WBA (Regular) super middleweight champion Canelo Álvarez has opened up about his retirement plans and says he will walk out of the ring from good when he’s 35.
Canelo Álvarez wants to keep going for five more years
Four-division world champion Canelo Álvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) is set to take on WBA (Super) super-middleweight titleholder Callum Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) on 19th December at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
However, just ten days prior to the fight that will mark his return to the ring after more than a year, Canelo, 30, still plans to don the gloves for five more years until he decided to quit the sport for good and look into his business, as well as hit the golf course.
“My aim is to retire at 35, but let’s see what my body says,” Canelo said in an interview with ESPN Deportes, “if it’s still strong and ready to continue fighting for two or three years, but my aim is to retire at 35 and dedicate myself to my business and playing golf.”
Those who know more about boxing consider me the best P4P fighter: Canelo Álvarez
All things considered, retirement is still years away and currently looking forward to take on Smith, Canelo Álvarez asserts a strong statement about the P4P rankings in boxing.
“Those who know more about boxing consider me the best pound-for-pound [fighter]” Mexican went on, “and that is what matters, and the truth is that I no longer have to prove anything.”
While The Ring magazine, BoxRec and Boxing Writers Association of America rank him at the top, both ESPN and Transnational Boxing Rankings Board have placed Canelo 2nd in their P4P rankings, pitting Terence Crawford and Naoya Inoue as the top seed respectively.
“I always come in to demonstrate what I can do. I can never have [everyone] happy, and the truth is that I don’t care about that, I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, I’m showing myself that I can have a great career and a great story, and that’s what interests me, to show myself that I can be one of the best in boxing history,” added Canelo.