Despite having only lost one fight in the last decade, there is a growing narrative that Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is a boxer on the decline and that it may not be too long before conversations are had about him retiring from the sport.
However, on a recent appearance on The Breakfast Club, Alvarez revealed he is planning to continue for perhaps slightly longer than some would have expected.
The pound for pound star explained that he could potentially continue in the sport for another five years before he hangs up the gloves for good.
“I think I’ve got four years more. Five years, maybe. I’ve been in professional boxing since I was fifteen years old. That’s almost eighteen years fighting professionally.”
“I always said 36 or 37, around that age [is when I would retire]. That’s going to be enough, it’s a lot of years in boxing. I’ll have accomplished a lot of things and then I’ll need to enjoy my life with my family and everything.”
‘Canelo’ has had a whopping 63 fights in his professional career and picked up world titles in four different weight classes, so regardless of what happens during the rest of the time in the sport, the Mexican will leave as a first ballot hall of famer.
None of that will be on his mind at the minute, though, with his focus in the direction of his undisputed world title defence against Jermell Charlo on September 30th in Las Vegas.
It is Alvarez’ first outing under a three fight deal with Al Haymon’s PBC, with the likes David Benavidez, Demetrius Andrade and even Charlo’s twin brother Jermall in the running for future clashes against the 33 year old.