WBC SUPER WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION
CANELO ALVAREZ & WBA SUPER WELTERWEIGHT WORLD
AUSTIN TROUT DURING SMASHING THREE-CITY, TWO-DAY
TEXAS PRESS TOUR
Boxers To Clash In 154-Pound World
Championship Unification Fight
Saturday, April 20, Live on SHOWTIME®
(10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
From The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas;
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Photo Credit: Stephanie Trapp
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DEEP IN THE
HEART OF TEXAS (March 15, 2013) - The Texas
Three-Step is over for popular, unbeaten Mexican
superstar and WBC Super Welterweight World
Champion Canelo Alvarez and undefeated
WBA Super Welterweight Champion Austin "No
Doubt" Trout, who completed their highly
successful three-city, two-day press tour in
Texas on Thursday.
To infer that
the three press conferences, all open to the
public, were smashing successes would be an
Fans lined up
around the building to get into the McAllen
Convention Center in McAllen,
Texas, to watch the press conference late
Thursday afternoon, the final stop of the Press
Tour. Nearly 1,000 of them had assembled in the
room by the time Golden Boy Promotions President
Oscar De La Hoya stepped to the dais to
begin the proceedings.
Thursday, more than 500 fans flooded the food
court at PlazAmericas Mall in Houston
for the press conference. On Wednesday, the tour
began in the fight's host city of San Antonio,
at the fight's venue, the Alamodome,
where approximately 1,500 fans attended.
location, the boxers obliged the adoring fans
with autographs and posed with them for
In an eagerly
anticipated matchup of talented, exciting,
unbeaten boxers, Canelo (41-0-1, 30 KO's), of
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will take on Trout
(26-0, 14 KO's), of Las Cruces, N.M., in a
154-pound world title unification fight on
Saturday, April 20 at the
Alamodome in San Antonio live on SHOWTIME®(10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT).
at $300, $150, $100, $50, $25 and $10, plus
applicable taxes, fees and services charges, are
on sale now and available for purchase at the
Alamodome box office, online at
www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations
or by calling (800) 745-3000.
Canelo vs. Trout is promoted by Golden Boy
Promotions, Canelo Promotions and
Leija & BattahPromotions and the
fight is presented in association with Greg
Cohen Promotions. The event is sponsored by
Corona and AT&T.
quotes from the boxers, members of their teams
and executives, including De La Hoya, Texas
boxing legend and former Two-Time World Champion
Jessie James Leija and ExecutiveVice President & General Manager of SHOWTIME
Sports, Stephen Espinoza, among
others, from the three press conferences:
CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC Super Welterweight World
humbled by the attendance (at the press
conferences). I get goose bumps when I get up
here with everyone cheering. I want to thank you
for your support. I'll be prepared as always.
We'll be ready. Texas has a great vibe. The
people here have a great vibe and that
definitely helps me. It's a pleasure to fight at
the Alamodome. This place has so much history. I
fight for my people. They're my inspiration. I
carry a great deal of responsibility on my
shoulders, because I carry the hopes and dreams
of my people. I'm undefeated and my record is
thanks to my people, who support me every step
of the way.
"I'm very happy
to be in Texas. This is the very first time I'm
fighting here and I can already tell I like it.
I like San Antonio because it has so much
history and so many boxing fans. I want to thank
to all my fans for supporting me. On April 20,
if God provides, the crowd will be on my side.
"We are working
hard. My team and I are focused 100 percent on
my opponent. I have great respect for Austin
Trout and what he has been able to achieve. This
fight is a complicated one. He's not only tough
but a lefty and he also knows how to keeps his
guard with his left. He's a very intelligent
fighter, young, skilled and tough. It's not
going to be an easy task to beat him, but we're
working hard and getting ready. I respect Trout
outside of the ring, but once he's in the ring,
that's a whole different thing.
"This fight for
me is personal. I know Trout beat my brother. I
was there that day and that made me feel
helpless. Now I'll get the chance to avenge his
loss and bring him up to the ring with me when I
"Like in life,
in sports, there are critics and skeptics.
There's always going to be someone criticizing
you. To fight Trout is not going to quiet down
criticism against me, but I honestly don't mind
it. I think all criticism is constructive.
motivates me to be better and not to fail.
