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SAN DIEGO — WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez hosted his media workout today at the House of Boxing. The linear champ is now roughly two weeks out from his title defense against Amir Khan.
It’s hard to say what type of shape Canelo is since he notably did not remove his shirt. Will he have problems getting down to his “Caneloweight” of 155 pounds?
Here’s what he had to say about his training focus, expectations for Khan’s strategy, and selling the fight.
The card airs Saturday May 7 on HBO pay-per-view.
I always prepare 100 percent for every fight. They only thing that changes is the strategy. Every fighter is different, every fighter brings different skills and you have to adjust for that. For Amir, we have focused on increasing my hand speed, counter punching and preparing for lots of movement and footwork.
We believe [Amir] will adopt a similar style to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Erislandy Lara; however, we have made sure that I am prepared for that style of boxing and anything he brings to the table to not be surprised on fight night.
I have my game plan and he has his. We are both preparing to the best of our ability to what we know are each other’s strengths. Yet, fight night can be very unpredictable. You have to adjust to what your opponent is doing and also apply pressure at the same time. I can’t predict a definite outcome, but I can say that I am going to bring the best of me in the ring.
I don’t like to talk trash just to be able to sell fights. What I do is I train hard and do my talking in the ring. I want people to respect me and to follow my fights, not because of what I say but what I do.