Canelo Alvarez and Austin Trout kicked off their quick Texas press tour yesterday in San Antonio, with both fighters saying they're primed and ready for their April 20 clash.
"Austin Trout impressed me with his win over Miguel Cotto and my brother. But I feel that in boxing, it's my time now, and I will show Trout why I am the best in the division. Champions should fight each other because that's what true champions do. I know he will be a tough challenge, but I'm confident I will be the unified champion at the end of the night. Beating him will make a statement, and in so doing, I plan to avenge my brother's loss to him and bring victory home to Mexico too."
"I'm absolutely ready to face Canelo and all of his fans who will be out in full force in San Antonio that night. Although he is a true champion, I don't believe he has had the ring experience or has faced the competition he should have in order to be able to handle the skills that I will show him when we fight April 20. I have already defeated his brother and taken his belt, and I plan on making it two for two against the Alvarez's in my in my quest to be the best. I have no doubt that I will retain my title and takes his with me too. I can't wait."
Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy Promotions
"Canelo has proven with each challenge he has faced that he is getting better and has fast become a superstar in the sport not only because of his talent, but also because of his unbelievable fan base that continues to grow every time he fights. Austin Trout is an incredible fighter with superb boxing skills and a great champion in his own right. I'm very excited to see what happens when these two fighters meet in the ring on April 20. Golden Boy is going back to Texas in true Texas fashion with a huge fight at the Alamodome in San Antonio, the home of great boxing fans who love and appreciate the sport. It's going to be a great night for everyone involved."
Jesse James Leija, Promoter
"We are very excited to work with Oscar de la Hoya, the entire Golden Boy Promotions team, Canelo Promotions and SHOWTIME on this sensational event. Boxing fans in Texas have a terrific opportunity to be part of a memorable evening headlined by two of the sports finest competitors."
Stephen Espinoza, Showtime Sports
"At just 22 years of age, Canelo's appeal is undeniable and still growing. We are thrilled to have him headlining once again when he will face the toughest opponent of his career. Austin Trout, likewise, helped set a ratings record on our network last December when he upset future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto with an impressive, coming-of-age performance. Canelo vs. Trout is exactly the type of fight that Showtime has become known for - a match-up between two of boxing's brightest stars in which the outcome is impossible to predict. Naturally, as a programmer, I am thrilled to deliver this world championship unification to Showtime subscribers. As a fight fan, I can't wait to be ringside at a raucous Alamodome."
Michael Sawaya, Alamodome
"We are pleased to join Golden Boy Promotions, Canelo Promotions and Leijah & Battah Promotions in bringing this highly coveted match-up to our city. San Antonio has long been a host for many championship events and this world title bout continues our long tradition."