LOS ANGELES (Nov. 27, 2018): ERIC GOMEZ: I need to thank everybody for collaborating within the official Canelo Worldwide convention name forward of the large battle December 15 between Canelo Álvarez, WBC, WBA, Linear and Ring Journal Middleweight World Champion, shifting up in weight, to problem Rocky Fielding, who’s the WBA Tremendous Middleweight Champion.
This occasion will happen at Madison Sq. Backyard and shall be streamed stay on DAZN. We’re lower than 20 days away from witnessing Canelo making an attempt to make historical past and develop into a three-division world champion. He needs to hitch the legendary fighters out of México: Julio Cesar Chávez, Erik Morales, Mark Antonio Barrera, and Jorge Arce in turning into a three-time world champion, if Canelo beats Rocky Fielding.
This will even be Canelo’s first battle at Madison Sq. Backyard, which he’s very, very enthusiastic about. He’s going to be strolling within the footsteps of many nice fighters together with Muhammed Ali, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, many others, Oscar De La Hoya clearly.
Golden Boy prides itself because the chief in boxing, and we’re very happy to be streaming this battle on DAZN, and for the followers that don’t know, you’ll be able to subscribe and get the battle at no cost. Sure, that’s right, you will get it without spending a dime. You’ll be capable of see Canelo not solely on DAZN, however at close-circuit theatres in all places all through the nation.
And in the event you can’t see it on TV and if you wish to be there in individual on the Backyard, there are nonetheless some tickets obtainable. You’ll be able to go to the Madison Sq. Backyard field workplace or Ticketmaster. The telephone quantity for Ticketmaster is 866-858-0008, or you’ll be able to log on, tickestmaster.com, GoldenBoytickets.com or www.msg.com.
Only a fast observe to all of you. We’re additionally going to be doing worldwide name with Rocky Fielding subsequent Monday, December three on the similar time, 11:00 A.M. Pacific, 2:00 Japanese, so be sure to guys get on the decision for that.
The primary individual I need to introduce to you, to say a number of phrases, is the person who has been with Canelo because the starting, the primary one which noticed the expertise, the promising expertise in Canelo when he was a young person first strolling into the fitness center, and that was Chepo Reynoso.
CHEPO REYNOSO: We’ve been having nice preparation, all goes as deliberate for this nice struggle. Canelo goes to make historical past that night time 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 critical and carried out with a number of duty and confidence, and salutations to all: On the 15th of December, we’ll crown Canelo Álvarez as a three-division champion.
ERIC GOMEZ: Thanks. Gracias, Chepo, gracias.
Now, the subsequent individual I want to introduce is by far the main contender for coach of the yr — he’s obtained my vote — he’s guided Canelo to all his current victories. This man has additionally simply began coaching our prospect of the yr, Ryan Garcia, and is doing an ideal job with him. I would like him to say a number of phrases, Mr. Eddy Reynoso.
EDDY REYNOSO: Good afternoon and salutations to you all.
ERIC GOMEZ: Lastly, the person of the hour, he’s the middleweight world champion, WBC, WBA, Ring Journal, and Linear champion, arising, in all probability an important victory of his profession again in September, preventing once more right here for the primary time on the backyard in New York, I need to introduce you to Canelo Álvarez.
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I’m pleased it’s a short while till battle night time once I make historical past, and I’m actually motivated for this battle.
Q. How essential is it so that you can be making historical past to turn into a three-division world champion?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It’s essential to be in that listing of about ten Mexicans to develop into three-division world champions, so essential to enter historical past. That’s why I’m right here taking over this necessary struggle, and it’s essential that we win this title.
Q. Rocky has by no means fought you earlier than. And on this sense, how do you see this battle?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: No struggle is straightforward. It’s not a secret that I’m a greater fighter and that I’m extra skilled, however I’m taking a danger by getting into right into a consolation zone of a champion and his weight, that’s a danger, and that danger makes it even.
It makes it fascinating. No struggle is straightforward, so I’m getting ready for a tough battle. I do know that rocky is used to receiving punches from one other weight class and I do know that he’s taller. It’s not a simple struggle, and I’m getting ready for the perfect Rocky Fielding and to make it possible for there are not any surprises.
