Saul Canelo Alvarez eyes retirement at 37

Mexican Canelo Alvarez reveals plans to retire in four years, reflects on career triumphs, and discusses the fight against Jermell Charlo.
  1. Saul Canelo Alvarez, the famed Mexican boxer, is contemplating retirement in about four years after almost two decades of professional boxing.
  2. Despite his focus on his upcoming fight against Jermell Charlo, Alvarez is reflective about his career, emphasizing the importance of family time post-retirement.
  3. Alvarez’s candid remarks about his smaller stature compared to his opponents, delivered with humor, highlight his tenacity and fighting spirit in the ring.

Saul Canelo Alvarez, the esteemed Mexican boxer from Guadalajara, is already thinking about his eventual departure from the ring, even as he actively promotes his upcoming fight against Jermell Charlo. During a recent interview with the Breakfast Club podcast, Alvarez revealed that he has begun considering retirement after nearly two decades of professional boxing.

“I think I have four more years, maybe five. I’ve been in professional boxing since I was 15 years old, that’s almost 18 years fighting professionally,” Alvarez stated. At 33 years old, Alvarez believes he has about four good years left to defend his unified titles in the super middleweight division.

Canelo Alvarez accepted that he still has four more years left to box (AP Photo/Moisés Castillo).
Canelo Alvarez accepted that he still has four more years left to box (AP Photo/Moisés Castillo).

Throughout his illustrious career, Alvarez has faced criticism but has successfully built a lasting legacy in the sport of boxing. He has expressed satisfaction with his achievements, remarking that he will have fulfilled his goals when he eventually retires. Alvarez has been contemplative about the future, acknowledging the years he has dedicated to boxing and recognizing the importance of enjoying time with his family after his career comes to an end.

“I always said that at 36 or 37, around that age, I would retire. That will be enough, there are many years in boxing; I will have achieved many things, and then I will be able to enjoy my life with my family and everything I have done,” Alvarez noted, reflecting on his long and successful boxing career.

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Canelo considered that in four years he could say goodbye to professional boxing (Reuters/Henry Romero).
Canelo considered that in four years he could say goodbye to professional boxing (Reuters/Henry Romero).

This isn’t the first time Alvarez has spoken about his impending retirement. However, he reaffirms that he is resolute in this decision, even as he continues to strive towards his objectives as a professional fighter in the 168-pound division. With his extensive achievements and forthcoming retirement, Alvarez is firmly on track to leave an indelible mark on the world of boxing.

“From 147-168 (pounds), everyone is bigger than me. I’m a small fighter, but I’m cabron,” Alvarez declared, eliciting laughter from the assembled audience. His remark, delivered with quintessential Mexican humor, underscored his tenacity and fighting spirit, regardless of his physical stature compared to his opponents.

Canelo vs Charlo

Canelo Álvarez enalteció a su rival Jermell Charlo (Instagram/ @canelo)
Canelo Alvarez praised his opponent Jermell Charlo (Instagram/ @canelo)

Despite his forward-looking perspective, Alvarez remains focused on his imminent fight against Jermell Charlo. The championship bout is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 30, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. During one of the initial press conferences of their promotional tour, Alvarez praised his opponent and stressed that he is not intimidated by Charlo’s height advantage.