SAUL “CANELO” ALVAREZ has longed for his November 21 showdown with Miguel Cotto. “This is a fight that I’ve been craving, I’ve been waiting for. Obviously it’s a fight with a lot of responsibility and I’m up for it. Like I do for all my fights, I train very hard and prepare myself,” Canelo says. “These are the type of fights that I’ve always wanted, the big fights.”

It has been a long time in the making. “Three years ago when it first came in mind because I knew I could win. That’s why it came to my mind. It didn’t happen for whatever reasons back then. But now the fight’s here and we’re very happy and anxious and grateful and thank God,” Alvarez said. “He’s had an illustrious career, I’ve always liked watching him fight, his style, his boxing. It’s a great honour for me to be fighting a fighter like Miguel Cotto and I’m thankful to God that this fight is happening and I’m just very excited.”

Canelo fully expects the fight itself to deliver on its promise. “The styles will mix in well. We are going to clash well and it’s going to be added to the record books. It’s going to make history. We are going to put on a great fight,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it because I know it can go down in history as one of the great fights between Mexico and Puerto Rico and that’s what I’m looking forward to. My career is still far from over. I have many more fights to come but this is the one that I’ve been craving and wanting so bad.

“We are both going to fight. We are both going to lay it on and without a doubt, this is a fight for real.”