fighter is
coming forward. John is a good fighter. He's southpaw and he
throws punches from everywhere. It'll be a little bit
difficult in the first rounds, but I have the experience and
I need to handle it.”