Saúl Canelo Álvarez will face the Russian Dmitry Bivol on Saturday in a fight that will generate millions of dollars for the Mexican boxer.
It is the right moment at the right spot. Alvarez will fight in Las Vegas on Cinco de Mayo weekend, the first time since a pandemic forced the weekend’s cancellation.
“For me, it’s an honor to fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend. Here in Las Vegas, they celebrate it big,”Canelo spoke Spanish to reporters “It is an honor to represent my country on these dates. It is an honor for me to honor Mexico wherever I stand.”
Alvarez will fight in Las Vegas on Cinco de Mayo weekend, the first time since a pandemic forced the weekend’s absence.
Here are some facts about Guadalajara boxer and the upcoming bout.
WHEN WILL THE CANELO BIVOL FIGHT?
California time at 5 p.m. You can watch it on DAZN pay per view.
What is at stake?
Canelo, 31, 57-1-1, 39 KOs, is trying to be a two-time champion light heavyweight. In November 2019, he defeated Sergey Kovalez and then gave up his light heavyweight title to fight at just 168 pounds. Bivol will be his opponent (19-0, 11KOs) to recapture the title.
THE BEGINNING “CANELO”BOXING
His first major fights took place in Guadalajara’s streets, where he was challenged by hunger and other necessities.
He was forced to work because he felt the need to support his family. This is a common occurrence in Latin America. He is now one of the most respected and well-paid athletes in Mexico.
Canelo transformed from a child of poverty who helped his family sell popsicles to make ends meet to become a millionaire boxer. Forbes magazine placed him at the 48th spot of the highest-paid athletes in the country last year.
FOCUS ON STAYING FOCUSED
It was not easy. Canelo needed to find something in school that he couldn’t find in boxing. The athlete admitted that he was not a good student.
Canelo is now focused on his work, despite a fortune some believe could reach $500 million next year. The gym was his home for the last few days leading up his fight.
“I’m always in the gym,” Canelo says. “This is part of my life. It is something I love, something I enjoy. Each training is part of the process to get to a fight, I enjoy it.”
A GENEROUS SPORTSMAN
Maybe he was influenced by the hardships he suffered in childhood to become generous. When he was invited to help the victims of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, he didn’t think twice.
“Well yes, the truth is that they talked to me about donating and of course, I did with great pleasure. I always like to support the cause,” he said. “Whatever it is. Yes, we are going to donate a certain amount to Ukraine.”