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Q&A: Alvarez focused on Trout, but thinking about Sept. 14
Saul Alvarez says he's focused on his 154-pound title unification bout with Austin Trout on April 20, but he also says wants to headline a big show on Sept. 14 even if it competes with Floyd Mayweather's planned pay-per-view date.
WBC 154-pound titleholder Saul "Canelo" Alvarez spoke to RingTV.com regarding his decision to face WBA counterpart Austin Trout in a clash of unbeaten contenders on April 20 at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Showtime rather than as the co-feature to the Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero fight on May 4.
Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya first informed RingTV.com on Feb. 27 that a proposed bout between Alvarez (41-0-1, 31 knockouts) and Trout (26-0, 14 KOs) would not happen on the May 4 Showtime Pay Per View card in Las Vegas.
Plans initially involved Mayweather and Alvarez facing each other on Sept. 14, on Mexican Independence Day weekend, if they won their respective bouts on May 4. But when Alvarez couldn't get Mayweather to sign a contract ensuring they would fight in September, the 22-year-old Mexican star pulled off the Mayweather-Guerrero card to headline his own show on April 20.
In a Q&A with RingTV.com, Alvarez said that if he and Mayweather are victorious in their next bouts, and the pound-for-pound king doesn't choose to face him on Sept. 14, he would be willing to fight someone else on that date and go up against Mayweather on separate cards.
That's what happened on Sept. 15 of last year, when the Showtime-televised Alvarez-Josesito Lopez card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas went up against an HBO Pay Per View-televised showdown between RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez WBC beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at Thomas & Mack Center.
Alvarez-Lopez attracted 1.04 million viewers for the live telecast, surpassing Bernard Hopkins' majority draw with light heavyweight Jean Pascal in December of 2010 for Showtime's highest viewership. Contested on Mexican Independence Day weekend, Alvarez-Lopez also drew the largest Hispanic audience for an individual bout on Showtime, surpassing Brandon Rios' 10th-round stoppage of Miguel Acosta in February of 2011.
Obviously, Alvarez is popular. And he believes that he can headline a successful pay-per-view event without Mayweather. Alvarez said if Mayweather does not choose to fight him in September, he would attempt to line up fights against either Martinez or Miguel Cotto, who is coming off consecutive unanimous decision losses to Mayweather and Trout.
Another potential opponent Alvarez would consider would be Mexican countryman and 154-pound contender Alfredo Angulo.
In the following Q&A, Alvarez addressed criticism that he has largely taken on undersized opponents such as Lopez and Alfonso Gomez, who troubled Alvarez before being stopping in the sixth round in September of 2011.
Alvarez stopped Cintron in the fifth-round in November of 2011 and defeated Mosley by unanimous decision last May.
Alvarez also recalled the fact that he was ringside for Trout's unanimous decision victory over his then-34-year-old brother, Rigoburto Alvarez, in February of of 2011 that ended his sibling's three-bout winning streak and earned Trout's current belt before their partisan fans at the Arena Colseo in Guadalajara, Mexico.
This interview was translated by Golden Boy's Ramiro Gonzalez:
RingTV.com: What do you want your fans to know about why you are fighting on April 20 against Trout and not on May 4 with Mayweather-Guerrero?
So nothing happened. So basically, he failed to keep his promise to us on what he told us in December, that I would fight on the undercard of his show on May 4.
RTV: Was part of the reason that the deal didn't come to fruition because Mayweather would not commit to facing you in September?
But nothing really happened. So, like I said, I have my options. Right now, though, the first option is going to be Austin Trout, and then my next option is going to come after that.
So my next fight is going to be in September and I have so many options, so many names. That will be my first pay per view headliner.
RTV: If Mayweather would have committed to fighting you in September, would you have fought on his undercard on May 4?
RTV: How badly did you want to fight Trout, and how do you see this fight going?
He knows a lot of tricks and I have to work to figure out Austin Trout. He's a southpaw and he has a lot of tricks. But I've been working on those things.
I've been ringside and seen him fight a few times, in person, so I know how to fight him. But like I said, he has my respect, and he's also a champion. So he's a good fighter with a lot of tricks.
RTV: Are you bothered by any of the criticism that you fought fighters who are either older or smaller than you?
RTV: With you and Mayweather saying that you are fighting on Sept. 14 if you win on May 4, how do you expect Golden Boy to resolve that date?
RTV: Do you believe that negotiations for a Cotto or Martinez fight will go smoothly?
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