Q. Final month you stated that you’d be prepared to battle Floyd Mayweather once more if he was within the struggle. I’m curious what’s the lowest weight that you may get right down to a battle with Mayweather can be that you’d nonetheless have the power to show in an honest efficiency, and how that flight would play out in a different way this time?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I can’t go down additional than 160 kilos. If that battle have been to happen, it must be at 160 kilos.
Q. What do you are feeling you’ve discovered within the time you fought Floyd the primary time to make it extra aggressive and a struggle you could win? And this goes for Eddy, as properly.
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I’m a extra full fighter now. I might be rather more aggressive. I’ve much more expertise. I’ve improved rather a lot, so it might be totally different.
It was expertise who defeated me that night time and that’s why it was a boring battle, as nicely, as a result of he didn’t do an excessive amount of to me, both. It was expertise and I’m a way more mature fighter. I’m a greater fighter than the fighter that fought that night time.
It will be very totally different. After Mayweather, we’ve confronted excellent fighters. We fought Miguel Cotto, GGG twice. It is going to be totally different, and he’s a extra full fighter now with extra expertise. If this battle have been to occur once more, we might defeat him, no drawback.
Q. Ryan Garcia only recently joined your camp coaching with Eddy. What are your ideas on Ryan as a fighter, and what has it been like having him in your camp coaching alongside you?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: He’s a very good child. He likes to study. He likes to coach. He has self-discipline, and that’s what we like, and he’s a gifted fighter so it’s good having him within the health club. I do know that Eddy will do a terrific job with him and I consider that he’ll train him so much in order that he can obtain all that he needs to realize in his profession.
Q. What was your course of in electing to maneuver as much as 168 for this specific struggle? Was it the attract of a belt? Was it not eager to get right down to 160 once more? What was in your thoughts the rationale for doing this specific battle?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: Proper now the objective, the target, is to struggle for this world title and win on December 15 and then return to 160 factors the place I do greatest. If we’ll be shifting up and down these divisions, we didn’t know, however proper now our objective is to get the title to middleweight.
Q. Fielding is far, a lot taller than Canelo. Are you phased by the large peak distinction between the 2 of you?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: You already know, it doesn’t fear me, the peak distinction. We’re working towards that. We can be working to get into it to protect, so it doesn’t fear to me in any respect. I’m a fighter who can adapt, and that’s what I’ll be doing once I struggle him.
Q. The battle with Golovkin was not that way back. A variety of fighters, particularly after the magnitude of that occasion, a whole lot of fighters would take a whole lot of time without work. What was the rationale to leap proper again within the ring? Not that we’re upset to see you preventing so shortly, however did you consider taking extra trip? It appeared just a little extra rushed than typical Canelo Álvarez.
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It’s as a result of I had relaxation for one yr. I wish to be preventing. I wish to be lively, at the least having two fights a yr, and that’s why we needed to do that so quick.
I really like boxing. If I might struggle each month, I might love that. I really like what I do and that’s what has maintained me the place I’m proper now.
Q. As one of many solely fighters from México to headline there, do you assume that you’ll make Madison Sq. Backyard your property, over T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: Sure, I would really like it to be the primary of many fights there. To struggle in New York is one other landmark in my profession and is one other essential story in my profession. I want to struggle there, and as an alternative of being the primary or the final, I would like it to be the primary of many extra.
Q. How many individuals have subscribed to DAZN because the announcement with Canelo Álvarez?
CHEPO REYNOSO: They haven’t given us that info. We should go to that after the struggle and they’ll give us extra info. However the feedback are good and they’re very comfortable.
It’s essential for them to hitch the market right here in U.S., and who else higher than Canelo, who shouldn’t be solely the most important star in boxing, however one of many largest stars in all of sport. So, they’re very completely happy proper now, and I will probably be completely satisfied to offer you extra particulars after this battle.
Q. Rocky Fielding says that when he noticed the peak of Canelo, it gave him much more confidence. So how do you see your self going about this battle?
