Canelo Alvarez Blog Part 2: Thursday, September 8 – HBO PPV: Canelo vs. Smith

/ September 8, 2016 - 12:33pm

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Looking at Mexican boxing today, you are probably one of the best fighters from that country right now. What do you have to do from now on to make sure you belong in the rich history go Mexican boxing?

“I feel like I am making my way into that pantheon. Mexican fighters have the reputation of taking on everyone and leaving everything in the ring. If you look at my record and the way I fight, I am trying to follow that model.

“Anyone who knows me understands how much my country means to me. I was born in Mexico, I live in Mexico, and I spend most of my down time in Mexico, as well. I grew up idolizing Mexican fighters of the previous generations.

“Fighting and beating Miguel Cotto and playing a role in the Mexico versus Puerto Rico rivalry was among the biggest highlights of my boxing life.

“But I also realize I am still young and have to keep working to be known as one of the all-time greats of Mexican boxing. That is a major motivation for me.

“So I will continue to do what I have done since I was 15 years old: Take my training seriously, fight the best of the best and take nothing for granted. If I am lucky enough to be considered among the all-time greats of Mexican fighters, I will be extremely grateful.

“I would also like to note that there are many other Mexican fighters – particularly with Golden Boy Promotions who are today helping to carry the torch of the past. Champions like Francisco Vargas and contenders like Antonio Orozco are helping to ensure that Mexican boxing will be here forever.”

The HBO Sports special ROAD TO CANELO/SMITH debuts Saturday, September 10 at 12:45 a.m. (ET/PT) immediately following HBO World Championship Boxing.

Alvarez challenges Britain’s Liam Smith for his junior middleweight crown when Canelo vs. Smith takes place Saturday, September 17 from AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, live  on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.