Canelo Alvarez Sends a Fiery Message to YouTubers and Basketball Players

Published 12/22/2020, 2:36 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 07: Canelo Alvarez (L) throws a left at Amir Khan during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Floyd Mayweather’s former opponent Canelo Alvarez isn’t impressed with his decision to face YouTuber turned boxer Logan Paul in a special exhibition fight in February 2021.

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He has called it a disrespect to the real fighters. He believes NBA players or Youtubers shouldn’t receive boxing licenses, since it’s too risky for them.

Although the idea can garner massive financial numbers, Canelo Alvarez is still not up for it. He vows to never accept such a challenge in his fighting career.

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However, he doesn’t demean Logan Paul or Jake Paul for their stints; he understands it’s solely for money.

The newly crowned WBA, WBC, and Ring super middleweight champion connected with TMZ to shed light on the whole scenario.

Alvarez said, “Ya know, it’s all about the money.”

He added, “I don’t think we would agree that people that are basketball players, that are YouTubers get licenses. Ya know, I don’t criticize [the Paul brothers]. This is a very risky sport, and if you go up there, it’s very risky.”

Canelo Alvarez invites Jake Paul for a sparring session

Despite all the criticisms, Floyd Mayweather will generate an enormous amount from his upcoming fight against Logan Paul.

When asked if he would sign exhibition fights, Alvarez said, “I truly believe that it’s a lack of respect. It’s all based on money. It’s all for money. I’m focused right now on other projects.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

He continued, “I have other stuff going on, and I would invite him for a sparring session so that he truly knows what it’s all about.”

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Alvarez is one of the hardest punchers in the sport and is still in his prime. While 43-year-old Mayweather might have caught some rust for professional boxing, Alvarez has a more valid chance of dismantling the Paul brothers.

Nevertheless, the Mexican has much bigger challenges ahead. He has become a four-division world champion now and envisions to unify the super-middleweight division.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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