Canelo Alvarez Said He Isn’t Avoiding Anyone, ‘Haters Are Always Going To Be Haters’

Canelo Alvarez said he can’t please everyone with his boxing career choices.

Alvarez has responded to the longtime criticisms of him “ducking” top contenders in the super middleweight division. But for the undisputed champion, he said there’s nothing else for him to do in the weight division.

“Look, what I see and what I know is I beat the No.1 fighter at 168. It was Callum Smith,” Alvarez told World Boxing News.

“Next, Billy Joe Saunders, second. Next, the third one (Plant). So, I beat all the best at 168. They were all undefeated. I beat all the best at 168, and now there’s people saying you need to fight this one — like always.”

Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) most recently collected his fourth and final belt – Caleb Plant’s IBF title – to become the first ever undisputed super middleweight king.

In a shocking move, just days after his third win of the year, news broke that Alvarez is now chasing WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu. The WBC approved the request, and the Mexican boxer is waiting for Makabu to settle a mandatory defense.

But instead of waiting, critics say Alvarez could have gone after contenders like David Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOs), Jermall Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs), Artur Beterbiev (17-0, 17 KOs) and Dmitry Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs).

Benavidez, 25, has been most suggested for the 31-year-old boxing sensation.

Still, Alvarez isn’t interested.

“This always happens,” Alvarez added.

“But I beat the best champion at 168. Then they say, ‘he’s scared of him’ or ‘he’s scared of that guy.’ I am not scared about anything. I don’t avoid anybody.

“But what does that guy (Benavidez) bring to me? Nothing. Nothing. Mention a champion they (Benavidez and Charlo) fight before. How many? I really don’t care. Haters are always going to be haters.”

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