The great lesson of Saúl "Canelo" Álvarez and the English language - New Style Motorsport

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Everything is ready for the fight between the Mexican, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and the Russian, Dmitri Bivol . The boxers will meet on Saturday night May 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and it is expected to be quite an event: Canelo has a record of 57 wins, one draw and two losses with 39 knockouts (57 -1-2, 39 KOs); Bivol 19 wins and zero losses with eleven knockouts (19-0, 11 KO). Both dispute the light heavyweight title of the World Boxing Association (WBA).

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While the world awaits the broadcast of the event, Canelo has given a great little lesson on how to face adversity. The boxer is originally from Guadalajara and although he does not speak English perfectly, he gives interviews in that language. Ricardo Celis , a sports journalist for Time Warner Cable Deportivo, congratulated him in a recent interview (in Spanish) for his attitude toward the foreign language: “I have to congratulate you for doing the interviews in English; many Mexican boxers never wanted to try it and the truth is: congratulations on that.”

“Canelo” replied: “Look, I have never studied English. I tried for about a month, but the truth is that the study has never been given to me. The truth is that I always practice with my golf friends, I am playing with them, I practice I speak a lot of English and now I say, if i’m wrong it doesn’t matter I’m trying to do it and I think that’s what’s waiting for you at the end to make him talk.”

Although it may seem trivial, it is not. Canelo’s attitude demonstrates self-confidence, perseverance and humility to try something, even though he knows that he is not the best at it. When you are used to success, it is not so easy to recognize it and show yourself vulnerable. Many professional athletes of Hispanic origin prefer to give interviews in Spanish with the help of interpreters. This is not the case with Canelo, for whom the fear of making mistakes is not a limitation.

The ‘Canelo’, a bit of history

Santos Saul Alvarez Barragan was born on July 18, 1990 in San Agustín, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, in Jalisco. He is the youngest of seven siblings and when he was a child he helped his father make popsicles. He never liked going to school and his older brother, Rigoberto, started boxing with him when he was very young. At the age of ten he gave her his first gloves. He decided that he would be a boxer after attending Rigoberto’s professional debut when he was 13 years old. Saúl made his professional debut on October 29, 2005 after winning the gold medal at the Youth Olympiad in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. He was crowned world champion for the first time at age 20 by defeating Matthew Hatton on March 5, 2011. The nickname “Canelo” was given to him by his manager José “Chepo” Reynoso due to the color of his hair. .

“Canelo” has won world championships in four different weight divisions and in 2019 was recognized as the number one pound-for-pound boxer for The ring magazine. The fight with the Russian, Dmitry Bivol, could mean an approximate profit of 70 million dollars for “Canelo”, depending on the result.

The fight will be broadcast on open television in Mexico. In the rest of the countries it will be a pay per view through DAZN transmission platform.

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