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Well, what can I say? What an exciting announcement this week to reveal I have agreed a superfight with Canelo Alvarez on May 7th in Las Vegas.
It shocked the boxing world but we had been negotiating the fight quietly for a while. I had initial talks with Golden Boy Promotions around September last year but it wasn’t about a specific fight with Canelo, that picked up nearer the end of the year as we began looking at my options for 2016.
I know I’m going in as the underdog in this fight and that’s something which I’m relishing because in a lot of my fights I’ve gone in with high expectations on my shoulders. Canelo was voted the 2015 ‘Fighter of the Year’, is a superstar in Mexico and probably now the biggest name in boxing.
It was a shock when we announced the fight but I want to produce an even bigger shock on May 7th when I upset the odds by beating him. All I’ve ever really wanted to do since I started boxing was represent my country on the highest stage. I got a chance to do it at the Olympics at 17 and I know now, with everything against me, all the British fans will be behind me. That’s definitely a motivation – I’m going to fly the flag and make them proud.
It will be like entering the lions den on May 7th because it’s Cinco de Mayo weekend, a special day and national holiday in Mexico, and there will be a lot of proud Mexicans there. I’m sure a lot of British fans will be out there too and make it a special atmosphere on the night.
This was too big an opportunity to turn down, too much of a challenge to say no to in order to test myself against the very best. I want to try and be a great in this sport and you can only achieve that by taking on the very best. This will be my first pay-per-view fight in America, live on HBO, in Las Vegas and with a full scale promotion behind it including an HBO 24/7 series – which fighter doesn’t dream of that?
Believe me, when the bell rings I’ll be 100% ready for this fight – I’m relishing it. I know what I need to do to win it. It’s not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination but we’ll be working on the perfect gameplan for this fight. This is a fight for the fans and I will give everything to make sure it’s my hand which is raised come the end of the fight.