The absolute champion of the second middleweight (up to 76.2 kg) Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) gave
interview for the YouTube channel of The Ring magazine.
One of the most successful boxers today told how he feels after surgery on his hand, told how the rehabilitation went, named a possible month for his return, spoke about his desire to rematch against his offender, the WBA light heavyweight “super champion” (up to 79.4 kg) Russian Dmitry Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) and answered a question about the Beterbiev-Yard fight.
How is your hand after the operation?
– Fine. I started hitting the bag. Need a little more time. I feel good.
– Did your hand injury happen in the last fight?
No, it happened when I fought four times in 11 months. I had this problem 2 years ago. This series of fights had a bad effect on my hand. In preparation for the fight against Caleb Plant, she was really sick, there was a lot of pain. But I won. Then I said, “OK, I can do it again.” At Bivol’s training camp, she began to get sick again. Everything is stronger and stronger. Maybe I needed this operation two or three years ago.
Was the operation after the fight with Golovkin?
– After Golovkin, in October.
– How long did you wear plaster?
“They told me not to move her for six weeks. During the operation, they looked at everything from the inside, removed everything damaged. Then we started rehab. That’s what happened.
You couldn’t even play golf?
– Could not. 2.5 months without golf, without hitting, without anything.
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“So you had time to relax with your family and move away from everything else.
Yes, but it was so boring.
— [смеётся] Only watch TV.
“You can’t hit the bags, you can’t play golf, but I’m happy with the operation. I’m doing well now and I’m getting ready to fight again.
When do you think this will happen?
– May. Maybe May.
– Is John Ryder the main contender for the fight with you at the moment?
– I don’t know. We don’t know yet. Let’s see. We need to wait a bit. Another week or two to look at the hand, and then start thinking about what will happen next.
– You have achieved a lot in boxing. What other goals do you have? You are good in this sport and you are the biggest star in boxing, but what else do you want to achieve in boxing?
“There is always something. I will do whatever is best for my career, for my legacy.
– What do you think it could be? Is it certain fights or other weight classes or something like that?
– Weight categories, more championship belts, good fights.
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– If you could organize a fight, what kind of fight would it be?
“Right now I want a rematch with Bivol. This is the only fight I’m thinking about.
– Did you see the fight between Beterbiev and Yard?
– I didn’t look.
– They talk about the fight between Beterbiev and Bivol, it will also be a spectacular fight, but you are also there.
Yes, you never know.