"I've prepared very well. I never, you know, think that any fighter's are going to be an easy fight. So I'm not overconfident and I'm very, very well prepared for this fight....Obviously he's a very good fighter. He's a fighter that knows how to pressure. He's also a fighter that knows how to counterpunch, but I think that I'm going to be prepared for everything. I'll do my best and I'm going to be prepared for the fight," stated WBC jr. middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who talked about his upcomiing clash this Saturday with Josesito Lopez during a recent conference call. Check out what else he had to say!
De La Hoya: At this moment, I would like to introduce Canelo Alvarez. He hails out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He's the WBC Super Welterweight World Champion. He's been a pro since 2005, and he's coming off his dominant, unanimous decision win over future hall of famer, Sugar Shane Mosley.
He's making his Showtime debut on Mexico's biggest holiday weekend of the year, the Mexican Independence weekend. He has a record of 40-0 with 29 knockouts, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Canelo Alvarez.
Canelo: I'm very happy to be with all of you here today and I'm ready for the fight.
Q: We're a week away from the fight. How are you feeling?
Canelo: Very good. I'm very good, you know, just finishing up with training. I'm in Las Vegas now. We're just going over details and fine tuning everything for the fight.
Q: Aside from the obvious problem of two main idols, Mexican idols, competing on the same night and fighting, how do you feel about two Mexican fighters being in the eye of the world, in the boxing world, showcasing both of them as main events in Las Vegas?
Canelo: It's great being Mexican and we're capturing the eye of the world of boxing, showcased in Las Vegas on major cards, I feel very great and I'm honored.
Q: What's your assessment of Josesito as a fighter? Are you over confident because you have a weight advantage?
Canelo: He's a very smart fighter. He's a good fighter, very smart. He's got very, very good combinations so I think he's a very good fighter. And no, I'm never overconfident. I've prepared very well. I never, you know, think that any fighter's are going to be an easy fight. So I'm not overconfident and I'm very, very well prepared for this fight."
Q: You know, your life has changed in the last few months. You're living now in the U.S. You're learning English. How do you feel about the changes in your life at this point?
Canelo: I'm feeling very good. I thank God that everything's going good. It hasn't been much time since the last fight. I've been staying here in the U.S., but I've had a training camp of two and a half months. Everything's going very, very well; all aspects of my life are changing right now, not only in my personal, but obviously in boxing as well. I'm feeling really, really good.
Q: Obviously it's a big honor for you to be fighting on Independence Day, but it's a little bit of Independence Day for you as well. It's your first headline big show in Las Vegas. How do you feel about that?
Canelo: It is a big honor. It's a big honor to be representing my country, Mexico, and to be headlining as well, but you know what? I mean the most important thing for me is to concentrate on this fight. Think about this fight. I'm not thinking about anything else, just this fight and what I have to do.
Q: You've been criticized for fighting a fight against a welterweight. Do you feel pressure to win by knockout? That you have to knock him out? And also, of course, because of the big bonus, the $100,000 bonus for the best knockout of the night. Do you feel pressure?
Canelo: No, not at all. I never think about the knockouts. I go into every fight, do my work, and none of that stuff puts pressure on me at all.
Q: There's a lot of rumors about you possibly fighting Mayweather. A lot of people out here think that maybe the best fight for you first would be Cotto, fighting first. What do you think about that?
Canelo: You know, I don't think about that. I really don't. I'm just thinking about this fight. Next week I have to fight Josesito and obviously there's always a lot of rumors, people talking, but I'm just thinking about Josesito and there's no secret; I just want to fight the best.
Q: Which aspect of your game do you think is going to be the most difficult for Lopez coming into this fight against you? You've got a hungry fighter who really doesn't have anything to lose and everything to gain, as you stated before. What do you think's going to be the most difficult for him coming in to face you?
Canelo: Obviously he's a very good fighter. He's a fighter that knows how to pressure. He's also a fighter that knows how to counterpunch, but I think that I'm going to be prepared for everything. I'll do my best and I'm going to be prepared for the fight.
Q: The second part to the question there, at this stage of your career, at such a young age, you have reached what is a dream for many boxers out there. And coming into this coming up weekend where you're going to be on Mexican Independence Day, one of the largest days ever, what's your motivation to keep performing at that elite level?
Canelo: I am motivated by everything. I have done so much in my career already to get to this point. So I'm motivated by everything. You know, by the fans, by my team members, everything motivates me. So I'm just happy. I'm excited. I sacrificed so much and I'm ready to go.
"Knockout Kings," headlined by Canelo Alvarez defending his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against breakout star Josesito Lopez, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools, AT&T and O'Reilly Auto Parts. In the co-featured attractions, WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defends his crown against former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon in fight presented in association with Promociones Del Pueblo, former World Champion Marcos Maidana faces perennial contender Jesus Soto Karass in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Title presented in association with Universum Box-Promotion and Leo Santa Cruz defends his IBF Bantamweight World Championship against former Two-Time World Champion Eric Morel. The Saturday, Sept. 15 quadruple-header, packed with Mexican pride and power, will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT with preliminary fights to air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
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