EDDY REYNOSO: We’ll be shifting up in weight, and when a boxer does that, he’s principally experimenting. We all know that we have now an excellent fighter in entrance of us and that Canelo shall be getting ready properly, so peak gained’t be an issue to us. He’ll adapt to these sort of fighters and he has labored with these sort of boxers all through his profession. I’ve little question that he’ll achieve success on this battle.
Q. There’s numerous speak about GGG going over to DAZN now. Are you hoping he does so you possibly can struggle him once more?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: He can do no matter he needs and he can do no matter is handy for him. I did my factor, so to every his personal.
And relating to the fights we’ll see sooner or later, like I stated, I’m all prepared to make a 3rd battle, if we made two, I’ll make a 3rd one.
Q. How essential is it to you to knockout Fielding early and present your energy at a brand new weight?
CANELO ALVAREZ: Profitable by a KO is all the time spectacular, and I’m getting ready to make the most effective of it on this struggle by any approach, by any means mandatory. I’m going to provide every little thing within the ring, and I’m all the time going to search for the KO as I do in my fights; and if I do, that’s good, and if not, I’ll simply ensure I give a very good struggle to the followers at Madison Sq. Backyard.
Q. Will you be preventing at 160 after this? That is only a one-off; proper?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: When it’s accomplished, I’ll come again to 160 kilos.
Q. You’ve had some spectacular victories in your profession, the place would this accomplishment with fielding match within the prime 5?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I’ve had many fights, and I’ve fought many nice fighters, Trout, Cotto, Mosley, GGG, Mayweather, many fights that I’ve had.
Every battle is essential as a result of it teaches you one thing, and I take this battle as essential because the earlier fights. So I’m doing the identical factor in coaching, making it simply as necessary and in every struggle, there’s a danger. So I’m coaching exhausting to attenuate that danger, however each struggle is essential, and I’m taking this struggle as essential because the others.
Q. You’ve twice talked about going again to 160. How essential is it, with all of the expertise that’s there, so that you can go down and to wash out and unify towards somebody in that division?
CANELO ALVAREZ: It’s essential to have nice fights at any weight. To return at 160 the place I really feel greatest, that’s what I take into consideration, to return to 160 and do what I all the time do, which is search for the most effective fights.
Q. Eric, so again when he was arising, there have been some statistics of how good he was, however then when he knocked out Baldomir, that sensational knockout, it awoke lots of people. From that time on, how troublesome was it so that you can maintain him again as a result of I do know he needed the Trout struggle sooner than perhaps you guys needed it, and I do know he needed numerous fights. Are you able to speak about his want and the objectives and the place he’s at now?
ERIC GOMEZ: You already know, Canelo is a particular fighter. He’s a particular athlete. He was all the time very, very — even at 18 years previous, I imply, he was all the time very mature for his age, and he’s robust, like all fighter. I imply, they need to battle the perfect, and we all the time needed to maintain him again.
Once we did — and you keep in mind this, since you have been round — once we did the battle with Austin Trout, I used to be towards it, however he was adamant that he needed that struggle. He was adamant that he needed to struggle and there was one thing that he knew, and he noticed that we didn’t. Clearly, we went with the struggle as a result of he was adamant, and he actually pressured our hand. However he’s all the time had that confidence about him.
The identical goes with the Golovkin struggle. If it was as much as us, we might have waited at the very least yet one more yr, however he needed it and he pressured it. All the large fights, even the Mayweather struggle, we didn’t assume it was the proper time to do the might climate battle; he needed to, however he’s all the time been very assured in his means, and he’s simply all the time had that about him.
Q. Do you assume he can be the primary individual to knock Floyd out?
ERIC GOMEZ: Oh, undoubtedly. Floyd doesn’t need any of Canelo now. Floyd took the struggle on the proper time. He was preventing a fighter that, you already know, was very younger, 21 on the time. He didn’t have the expertise. Floyd beat him with expertise, that’s all he did, however now, it might be a unique story. Floyd, he doesn’t need to face Canelo.
Q. Thanks for taking trip right now. You talked at the start of the decision about all the good Mexican worlds champions within the sport, with you included. At this level proper now, the place do you assume you’re among the many all-time nice Mexican fighters?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I’m the flawed individual to reply that. I haven’t completed with my profession but, and I’m unsure the place I’ll be positioned in that record, so I might not wish to reply that query.
