NOT so long ago, Canelo Alvarez was just a normal kid in the gym, albeit one with a love for bareback horse riding. As Canelo prepares to challenge WBO super-welterweight champion Liam Smith on Saturday night at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the Mexican icon’s trainer, Chepo Reynoso, reflected on the early days of their relationship.
“He came in [to my gym] like any other kid,” Reynoso said. “There’s hundreds of kids that come to my gym, you start working with them. There’s some that are good, and there’s some that are not. The important thing is that they are learning, and they’re doing what I’m teaching. That’s one thing that happened with Saul, he was doing what I was teaching.”
Alvarez turned professional at the tender age of 15, and the flame-haired fighter progressed quickly under the watchful eye of both Chepo and Eddy Reynoso. The key to his success – which has seen him pick up world titles at super-welter and middleweight and become one of the most marketable stars in the sport – was his ability to listen, learn, and in turn, improve.