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Skills and experience will see Canelo Alvarez through against Jermell Charlo, says Mexican champ

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Jermell Charlo. Photo credit: Premier Boxing Champions

Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) is expecting a tough fight from Jermell ‘Iron Man’ Charlo 35-1-1 (19) when he defends his WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF super middleweight crowns against the undisputed junior middleweight champion at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30.

“He’s a fighter that hits hard. He’s a good boxer that knows how to use distance. That’s what makes him dangerous,” Alvarez said to Showtime Sports.

“My experience and boxing skills will be my advantage. That’s what we’re thinking and how we’re training.”

Alvarez, 33, credits his trainer Eddy Reynoso and his father Chepo Reynoso for instilling in him the belief that he could one day be great.

“When I was a kid, Eddy and Chepo told me, ‘You will go as far as you want to go. You have to tell us how far you want to go.’ Obviously, that was a piece of advice for me,” said Alvarez, he turned pro at just 15.

“That opened my mind and my desire to be in boxing.

“I feel like that’s what keeps me motivated in boxing. I think it will be a tough fight, especially in the first few rounds.”

Alvarez was last in action in May when he boxed in Mexico for the first time in almost a dozen years when he outpointed British southpaw John Ryder 36-6 (18) by wide unanimous decision.

“You know, in boxing, anything can happen. I feel very good about what I accomplished fighting in my home after many years, returning as undisputed,” Alvarez said.

“The magnitude, how it was in the stadium, in how I did everything.

“Boxing-wise I wasn’t 100%, but critics are always looking for something, aren’t they? And obviously, I agree with them that I haven’t looked, in my last few fights, like I used to.

“I don’t just want to give a rebuttal. I’d prefer to show them and in this fight, you’re going to see the difference.

“Challenges are what keeps me motivated in boxing. I want people to remember me as a great athlete, as a great champion and as one of the best.”

Despite jumping up two full weight classes, the 33-year-old Charlo is equally confident he will have his hand raised on fight night.

“I feel like my mood going into this fight, I’m real relaxed. I get to showcase my skills and my talent,” said Charlo.

“My training camp is in Houston and I want my training camp where I’m relaxed at and comfortable at.

“When I joined [trainer] Derrick James, it was more because I saw the great things in him.”

For Charlo, this will be his first fight since May last year when he knocked out Brian Castano 17-1-2 (12) in the 10th round of their rematch. A hand injury suffered in December last year has kept him out of the ring ever since.

“We’re healed up, we’re ready. I’m going to push myself more and more in a place I’ve never been before,” Charlo said.

“I know how to handle myself; me coming out victorious is the only option.

“I got a chip. People that didn’t believe that I would be where I’m at. It’s not no daring to be great. It’s about daring to be great. My window is wide open right now. This is my moment.”