Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has said he is focused on becoming an all-time great as the Mexican star prepares for his unification clash with Caleb Plant.
Canelo (56-1-2) will put his WBA, WBC and WBO belts on the line against the undefeated IBF Plant Champion (21-0) in Saturday’s successful clash in Las Vegas.
Ahead of his historic tilt to the undisputed super middleweight crown, Canelo made his intentions clear in the last press conference ahead of the tantalizing bout.
“That’s the goal, to be an all-time great,” Canelo said at Wednesday’s press conference, the winner becoming the first undisputed super middleweight champion of the four-belt era. âI am so proud to try to achieve this.
âI’ll never stop until I do my best to be one of the greatest of all time. Only one thing goes through my mind, and that’s winning.
“That’s the only thing that concerns me. Everything else is beyond me. The only thing that matters to me is what’s going to happen inside the ring on Saturday night.”
Canelo added: “The fact that I can make history this weekend with Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez is very motivating for me. My goal is to make this weekend an incredible one for Mexico.”
The midweek meeting was much more civil than the September press conference after the couple were involved in a physical altercation.
“People are going to say what they are going to say. But I have the final say and I can’t wait to prove everything in the ring. I can’t focus on what others are saying about me. If I was listening skeptics, I wouldn’t even be there, âsaid US boxer Plant.
âI’ve been the underdog once. It’s a place I love to be. I love that people root against me. It gives me extra motivation, but when you fight Canelo for unchallenged status, you don’t need much more motivation than this.
“Make sure to log in. It’s not only the biggest fight of the year, but you are logging in to witness history when I am crowned the Undisputed Super Middleweight Champion.”
Meanwhile, UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is planning a sensational boxing clash with Canelo.
Usman – on a 14-game winning streak, the second in history – signaled the idea ahead of Saturday’s UFC 268 in New York City, which would be reminiscent of mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor’s boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2017.
McGregor lost to undefeated five-division world champion Mayweather via a 10th round TKO.
“I think it’s something that [would be] the greatest in history, âsaid Usman, speaking ahead of Saturday’s UFC 268 in New York City. âThat’s what I’m trying to do. This is something that scares me. It’s something that wakes me up in the morning. This is something I could risk leaving my daughter for another 12 weeks.
âHe’s a master at his craft,â Usman said of Canelo. âHe’s used to these boxers. He’s used to boxing speed and boxing moves and things like that. We’re different. Sometimes different can be good. What’s wrong with give it a different look? Sure, it’s a big tree to climb, but we saw what happened the last time I was the underdog. “