Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez would appreciate the opportunity to fight in England in the future as the Mexican superstar has revealed that he still has a long way to go in his career.
Alvarez, a four-division world champion who is considered by many to be boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighter, defends his WBC and WBA super middleweight crowns against WBO title list Billy Joe Saunders in Texas this weekend .
He has already beaten six English fighters – Matthew Hatton, Ryan Rhodes, Amir Khan, Liam Smith, Rocky Fielding and Callum Smith – in a glittering professional career that has earned him 55 wins, two draws and one loss.
While he’s fought exclusively in Mexico and the United States so far, Alvarez recently teamed up with UK promoter Eddie Hearn and seemed very receptive to the idea of a successful Wembley Stadium event all over the place. line.
“I would love to fight in England,” said Alvarez. “For me it’s a dream to go to England and fight in front of a lot of people from England. I have a lot of fans from there and I would love to be there.”
The fight against Saunders at AT&T Stadium in Arlington will be Alvarez’s third in the space of five months, having beaten Callum Smith for the WBA and vacant WBC titles before seeing mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim.
Alvarez has ambitions to win all four major world titles at 168 pounds – with a bout against IBF champion Caleb Plant set to take place later in the year if the Guadalajara fighter overtakes Saunders on Saturday night.
But Alvarez insisted that becoming the undisputed super middleweight champion wouldn’t quench his enthusiasm for the sport, having featured in an impressive streak of 14 unbeaten fights since his loss to Floyd Mayweather in September 2013. .
Asked what he learned from the only setback in his career, Alvarez replied, “I understand that mindset is the most important thing, mindset.
“I also understood that a defeat is no exception to my main goal, which is to become the best fighter in the world.
“Sometimes we think we are ready to do certain things when we are not. It applies professionally in other areas of life and it has happened, but my mind is determined to be the best fighter in the world. It’s still there.
“There will also always be something that will motivate me. Right now I want to win all the titles, but after that there will always be some motivation.
“I love boxing. I love what I do. I always set short term goals for myself and right now I’m fully focused on this one.”
Alvarez appreciates that he’s about to take a tough test against Saunders (30-0, 14KOs), who at his best is a smooth and elusive left-hander counter-cutting – the type of opponent the 30-year-old is against. has struggled in the past. .
“I expect this to be a very competitive fight,” Alvarez said. “I think he’s a bit more complicated as a fighter. It’s going to be tough in the early rounds.”
Asked if he anticipates Saunders, 31, will attempt to get under his skin in the days leading up to the fight, Alvarez, who is well known for his laid back demeanor, added: “He may try. -be to do it, but it won’t. achieve it. “