ON Wednesday Canelo Alvarez descended an escalator into the lobby of Madison Square Garden, played into the public workouts by a troop of cheerful mariachi musicians. The Mexican star seemingly didn’t have a care in the world. He didn’t even feel the need to throw any punches. He strolled into the ring, waved to his fans answered questions politely enough, posed for pictures and was gone.
He has come through two close, controversial fights with Gennady Golovkin, emerging with a draw and a win, and with the WBA and WBC middleweight world titles. His brief sixth month ban for a failed drug test (traces of clenbuterol from tainted beef were detected earlier this year) is firmly in the rear view mirror and on Saturday he jumps up to 168lbs for the first time, to fight Liverpool’s Rocky Fielding.
It’s a fight that will kick off Canelo’s long term, hugely lucrative deal with DAZN, the sports streaming service new in America and it marks the first time the Mexican has fought at historic Madison Square Garden. It’s a good time to be Canelo Alvarez.