Boxing promoter Oscar de la Hoya says does not understand Canelo Alvarez and his decision not to face Mexicans, even though he already imagines a fight between him and Jaime Munguia.
Back in August, Canelo spoke to FightHype.com about the upcoming clash between Dmitry Bivol and Gilberto Ramirez next month. While Canelo nodded that he will be up for the rematch with Bivol if he defeats “Zurdo” Ramirez, but won’t fight the latter if he wins because he doesn’t want to fight his fellow countrymen.
“If Zurdo [wins] – I don’t want to fight with Mexicans,” said Canelo, “I don’t want to fight with Mexicans. I think Zurdo has a lot of chance to win, and I want him to win. If he wins, we will see if I want the rematch with Bivol, I don’t know.”
However, this isn;t the only instance of Canelo snubbing an all-Mexican affair. Its been quite some time that a fight between Canelo and David Benavidez has been insisted on, but the undisputed super middleweight champion clearly stated that he will not be disrespected by anyone wanting that fight to take place.
The reason why people want to see Mexicans fight is because we give good fights: Oscar De La Hoya
In the meantime, Oscar De La Hoya expresses that he cannot comprehend Canelo making this decision to swerve away from fighting Mexicans.
“Imagine a fight between Canelo Álvarez and Jaime Munguía, for example,” De la Hoya told Fight Hub TV. “When Jaime is ready at 168 pounds. Or (imagine) a fight with Canelo and Zurdo Ramírez ,” De la Hoya added to a question from AS USA. “I really don’t understand that he doesn’t want to fight Mexicans , but they are his personal reasons.”
The former six division world champion and Golden Boy Promotions founder recalled some fights between Mexicans and said he never heard anyone say they didn’t want to fight a compatriot.
“I have never heard a fighter say that,” De La Hoya went on, “I saw a fight between Julio César Chávez and (Mario) Azabache Martínez. Obviously they are 2 Mexicans and they gave us a great fight. Perhaps the fight of the century, and two Mexicans.”
“The reason why people want to see Mexicans fight is because we give good fights. Exciting fights, tough fights, strong fights, but they are fights for history,” De La Hoya added.