Canelo Alvarez held a media workout in San Diego on Wednesday, with the fighter and his promoter both giving some thoughts on Alvarez’s upcoming May 6 battle with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, a longtime press rival.
"We have prepared very well for this fight. I feel fast and strong, and not having to drop so much weight will benefit me come fight night,” Alvarez said, before turning his attention to his opponent.
"Chavez Jr has gotten to this point because of his name; he lacks the discipline to be the best,” he said. “He has had so many highs and lows in his career. I hope that he gets his act together and that we get the best Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in the ring on May 6. That is going to make the fight all the more action packed inside the ring. I don't want any excuses."
Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya, a two-time opponent of Chavez Jr’s father, offered his thoughts on the rivalry, too.
"The rivalry between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr goes back a while, and it's felt by both teams,” De La Hoya remarked. “Both Chavez Sr and Jr, for some reason, don't like Canelo. Perhaps it's because he's been the face of boxing for a while now. He's going to carry boxing on his shoulders for many years to come. Or, maybe they don't like Canelo because he's getting more attention for this fight than Jr is.”