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Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland met yesterday face to face for the first time to announce their May 9 bout at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. Joining the fighters were there respective promoters, Oscar De La Hoya and 50 Cent, and trainers.The card will air live on HBO.
I want to thank everyone for coming out today. As always you guys are very good to me you have always supported me.
First of all I want to thank all the people; I feel like home every time I come to Texas.
This is the first time that I am anxious to fight here and I am looking forward to fighting Kirkland. He is coming to fight. He is dangerous and powerful. I am also powerful and aggressive and I can guarantee you, this is going to be an explosive fight.
I am very happy to be with Golden Boy Promotions, they want to make the best fights and so do I. I want to give fans an exciting night of boxing on May 9.
I want to thank HBO Championship Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, SMS Promotions for giving me this opportunity.
I’m ready to put my life on the line and give it everything I’ve got. I want to show my fans what I’ve really come to do.
May 9, we’re here. Team Kirkland!
Oscar De La Hoya:
Canelo has faced all the top guys at this age. Why? Because he wants to be the very best and to be the very best you have to fight the very best.
We have to pair the best styles to create the best fight. No questions asked, this is going to be the fight of the year.
We have all seen what Kirkland can do. He is a tough fighter. But, these are the types of the fights that Canelo loves, the fights for the fans.
In just two hours since they went on sale, 15,000 tickets have been sold for May 9.
Canelo has said he wants to fight in Texas once a year. That is how important the Teaxs fans are to Canelo Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions.
We are happy to announce that tickets start at $10. The $10 seat is probably the best seat because of how the arena is built. We wanted to reasonably price these tickets out of respect for the fans.
We are thrilled and happy that we can have this fight here in Texas. Come Saturday May 9, we know that a lot of fans from San Antonio will be driving down and filling up the place in Houston.
We are extremely happy to have a home for this fight and what better place than HBO.
It’s a pleasure to be here and announce one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year.
Fans will see something really exciting on May 9. In James, you have a fighter who is powerful, intense and aggressive.
James is a powerful warrior, and you all will get to see him in action on May 9.
JOSE “CHEPO” REYNOSO, Canelo Trainer:
We’re here to give you guys thanks, we are very thankful for all the support. We are also here to invite you to Houston on May 9.
Styles make fights and the boxing styles of Canelo and Kirkland will make a war in the ring on May 9. Both of these fighters have come to fight.
May belongs to the Mexicans, and on May 9 we will be chanting ‘Viva Mexico!’ ‘Viva Canelo!’
EDDIE REYNOSO, Head Trainer for Canelo Alvarez:
I want to thank everyone for being here. We are training hard to prepare Canelo to be ready to face a tough contender on May 9.
On May 9 we have a dangerous fight, a fight that could end at any time with one punch. That’s why we have been getting ready since the second week of January. That’s why we are going get ready like never before. Kirkland is a fighter with a very big punch and he’s very good.
I want to invite all of you to see Canelo May 9 at Minute Maid Park so that you can see a great knock out.
BAY-BAY McCLINTON, Trainer for James Kirkland:
I’ve know James since he was 16 years old. He was in my training camp I had eight guys. And, out of those eight guys James stood out the most to me. He promised me that ‘Whenever I have a big fight, you’re going to be the guy.’ He called me, and he stuck to his word.
He’s going through hell right now, but I’ll tell you, come May 9 he’s not going to be a pit bull – he is going to be a beast.
Canelo Alvarez vs. James Kirkland, is a 12-round super welterweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Canelo Promotions, SMS Promotions and Leija*Battah Promotions and is sponsored by Corona Extra and Mexico – Live it to Believe it! The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets for Canelo vs. Kirkland priced at $350, $150, $100, $50, $25 and $10, plus applicable fees and service charges, and are on sale now and available for purchase at the Minute Maid Park Box Office (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, online atwww.ticketmaster.com. There is a 19-ticket limit per household.