CANELO ALVAREZ is no longer the fresh faced rising star of even just a few years past. Sharply dressed in a suit, his red hair shaved close, he appeared at Madison Square Garden more as a grizzled veteran, accustomed to the trappings of stardom certainly but still a fighter through and through. Cut over the left eye in his September fight with Gennady Golovkin, he was sporting a fresher mark beneath his right eye at Thursday’s final press conference ahead of his clash with Liverpool’s Rocky Fielding.
Alvarez dismissed it as “just a little scratch,” but despite only being 28 years old he is carrying the scars of long, hard 53 fight career.
He has to be careful. This is his first fight at 168lbs and his first in New York. In December he hasn’t chanced taking in the sights. “It’s been too cold, I can’t risk something happening. But after the fight maybe we’ll have the opportunity but right now we’re focused on this fight,” he said.