WBA (Regular) super middleweight champion Canelo Álvarez will soon take on 19th December at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. However, the Mexican stalwart opens up about a different topic- exhibition matches in boxing, highlighting the Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul fight.
In 2021, boxing fandom will see Floyd Mayweather making his much-awaited return to the ring as the fifteen times world champion takes on YouTuber-cum-boxer Logan Paul in a super exhibition fight on 20th February.
The announcement of the fight has already received mixed reactions, with many criticisms even tagging the bout as a ‘disgrace’ to the sport. Now, Canelo Álvarez himself shares his views on the fight.
It’s a lack of respect: Exhibition fights aren’t Canelo Álvarez’s cup of tea
Recently, there have been a rise in popularity of non-professional boxers stepping inside the ring in huge exhibition fights and one of the most talked about out of them was the bout between Jake Paul and former NBA icon Nate Robinson.
However, Canelo Álvarez isn’t too fond of seeing anyone other than boxers inside the ring.
“Ya know, it’s all about the money,” Canelo spoke to TMZ, “I don’t think we would agree that people that are basketball players, that are YouTubers [should] get [boxing] licenses. Ya know, I don’t criticize. This is a very risky sport, and if you go up there, it’s very risky.”
While Logan already has his card set up against Mayweather, Jake Paul himself has been attempting to start a fire with UFC icon Conor McGregor. But Canelo clarifies he is not down for such kind of fights, although hinting that he’s down to give Jake Paul some sparring session about what boxing really is.
“I truly believe that it’s a lack of respect,” the 30-year-old went on, “It’s all based on money. It’s all for money. I’m focused right now on other projects.”
“I have other stuff going on, and I would invite him (Jake Paul) for a sparring session so that he truly knows what it’s all about,” added Canelo.