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LAS VEGAS – Demonstrating absolute confidence, Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez appeared on Thursday at the last press conference for his fight against the Russian Dmitry Bivol as he had never been seen. The Mexican star fighter answered questions with a Starbucks drink in hand and with his 4-year-old daughter María Fernanda sitting on her lap.
Two days before he steps into the ring to seek to snatch the World Boxing Association light heavyweight championship from Bivol, Canelo Álvarez shows that he literally savors the moment he lives as an athlete and also on a family level.
“He’s a really good fighter, he’s got a lot of skills, a lot of experience in the amateurs, he’s a solid champion at 175 pounds,” Alvarez said when asked by promoter Eddie Hearn, acting as moderator, about the challenge he will face on Saturday. at the T-Mobile Arena.
“But I know I’m ready. I trust my abilities, I have a lot of confidence in myself, ”said the man who has just swept the entire super middleweight division.
Little María Fernanda, who celebrated her 4th birthday in December with a big party, had been called by her father before the start of the round of questions to accompany him in front of the media cameras. She went up to the stage installed in the Ka Theater of the MGM Grand with a jacket that showed on the back an image of Saúl receiving a kiss from his wife Fernanda and with them the girl herself, with the legend “Álvarez Family”.
By the way, when Canelo was talking about his high degree of confidence for Saturday’s fight, the girl was caught sticking her tongue out in the direction of Bivolas can be seen in the video.
The 31-year-old redhead, who did not stop giving his daughter kisses, managed to concentrate on the questions Hearn asked him.
“These kinds of challenges are going to put me at the top of the boxing history books. I feel alive when I have these challenges. I respect Dmitry Bivol’s boxing skills, but it’s my moment, I feel in my best shape and I enjoy these types of events”, Álvarez affirmed. “I know that he is going to give everything and I like the idea, because all I really want is to have a good fight”
Canelo finished off by saying what it means to him to fight on another Cinco de Mayo weekend: “I feel proud to represent my country… I can’t wait.”
The presence of Saúl Álvarez’s daughter at a press conference was unusual, but it is something that It happens frequently in other sports, especially since NBA superstar Stephen Curry started appearing with his daughter Riley.who once asked the Warriors star to keep quiet in front of the press.
By the way, Canelo and Curry have golfed and boxed a bit.
This Friday the weigh-in ceremony will be held, the last stop before Canelo vs. bivol.