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Press Conference for Future Canelo Fight

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New York, NY – The Hard Rock Café in Times Square was the site of the second of three international press conferences held to promote the Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez’s  (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) first defense of the WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal World Middleweight Championship against Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KO’s).

Although the bout is scheduled at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 7, the pressers were scheduled for London on February 29, New York City on March 1 and in Los Angeles on March 2. Chepo Reynoso, one of the managers of Álvarez, told the New York crowd, “It’s indispensable to be in New York to promote a great fight.”

The purpose of a pre-fight press conference is to increase the number of attendees and viewers, in this fight to be televised by HBO-PPV. Thus, it was intended to show the bout will be extremely competitive, not a one-sided affair.

The manager of each fighter words of praise for the opposing boxer. Shah Khan, father and manager of Amir, stated, “After Floyd Mayweather, Álvarez is the best fighter out there pound for pound and Amir wanted the best.” The champ’s manager and trainer Eddy Reynoso remarked, “We are facing a very disciplined fighter who is young, strong, fast and very tough.”

Oscar de la Hoya, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions pointed out the bout will be one of “speed (Khan) versus power (Álvarez)” and “youth versus youth”. It is unusual when a championship bout between two fighters who have had extensive amateur backgrounds and both began their pro careers in 2005, yet are still in their 20’s.

After compiling a 44-2 amateur record, Álvarez fought his first pro fight at the age of 15. Before reaching the age of 21, he captured the WBC Super Welterweight crown. Two years later, he earned the WBA title.

The 25 year-old currently holds the WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Championship, which he won in a 12 round bout with legendary Puerto Rican champion Miguel Cotto.

His only defeat was by decision to Floyd Mayweather in 2013. He had a four round draw in his fifth pro fight in 2006.

Khan, 29, was a Silver medalist in the 2004 Olympics. He later won a rematch over the Gold medal winner, Mario Kindelan of Cuba, and then turned pro in 2005 at the age of 18. The former holder of two world titles, Khan lost two straight bouts to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, but has won his last five bouts.

At the conference Khan answered a criticism that he has consistently fought at lower weights and does not have the strength of a middleweight, “This is a fight I can win instead of killing myself trying to make the weight. Maybe Amir Khan is a natural middleweight.”

Since the public as well as members of the media were present, those most vocal shouted their strong support for the Mexican champion.

About Howard Goldin

Howard Goldin is a 72-year-old Bronx native whose passion for sports is evidenced by his 15 years of sports writing with Latino Sports. A former English instructor at Monroe College, his love for sports started with baseball and have expanded since. If there’s a sport or a community event, Howard will be in attendance covering it.

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