Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez has made it clear that he has no interest in stepping into the ring to face any of his countrymen.
He has had 61 total fights in his career, winning 57, drawing two and losing two of them. But, he hasn’t taken on a fellow Mexican since facing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in 2017.
That was in 2017 when Canelo faced the son of the Mexican boxing legend, on a card that took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In that bout, Alvarez took the victory in a rather routine fashion, winning by unanimous decision.
Now, though, he no longer wants to step in the ring with anyone from his own country, not even Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez.
“I don’t want to fight with Mexicans, I represent Mexico,” he said this week.
Why won’t Canelo Alvarez face Mexicans?
Some have indicated that the 168-pound unified champion does not want to face Mexicans out of fear, while others believe it is because there is currently no one at his level that he could face who would be appealing enough.
Andy Ruiz Jr, who was part of the Canelo team, has now given his thoughts on what is behind the decision.
“Because a Mexican against a Mexican is tough, because we know these Mexicans are not going to give up, you know,” Ruiz Jr added
“So, a fight between two Mexicans for sure you can expect it’s going to be a war, it’s going to be all action.
“He can fight whoever he wants. He’s the main guy, you know, he’s a champion.
“I feel like he’s already at that level where he already proved so much that he doesn’t even need to prove anything. I think he just wants to get the big fights.”