"I'm ready to
fight Floyd Mayweather when he's ready to fight
AUSTIN TROUT, WBA Super Welterweight World
"I was born in
El Paso, Texas. This is where I'm from. I've
been around Latinos all my life and I can say I
feel like one of you. Boxing is never going to
be dead when there are fans like this (in
Texas). It's a sport that is 200 years old, but
when you have a fight like this you know it is
alive and well. Mark my words, on April 20,
Texas will win.
"I want to
thank the fans. The fans demanded this fight and
made it happen. I believe that Canelo is a great
champion. I have to thank him for making this
happen. I want to thank the Lord, because I
wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Him.
"I'm a fast,
hungry champion. I don't believe that Canelo is
the second coming of Oscar De La Hoya. I do
believe that I'm the better fighter. If I didn't
think I could be victorious, I wouldn't be
risking my life and limb to face this man. I
wouldn't be risking my undefeated record and my
belt if I didn't believe in myself. I'll be
victorious and I'll go home as the unified
has got to go. It sure as hell isn't going to be
mine and I'm sure he is saying the same thing.
That's the formula for a great fight. [Hip-hop
artist] Drake said it best, 'Started from the
bottom, now we're here. Started from the bottom,
now my whole team's here.'
"I know that
Canelo is a hungry champion. I'm not just
hungry. I'm starving. I'm ready for April 20."
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President of Golden Boy
"I was in San
Antonio a few months ago and told Jesse James
Leija and Mike Battah that we would be back. So
standing here, bringing you a big mega-fight
featuring Canelo Alvarez against Austin 'No
Doubt' Trout really is a dream come true for
Golden Boy Promotions and I.
"These types of
fights normally take place in Las Vegas and are
normally shown on pay-per-view. However, we had
to bring this fight in particular to San Antonio
because of the fans. It's not on pay-per-view.
It's on SHOWTIME.
"We have over
10,000 tickets that are going to be on sale at
10 dollars each. We want to make this a
historical event, but that won't happen without
the fans. Without you, it wouldn't be possible.
"This is an
opportunity for Canelo to show everyone in
boxing that he is the real deal. He's not only a
champion, but can stage his own show, pull in
his own fans and draw his own great ratings.
hope and strength to a lot of people. Boxing is
a sport that can reach and impact people. This
fight is showing the world that boxing is alive
and well. Boxing is strong and we have the
future right here with Canelo Alvarez and Austin
"When they show
Canelo's fights in Mexico, his ratings are
through the roof. He is a superstar in Mexico.
Fans believe in him and are 100 percent behind
him because they want to see the next Mexican
fighter that is going to give them the strength
to move forward.
"Canelo is a
hard worker and he wants to be put to the test
of fighting the very best.
"This fight is
no joke and that is the beauty of it. We don't
know who is going to win. This is the type of
fight that we should be putting on.
"How many times
have you seen two fighters that are undefeated,
two fighters that are champions risk it all? You
seldom see that, but on April 20, you get to see
two fighters that will risk it all to unify
wants to show the world that boxing doesn't have
to be in Vegas alone. Boxing will be where the
fans are. That's why we are bringing this world
championship to Texas."
JESSE JAMES LEIJA, Former World Champion and
Texas Boxing Legend
Antonio fans] We brought the big fight here, now
we need your help. Bring grandpa, grandma, the
wife, the girlfriend, everyone. We need everyone
here. We want people to say, 'Vegas who?' We
don't need Vegas, we need San Antonio, but we
can't do that without your support.
"I told Oscar
De La Hoya to bring a fight to Texas or we're
going to get back in the ring for a rematch.
will be on the card. He will be our next world
only two and half-hours from San Antonio. We
have a great undercard, but nothing is going to
surpass Canelo Alvarez and Austin Trout fighting
in this championship mega-fight.
"We want to
keep bringing fights to Texas. It's great for
the economy. It's great for the sport of boxing.
"Oscar De La
Hoya knows that the best boxing fans are in
Texas. Boxing is on the upswing. It's the best
sport in the world and that's because of fans
MIKE BATTAH, President of Leija and Battah
giving us a great opportunity to put on a fight
where the real fight fans are located. We're
bringing this fight to San Antonio because we
pushed to have it in Texas.
