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Friday, August 30, 2013
Alvarez ready as camp nears end

By Dan Rafael


Junior middleweight titlist Canelo Alvarez, training for his unification showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, is ready to finally fight after a long training camp.

"I feel good about myself and can't wait to get in the ring," Alvarez said this week through a translator during media day at his Big Bear Lake, Calif., training camp. "I'm ready for this. I'm working very hard and doing my job. Even though I'm young, I have a lot of experience. That's why I asked for this. This will be a tough, physical fight, but I feel I have a lot of advantages. I am working on the things I can take advantage of."

Alvarez, 23, has been using the gym that belongs to former champ Shane Mosley, a man Alvarez dominated in a May 2012 title defense.

"Big Bear has been great. It is one of the greatest places to train," Alvarez said. "Even though it is a lot of work, I've been enjoying this camp. We've accomplished everything here that we set out to do."

One of the topics of conversation at media day was about Alvarez having to make the contract weight of 152 pounds, rather than being allowed to weigh the division maximum of 154 at the weigh-in.

But Alvarez said it won't be an issue.

"I'll be fine for the fight," he said. "It's no big thing. Actually, I feel I'm ahead of the curve. I'm not worried at all. [The weight] will come off and I will be fine.

"Actually, in some ways I'm in my best shape, or will be. Before I fought Austin Trout [in April], I'd been off longer than I will be for this fight. I needed a lot of time to prepare for Trout. So in some ways, for this camp, my work has been easier."