Q. How a lot does this imply to you to make historical past? Not many Mexican fighters have gone on to win three world titles in three totally different weight courses. What would this imply to you on a private degree?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It’s essential to win this title. It will put me within the prime 10 Record of Mexican world champions, so it’s essential to win this title.
Q. A pair questions for Chepo. You’ve been with Canelo from the start. The place do you view him proper now alongside all of the all-time nice Mexicans?
CHEPO REYNOSO: I feel it’s not the second but. He’s nonetheless making historical past. When he finishes, historical past will put him the place he corresponds.
Proper now, it’s untimely as a result of he’s too younger and has too a few years forward of him. It might even be a scarcity of perspective to reply the query for the best fighters in historical past.
So proper now he’s doing his job and when he’s carried out, the individuals making these lists can put him the place he corresponds, so it’s essential to maintain profitable. It’s too untimely to make that decision now, however sooner or later, individuals answerable for that may put him the place he corresponds.
Q. The place do you assume Canelo might be ranked when his profession is all stated and executed?
CHEPO REYNOSO: Like I say, I can’t speak proper now. I can’t reply that proper now. But when we’re speaking about proper now, he would clearly be among the best fighters in historical past. He’s had nice moments and nice wins and till this second he has gained titles in two divisions, and he beat the beforehand seated greatest prime fighter. So, if we’re speaking about now, he will probably be thought-about top-of-the-line fighters in Mexican historical past.
Q. And another for you, Chepo. You’ve skilled 154, 160 and 168. What have you ever executed in another way from 160 to 168 for Canelo?
CHEPO REYNOSO: It’s all totally different, 154 kilos, 160 kilos, 168 kilos, what he places on his physique goes to be totally different on the subject of what he’s consuming, carbohydrates. Additionally, the power coaching is totally different in every division, however thank God, issues have been going nicely for us.
Q. Earlier than you signed the contract with DAZN, had you ever heard of DAZN? Do you know they have been streaming, versus tv? What was your information of DAZN and their enterprise?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: You recognize, the DAZN emblem I might see it, however to be honest, I had no concept what it was, the way it was managed till the supply got here to me. However to be honest, I didn’t know what it was earlier than.
Q. So now that you simply’re clearly the face of DAZN, have you ever subscribed to it? Have you ever checked it out? Have you ever seen how the stream seems? Are you speaking about it with your mates and your followers?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: Yeah, I downloaded it. I’ve it on my telephone. I’ve seen fights on it, I’ve related it to my TV and I’ve it on my telephone proper now. It’s all the time up to date with what is occurring.
Q. Do you assume it’s going to take rather a lot — I do know it’s not costly. I’ve it and it really works extraordinarily properly. How a lot do you assume it’s going to take to get your followers, boxing followers, to interrupt what they’re used to and to make the transition? Upon getting it, it’s extraordinarily straightforward to make use of, however you need to get them to take that first step. How a lot of a spokesperson will you be to attempt to persuade your legions of followers that this can be a solution to watch my fights?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: Not a lot, as a result of my followers need to watch me.
Q. It’s one factor to win all of the fights that you simply’ve gained, to win your title, to turn into a prime celebrity champion in boxing and then you definitely signal the document contract with DAZN. Did you’re taking extra satisfaction in being a champion or understanding that you simply signed the richest deal within the historical past of sports activities?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: All collectively, clearly, being champion, being among the best fighters, and then even this contract, it needed to move by means of all of that, you need to be the most effective, clearly. An important factor for me is to make historical past. The remaining will come collectively. To be one of many Mexicans with the ability to obtain this profitable contract for me is an honor.
Q. You, Canelo, would be the eighth fighter in historical past to battle at Madison Sq. Backyard and the primary as the primary occasion in about 35 years. How particular is it so that you can be doing this?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It fills me with a whole lot of satisfaction as a result of I do know nice fighters have fought there, like Muhammad Ali, and to say extra fighters can be pointless.
However to be the primary occasion there at MSG, and if I’m not mistaken, first Mexican there in a very long time, it fills me with delight.
