Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has dismissed talk of future middleweight unification bouts ahead of facing Miguel Cotto this weekend.
The Mexican who boasts a record of (45-1-1-KO32) takes on WBC world champion Cotto (40-4-KO33) in Las Vegas in a huge night of boxing but with other divisional champions such as Irishman Andy Lee and American Daniel Jacobs also in action in the near future, Alvarez is refusing to look further than his attempt to dethrone the Puerto Rican and plans to stay focused with the job in hand.
Canelo has been quoted as saying “My focus is winning this fight – it’s very important,”
“Whatever happens after this fight, will happen after this fight, but this is my primary focus.
“Once it’s over, we will determine which direction we will go. This is a very difficult, 50/50 fight. I’m here, I’m ready to win, and I’m willing to win. All my fights are necessary to win.”
Both fighters have suffered a loss to the pound for pound great, Floyd Mayweather, but Alvarez says comparisons of their past performances against the now-retired champion have no significance on Saturday’s outcome and it will not effect the fight.
“All fights are different, all styles are different, so that’s not going to affect me at all,” he added.
“He may have done better against Mayweather. However, I did better against Austin Trout, and Cotto didn’t do that good against Austin Trout.
“All of my fights, I learned something. There are some important fights, there are some difficult fights, but with all these combined fights you gain experience, and with that experience I’m going to display that on Saturday night.”