Saul “Canelo” Alvarez blasts Mexican sports fans for continuously criticizing their country’s athletes. Canelo Alvarez thinks it is a shame Mexicans do not know how to appreciate what their athletes are doing for Mexico.
Alvarez told reporters that he is aware of how Mexican fans criticized their boxers following their poor showing in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Mexican boxing icon said that instead of hailing athletes for their sacrifices, fans from Mexico are doing it the other way around.
“The athletes are the ones that pretty much put Mexico on the map internationally,” Alvarez said via BoxingScene. And it’s a shame that sometimes they get criticized so harshly. I think that if we were all supporting each other, we would be in a better place.”
Canelo has first-hand experience on how harsh Mexican fans are. The 26-year-old absorbed brutal criticisms after he decided to face Liam Smith in his next fight instead of the popular choice, Gennady Golovkin.
Alvarez was supposed to defend the World Boxing Council middleweight title to Golovkin later this year. But instead of giving Golovkin a shot, Canelo decided to relinquish the title instead. Most fans called Alvarez a coward for avoiding a showdown with Golovkin.
But unlike other fighters who will easily get discouraged, the Guadalajara native said that he is more determined to train harder to silence his critics. Alvarez will face Smith on Sept. 17 at the AT&T Stadium in Texas.
“Obviously there’s critics sometimes, and there’s bad critics,” Alvarez said. “But the most important thing is that it doesn’t faze me. It doesn’t faze. That’s fine. I’m used to it by now and I’ve got to do what’s best for my career.”
Alvarez, who holds a 47-1-1 record with 33 knockout victories, is coming off a sixth-round knockout win over Amir Khan in May. He also scored a unanimous decision win over Miguel Cotto in their big-money bout in November last year, where he took the Puerto Rican’s WBC middleweight crown.