Boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez said he had to phone to negotiate the release of one of his brothers who was kidnapped, Mexico, in the days leading up to his 2018 Rocky Fielding fight in New York.
“2018, the Monday before the fight, and I was always on the phone … I negotiated everything for his release,” Alvarez said during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger that airs this weekend. “I negotiated for three days [the kidnappers] to get her to release him.
“After negotiating his release, I still thought: If it was my daughter, my mother or my father, it would have been even more difficult for me. And on top of that, I had the fight on Saturday and I had to do a thousand interviews [for the fight]. And nobody knew about it. I would tell my cousin, say that [to the kidnappers]and my cousin would tell me [the kidnappers] sent this and I’d say tell them that. “
Alvarez said he did not want to notify the Mexican authorities because he believed some police officers may have been involved in the situation.
He said he wasn’t worried about his brother not coming home, but he called it one of the toughest moments of his life because [his brother] “is everything for me.”
Alvarez said he would like his family to move out of Mexico but added that it was difficult because “they have their lives here in Mexico; I can’t do it.”
The drama didn’t seem to affect Alvarez in the ring as he knocked Fielding down four times before knocking him out in the third round.
Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) will continue his quest to unify the super middleweight division against Billy Joe Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on May 8th.