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Canelo Alvarez reveals planned retirement date

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Jermell Charlo. Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

Undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) might be a veteran of the sport, but don’t expect him to hang up the gloves any time soon.

Just a month out from what will be his 64th professional contest, the 33-year-old Mexican superstar revealed he could still be boxing at 38.

That could conceivably see him log 75 fights over what would be a 23-year professional career.

“I think I at least have four more years in me, maybe five. I’ve been a professional boxer since I was 15 years of age. That is almost 18 years fighting professionally,” Alvarez said to The Breakfast Club.

“I always said I would retire when I was 36 or 37, around that age. That should be more than enough, it’s so many years boxing. By then, I will have accomplished many things and then I will have to enjoy life with the family and all.”

Alvarez has been doing the media rounds to promote his fight against undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30.

The press conferences have been respectful and subdued with none of the smack talk that often permeate these events.

The lack of conflict is something that Alvarez has enjoyed.

“I love it,” Alvarez said at the recent New York presser at Palladium Times Square. “Like I say, I love [to] respect your opponent. Because, you know, in the ring it’s different. But I like these kind of things because it’s when you see you both are a hundred percent [focused on] the fight.

“Because we can talk shit and we can fight here, but in the fight it’s gonna be a boring fight, right? So, I like this kind of press conference because you don’t need to make drama, you don’t need to fight here.

“Everybody maybe do that because they wanna sell more pay-per-views. I don’t need it.”

Texan Charlo, 33, will be moving up two weight classes to challenge Alvarez. He will enter the ring as the undisputed 154-pound champion of the world but will be stripped of his WBO belt as soon as the first bell rings.

His mandatory challenger at 154-pounds, Tim Tszyu, 23-0 (17), will be elevated from interim champion to full WBO champion.

While the move up in weight was initially thought to be a hit-and-run mission, Charlo said this week that he expects to remain in the division for at least one more fight – a rematch with Alvarez once he beats him.

“I don’t got no disrespect for the man,” Charlo said of his opponent. “The man’s a legend, did his thing, you know what I mean? You gotta give props when it’s due, so I mean, it’s just a challenge. And it’s a great challenge.”