Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has undoubtedly made his mark on the world of boxing. In addition to defeating top-level opponents, Canelo has beaten several notable British fighters over the course of his career. As the undisputed super middleweight champion, he is set to defend his title against mandatory challenger John Ryder on Saturday night in Mexico.
Canelo has had his fair share of fights with British boxers, including Ryan Rhodes, Matthew Hatton, Amir Khan, Billy Joe Saunders, Callum Smith, Liam Smith, and Rocky Fielding. However, Canelo's dominance over British boxers has left him feeling bad for constantly crushing the dreams of UK fans.
“I’m sorry to all the UK people, but I had to do it,” Canelo told Telegraph Sport.
Despite his success against British boxers, Canelo has expressed his desire to fight in the UK. While there was talk of a UK title defense in 2023, it does not seem to be happening currently. Nevertheless, the Mexican superstar remains determined to step into a UK stadium and fight in front of British fans.
“I’ve been thinking this for a long time. I would love to fight there, and believe me, it’s going to be soon,” Canelo said.
Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, who works with Canelo on a fight-by-fight basis, shares the Mexican champion’s vision of fighting in the UK.
“The plan now with Saul is to box all around the world, [this] Saturday he will be boxing in front of 50,000 fans in his hometown of Guadalajara which was always a dream of his, and beyond that he would love to fight in the UK," Hearn said.
“And there would be nothing we would love more than to bring him to our national stadium for a huge fight in front of the British fight fans.”
As Canelo continues to defend his titles and break records, his desire to fight in the UK remains a long-term goal. However, with his dedication and passion for the sport, there is no doubt that the Mexican superstar will achieve his dream of stepping into a UK stadium and thrilling British boxing fans.