Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is set to collide with John Ryder in an undisputed super middleweight title fight on May 6. Despite being a massive betting favorite going into the clash, this fight is important to Canelo. It’ll be the first time he’s fought in his home country of Mexico since 2011.
Canelo Alvarez On Fighting In Mexico
Ahead of his upcoming title defense, Canelo spoke to Dan Rafael on the Big Fight Weekend podcast. During his podcast appearance, Canelo discussed the importance of fighting in Mexico for the first time in over a decade.
“I’ve been in big fights and big events before, but I think this is different because this is my hometown, my people who really want to see me fight,” Canelo said. “There’s a lot of people that can’t go to the USA for some reason and they are so excited. So, I think it’s gonna be a little bit different. I’m gonna feel more butterflies in my stomach.”
A Second Crack At Dmitry Bivol?
Canelo may be the undisputed kingpin at 168 pounds, but he doesn’t want to let go of the thought of potentially avenging his loss to WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol. When asked if a second showdown with Bivol is still on his radar, the Mexican megastar made his answer clear.
“Yeah, that’s my goal,” Canelo said. “Everybody knows that’s my goal to have the rematch with Bivol. If it’s not happening, we’ll see what happens, but that’s my goal, in the same weight class, 175, and same place and everything the same.”
Canelo insisted that he wasn’t 100 percent healthy when he fought Bivol back in May 2022. He told Rafael that a wrist injury negatively impacted his performance, and he believes that fighting four times in 11 months made his hand weaker and more susceptible to damage.