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Canelo Alvarez – Exclusive One-on-One Interview

IMG_4667After the final press conference concluded, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez took the time to partake in brief one-on-one interviews. I had the unique privilege to sit down with the Mexican superstar to get his perspective on the upcoming fight in San Antonio, TX.

Here’s a transcript of the questions and answers that were discussed with Saul Alvarez.

Steve Lopez: “Canelo, how are you feeling with just a few more days left for the fight?”

Saul Alvarez: “I’m ready, I’m ready. I prepared myself very well. Ready for anything. Obviously, we all come with the mentality of winning and that’s what I’m here for.

Steve Lopez: “How are you as far as weight? The weigh-in is tomorrow. How do you feel?”

Saul Alvarez: “Really well. The most I do is 20-30 minutes to lose whatever extra weight I gain from eating. I eat just enough to maintain the weight. Everything is great.” Continue reading

Day 2: Canelo-Trout Fight Week – Final Press Conference

IMG_4802The boxing buzz continued in San Antonio, TX with Day 2 of the Saul Alvarez VS. Austin Trout fight week. Day 2 consisted of the Final Press Conference to officially provide closing remarks from the fighters, trainers and promotion managers. Media members from all avenues ranging from television stations/networks, news columnists, internet media and local broadcasting gathered to provide exclusive coverage of the Super Middleweight unification showdown taking place in a few days at the Alamodome.

If media individuals were expecting scuffles and bittersweet trash talking from either camp, those individuals were surely disappointed. On the contrary, all of the fighters and camp members, along with promotional representatives, exerted the utmost professionalism towards their opponents and media members. With over 35,000 tickets already sold and countless viewers scheduled to tune in on the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast, this event requires no additional tactics to promote itself. Continue reading

Canelo Alvarez, Austin Trout & April 20 Undercard San Antonio Workout Quotes

Canelo_KR6A1471CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion

“If I want to win this fight, I have to move fast. I have to watch out for Trout’s left. I’ve been studying his style and I can definitely adapt to it. It’s going to be tough, but I know I can beat him. I trust I have what it takes to beat him.

“On Saturday, after defeating Trout, I will raise my hand and my belt and will be thinking of my brother. That belt is his.

“I’m 100 percent ready for Trout. He’s a world-class boxer and an undefeated world champion.

“I’m thankful to the people of San Antonio. They give me great motivation and they have an amazing energy. Continue reading

Day 1: Canelo-Trout Fight Week — Media Workouts, Exclusive Gallery and Quotes

IMG_4554The state of Texas is once again on the boxing spotlight: Saul Alvarez VS Austin Trout fight week has finally arrived in San Antonio, TX!

Although the fighters have been in the city for a few days already, the events that are open to the public and the media officially started this Wednesday 04/17/13. Day 1 featured public workouts from the main fighters on the card: Abner Cotto, Jermall Charlo, Raul Martinez, Austin Trout, Omar Figueroa, Jr. and Saul Alvarez. Even though the activities were taking place during a cloudy afternoon with no sunshine at all and vague mists of rain, the weather did not stop the fans from coming out and showing their support and excitement!

The fighters showcased some of their workout drills, routines and shadowboxing right in front of the historic Alamo monument in downtown San Antonio, TX. WBA Welterweight Champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi was at hand to lead the event along with Jesse James Leija, a fantastic live band and mariachi group. I had the privilege to capture quotes and visuals from the event. Continue reading

Canelo Alvarez and Austin Trout media conference call transcript

canelo33Kelly Swanson

Thank you everybody for joining us today. You are on this call to talk to both the World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Champion, Canelo Alvarez, and the WBA Super Welterweight World Champion, Austin Trout. We will start with Canelo Alvarez first and then Mr. Trout will join for the completion of the call.

We will also be sending out a Fight Week schedule and you will be receiving more information about the show, which takes place Saturday, April 20th. But to give you more details about what’s going on and what we’re talking about today I’d like to turn the call over to Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. Oscar? Continue reading

Over 3,000 additional seats added for Canelo Alvarez vs. Austin “No doubt” Trout – tickets go on sale Monday!

San Antonio, Texas (April 12) – Even with approximately 33,000 tickets already purchased for the WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine Super Welterweight World Championship Unification bout between WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez and WBA Super Welterweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout on Saturday, April 20 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, tickets are still in extremely high demand. As a result, two bleacher packages will be added to the existing set-up allowing for additional seating for over 3,000 people. Newly created seating will be available for purchase at the Alamodome box office on Monday, April 15 at noon CT. Continue reading

Showtime Sports® takes viewers behind the scenes of Canelo Alvarez vs. Austin Trout with a special all access preview available now

NEW YORK (April 8, 2013)-From the makers of ALL ACCESS, SHOWTIME® Sports takes viewers behind the scenes and into the lives of undefeated WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez and unbeaten WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Austin Trout with a sneak peek of their highly anticipated fight in a special ALL ACCESS: CANELO vs. TROUT PREVIEW. Cameras follow Canelo and Trout through intense workouts, on a three-city press tour and during personal moments in the lead up to the most important fight of their lives on Saturday, April 20 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas which will be televised live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT).

The 11-minute ALL ACCESS: CANELO vs. TROUT PREVIEW is airing interstitially on SHOWTIME and is available online in its entirety. Media can view, share and embed the full episode on their site. Continue reading

Trout: What’s Canelo going to do when things don’t go his way on April 20th?

canelo211WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) thinks his opponent WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) won’t be able to make the right adjustments when things don’t go his way this month in their fight on April 20th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Trout sees Canelo as being someone that has only gear and can’t adapt to different situations, especially when all of a sudden he is getting out-boxed for the first time in his career. Canelo badly wants to beat Trout because he defeated his brother Rigoberto Alvarez two years ago in winning an easy 12 round unanimous decision to capture the vacant WBA junior middleweight title in 2011. Continue reading

Lederman sees Canelo obliterating Trout on 4/20

alvarez346HBO broadcaster Harold Lederman doesn’t see WBA light middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) having much of any chance this month in his fight with WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 32 KO’s) on April 20th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Lederman thinks the 22-year-old Canelo will overpower Trout and get an easy knockout win. I imagine Lederman is putting Trout in the same class as light welterweight Josesito Lopez, who Canelo just annihilated in five rounds last September.

Lederman said to “I hate to say this but I think Canelo’s going to destroy him…Canelo’s something special…Canelo is a star. He can box, he can move, he can punch…he fights like a veteran that’s 35.” Continue reading

Canelo Alvarez Los Angeles Media Workout Quotes

1321(PHOTO CREDIT: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions) SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (April 4, 2013) – Mexican superstar and WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez held a media workout on Thursday at the jam-packed Wild Card West in Santa Monica, Calif., in preparation for his world championship unification showdown against undefeated WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Austin Trout taking place on Saturday, April 20, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). The 12-round Super Welterweight World Championship Unification from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas is for Canelo’s WBC title, Trout’s WBA title and the vacant Ring Magazine title.

The throng of media members at Wild Card West was just a warm-up for what Canelo can expect in San Antonio when he faces the toughest opponent of his career at the 30,000-plus seat Alamodome later this month. Joining Canelo on Thursday at Wild Card West was manager Chepo Reynoso, trainer Eddy Reynoso and President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya. Continue reading

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