Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has arguably been the face of boxing for a number of years, but the pound-for-pound star has admitted that he doesn’t like the sport.
The Mexican fighter is one of the greats of this era, a multi-weight champion who has taken on plenty of challenges and overcome most of them.
He cleared out the middleweight division with wins over the likes of Gennadiy Golovkin, he beat Callum Smith, Daniel Jacobs, Caleb Plant and Billy Joe Saunders at super middleweight and Sergey Kovalev at light heavy before eventually coming unstuck against Russian technician Dmitrii Bivol in May 2022.
Next up is a super middleweight unification fight with Jermell Charlo on September 30 in Las Vegas. Though Charlo is the man coming up two divisions for the fight, he is still the naturally bigger fighter. Charlo has fought just twice in two years with one split draw and then a rematch win against Brian Carlos Castano.
In a rare interview with Breakfast Club, Canelo spoke in fantastic English about promoting boxers but not loving the sport.
“I don’t like boxing. I don’t like boxing, I like business. I don’t like watching boxing. I like training and being involved in the fight and everything. But for business, I have other business to do. I don’t see myself in boxing.
Canelo then revealed his son wants to follow in his footsteps.
“My son wants to be a boxer. I don’t want it but it’s not my choice. He wants to be a boxer I say OK, in two or three years you spar, take a punch then tell me again you want to be a boxer.”
His own professional career famously started aged just 15 so it might not be long before we see Canelo Jr appearing on fight cards.