SAUL “CANELO” ALVAREZ and James Kirkland spoke out ahead of their May 9 clash at the Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

“I am looking forward to fighting Kirkland. He is coming to fight. He is dangerous and powerful. I am also powerful and aggressive and I can guarantee you, this is going to be an explosive fight,” Mexican star “Canelo” insisted.

Kirkland responded, “”I’m ready to put my life on the line and give it everything I’ve got. I want to show my fans what I’ve really come to do.”

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya revealed 15,000 tickets to the fight had been sold in first two hours since going on sale, and that prices start at $10. “’Canelo’ has faced all the top guys at this age. Why? Because he wants to be the very best and to be the very best you have to fight the very best,” De La Hoya said. “We have to pair the best styles to create the best fight. No questions asked, this is going to be the fight of the year.

“We have all seen what Kirkland can do. He is a tough fighter. But, these are the types of the fights that ‘Canelo’ loves, the fights for the fans.”

Rather than Ann Wolfe, Bay Bay McClinton will train Kirkland for this fight. “I’ve know James since he was 16 years old. He was in my training camp I had eight guys. And, out of those eight guys James stood out the most to me.  He promised me that ‘Whenever I have a big fight, you’re going to be the guy.’ He called me, and he stuck to his word,” said McClinton. “He’s going through hell right now, but I’ll tell you, come May 9 he’s not going to be a pit bull – he is going to be a beast.”

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