Canelo still feels natural at 154, says ‘stay tuned’ for 2017
Canelo Alvarez discusses weight differential ahead of his return to 154 pounds at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas this weekend.
What’s the biggest difference form fighting at 154 and 160? It seems only a small difference, but what are the changes/adjustments you have to make during training camp?
“No matter what weight a fighter is competing at, it takes hard work and dedication.
“For the last six years, my body has felt best and I have been strongest as a junior middleweight. I still feel that way today.
“Boxing history is full of fighters who have stayed at the same weight for the majority of their careers – and others who have moved up.
“Marvin Hagler spent his entire career at middleweight. Roy Jones Jr. went from middleweight to heavyweight. Bernard Hopkins spent a long part of his career at middleweight and then jumped two divisions to light heavyweight.
“Do I think I will eventually move up to middleweight and perhaps beyond? I do; when my body feels it’s time.
“My promoters and trainers have always told me that as you get into your late 20s and early 30s, your body continues to change and going up in weight become more natural. Having just turned 26, I will see how I feel as I grow older.
“For the time being, I will continue to campaign at junior middleweight and am looking forward to once again regaining the championship at that weight class.
“What 2017 has in store…stay tuned.”
Alvarez challenges Britain’s Liam Smith for his junior middleweight crown when Canelo vs. Smith takes place Saturday, September 17 from AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.