"I want to
thank the new fans that have come out to our
fights and I want to thank the existing fans
that will show Canelo and Trout what Texas is
all about because we're fight fans.
"I'd like to
thank the amateur program that has supported us
throughout our fights, so we can show those
amateurs what it is like to be a pro one day.
"This is where
fight fans are and this is the grassroots of
Texas. This wouldn't have been possible without
the fans and we know you are going to come and
support these great champions on April 20."
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President &
General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports
our goal is to bring boxing fans the best
fighters and the biggest fights. That's what
April 20 is going to be. We're bringing the
biggest young stars and the biggest young
champions to the fans on our network.
15 , Canelo fought on SHOWTIME and set
all-time ratings records. In December, Austin
Trout faced Miguel Cotto in a fight no one
thought he could win. He not only won, but that
fight also set a new SHOWTIME ratings record. I
know April 20 will be another record-breaking
often too afraid to take tough fights. These two
are stepping up to the plate and for that, they
should be rewarded."
"We had Jesse
James Leija on our network for some of his
biggest fights and we are proud to be working
with him again.
"The last time
we had a fight on our network in Texas it
featured Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and we couldn't
be happier to be back for a fight of this size.
approaching the biggest and best run of fights
on SHOWTIME in the history of the network. On
April 20 we have Canelo Alvarez vs. Austin
Trout. On April 27, we have Danny Garcia vs. Zab
Judah and on May 4 on SHOWTIME PPV we have Floyd
Mayweather facing Robert Guerrero in a
JULIAN CASTRO, Mayor of San Antonio
has a rich and proud boxing history. Who could
forget in 1993 when (Julio Cesar) Chavez fought
(Pernell) Whitaker and other great names such as
(James) Leija and (Robert) Quiroga?
great Jesse James Leija fight bout after bout
was great for this city and we are thrilled he
has continued to bring boxing to this city.
"San Antonio is
proud to play host to another great match
featuring to two great boxers in their prime -
Canelo Alvarez and Austin Trout."
MIKE SAWAYA, Alamodome Convention, Sports &
Entertainment Facilities Director
"Oscar De La
Hoya told me he was going to bring an event to
this building that would fill up the venue. This
is a boxing town, but it is also a town that
loves different types of entertainment, all
different sports and we are looking forward to
hosting this great event. Buy those tickets and
we'll see you in April."
ED GONZALEZ, Mayor Pro Tem of Houston
"Houston is the
fourth largest city in the country and the
largest city in Texas. I'm so proud to be
hosting this event today here in our city.
"There are 50
boxing gyms in Houston with young kids learning
the sport. Houston is a boxing city.
"We are so
thrilled to have Oscar De La Hoya, Jesse James
Leija and the fighters here today. Thank you for
coming and inviting all of these fans to be here
and experience boxing at its finest."
JOSE "CHEPO" REYNOSO, Canelo's Co-Manager
"I've been in
the boxing business for many years and I've
never seen so many boxing fans together. Texas
has amazed me. The boxing fans were amazing.
Texas. On April 20, two undefeated world
champions are going to step into the ring, but
only one of them will step out as true unified
champion and that is going to be our Canelo. We
have two missions to accomplish on Apil 20...the
first is to take Trout's belt home with us and
the second is to fill up the entire Alamodome.
"We ask that
everyone come out to support this great Mexican
champion [Canelo] on April 20."
BOB SPAGNOLA, Austin Trout's Manager
to be here. I knew there would be a big crowd
here in San Antonio because this is a boxing
town. There are boxing people here.
that these fighters are getting and the respect
they are giving each other is commendable. In a
sport where fighters are forced to talk [badly]
about each other, these two champions are
showing each other amazing amounts of respect.
"There are a
lot of great boxing people in Houston. There are
a lot of people that give tirelessly to youth
for them to learn this sport.
"We can't say
enough about these two fighters. A lot of great
fights don't get made for one reason or another
and we're thrilled that Canelo has given Austin
GREG ALVAREZ, Assistant Boxing Administrator
for the Texas Department of Licensing and
"Texas is so
proud to be able to host an event of this
caliber. I want to thank the people for being
such great boxing fans. I also want to thank
SHOWTIME for being part of this great boxing
event. This is the top fight that we have in
Texas and we cannot wait for April 20.''
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