Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions discusses the success of the Canelo vs Lopez show last Saturday night in Las Vegas, as well as what could be coming next for Canelo Alvarez with Fight Hub TV.
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Fight Hub TV: "A week ago, Bob Arum said that this would be a simply meaningless fight. What would you like to say to that now?"
Richard Schaefer: "Tonight was the coming out party, in a different way for Canelo Alvarez. Canelo Alvarez, for those fight fans who were there, the media members which were there, they witnessed something very special, which you see very few times. You really saw Canelo Alvarez breaking through. You saw the crowd, you saw the reaction. That special something, that electricity in the air, which I really have only seen, the last time, at a De La Hoya fight. Yelling, screaming female fans. It was just absolutely an unbelievable night of boxing. A night of boxing, top to bottom, where people stayed, they were so excited. They were talking about the fights, not just about Canelo's fight. It was maybe one of the best nights of boxing Golden Boy has ever promoted."
Fight Hub TV: "Where does Canelo go from here, in your opinion?"
Schaefer: "He's ready to take on anyone. Obviously there are three names which jump out. One of them, of course, is the pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather. Another one is Miguel Cotto. And another one is Sergio Martinez. I think these are the three big names. Of course, Floyd Mayweather being a class and a league of his own. He's the best fighter in the world and he's going to decide when, where, and who he wants to fight. I know Floyd. He always likes to put together the biggest fights, the best fights. He holds the record. As a matter of fact, I just got the World Guiness Book of Records certificate for the biggest pay-per-view fight in the history of the sport, which was Mayweather against De La Hoya with over two and a half, I think it's almost, like, 2.6 million homes now. We always, Floyd and me, we always say that records are here to be broken. And I know that Floyd and me will break that record. So we're going to be looking at what's the biggest challenge out there? And I think that Canelo Alvarez, with that huge following he has, with the exciting style he has, certainly will be one of the names Floyd will consider."
Fight Hub TV: "Leading up to this fight, did you find it difficult, or were you concerned at all, having the Martinez-Chavez fight on the same night?"
Schaefer: "As I said, I believe in our cards, I believe in our fights. I believe that Canelo Alvarez is a superstar. We are not going to be influenced by the other promotional outfit. What they do and when they do it, and so on. It doesn't concern us. And you saw tonight was a huge night. A huge night for boxing, because you did have 35,000 paying customers in two venues, located about a mile apart. It was a big night for Golden Boy, and it was a great night for the fight fans here attending at the MGM Grand. As I said, I don't remember a night which was so special aas tonight was. And those people who were here, I can assure you, they will never forget September 15, 2012, and the fight, and Canelo Alvarez's coming out party here at the MGM Grand."