Q. The query is for Canelo and Eric. Clearly the Mexican dates, a few of the most essential dates for Mexican fighters are in Might and September. Can December be a type of necessary dates, as nicely, particularly going into the vacation actions?
All of it will depend on Saul. He’s a younger fighter and he’s very disciplined and as he stated earlier than, he likes to struggle. He likes to battle. He all the time — he doesn’t transfer up an excessive amount of in weight, nevertheless it is determined by him. The dates in Might and September are essential. They’re essential, Chavez began it and it continued with Oscar De La Hoya and now it’s persevering with with Saul, and it’s essential for Mexican and Mexican American individuals in america, nevertheless it is determined by Saul. I do know that he’s all the time needed to struggle in December, and if he can and he’s capable of, no drawback, we’ll do it.
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: As Eric stated, my dates are Might and September, and I’ve the choice to battle in December.
For me it’s all the time essential to struggle typically. Just like the routine and I like self-discipline that’s in boxing, and I wish to struggle typically. I would really like for followers to assume that each time I battle, each time Canelo fights, it’s an necessary date, regardless of the date.
Q. The large Mexican fighters earlier than you, it was virtually a requirement to attempt to converse English, however often in your interviews, you’ve communicated in Spanish. Do you assume that has affected you almost about how a lot cash you make?
ERIC GOMEZ: You realize, one thing that Canelo is engaged on, typically he’s answering in English and he’s answering it extra and extra. However most significantly, he has a clear picture and that’s what sponsors like. He’s the one fighter proper now who immediately has sponsors.
Additionally his fashion of preventing, the best way he’s, the truth that he’s clear, all that’s higher than the language. It’s extra necessary.
And the message is robust: He’s disciplined, clear, educated and that’s extra essential than language. His fashion of preventing, too, he all the time provides nice exhibits and nice fights.
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It hasn’t affected me whether or not I converse English or not. I attempt to study as a lot as I can. I can perceive quite a bit, and I can keep a dialog and it has not affected me.
What worries me is preventing and coaching, and I feel individuals like that greater than speaking, as a result of in case you can converse English, however you’ll be able to’t struggle, otherwise you don’t give good fights, you recognize, it’s the identical factor.
Q. You’ve had a variety of achievements this yr. How would you describe the yr 2018 for you?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: It was a yr of a whole lot of studying. I discovered lots and I observed so much, however I really feel that despite the fact that it might have had a nasty begin it was extra the great.
I’ve all the time recognized who I’m, and I maintain my head up excessive, and it was a yr of profitable. I discovered rather a lot in my private and skilled life. I discovered to be tenacious and practice arduous and having a robust mentality, it may possibly take you from one excessive to the opposite, and I’m joyful all that I’ve achieved. All that I’ve achieved and what I’ve carried out has made me the person and the athlete that I’m immediately.
Q. Might you give me only a fast analysis of Fielding as a boxer, his strengths, weaknesses, what you want about him?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: He’s a robust fighter. He’s tall and he has loads of attain, and he’s additionally used to receiving punches from fighters of a unique weight class. I should see how I really feel as a result of it’s a danger there, however we’re coaching actual arduous to make sure that there are not any surprises.
Q. We’ve got a battle in Los Angeles, Tyson Fury with Deontay Wilder. Do you’ve got any ideas on that, how the struggle will go, what sort of a struggle and what do you assume is perhaps the winner?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: I don’t know who will win however will probably be a aggressive battle. Whoever provides extra within the ring will win but in addition whoever fights extra intelligently can win. Wilder throws good, highly effective photographs, and Tyson packing containers extra, he strikes extra, however we’ll see. I really feel it’s a aggressive battle.
Q. From these remarks, would you assume that maybe the boxer has the sting?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: We don’t know. Each have totally different types. Wilder could be very tall. It is going to be aggressive. If he can field with him and be very ready, then perhaps he can win this struggle.
Q. You’re ending 2018 towards Rocky Fielding, you stated with the win, you’re going to return right down to middleweight. Do you’ve an concept of what a few of your plans for 2019 is perhaps?
CANELO ÁLVAREZ: You already know, we don’t know but. Our plan is to win on December 15. After that, we’ll see and analyze plans for 2019.
THE MODERATOR: Thanks, everyone.
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