Canelo Alvarez parted ways with Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy promotions last year.
In 2019, they started to have disagreements but in 2020, Alvarez filed a lawsuit to break away from his contractual ties to Golden Boy and streaming service DAZN. He did get out of his contract, but his fights have been on DAZN, but he is only signing one or two-fight deals with different promoters. Alvarez is under a one-fight deal with Eddie Hearn to face Billy Joe Saunders on May 8.
According to Canelo Alvarez, at some point, he lost all trust in Golden Boy and Oscar De La Hoya, which is why he wanted to be a free agent.
“At some point [De La Hoya] disappointed me, because they are people who only look out for their own good and their own interests. They say ‘I am your friend, we are family’, but it is never like that. And we are loyal; but not all people are like that,” Canelo told Telemundo (via boxingscene).
“They didn’t manipulate me, but they wanted to gamble different things on me,” Alvarez added. “They said one thing and it was another, I realized that three or four years ago. Before signing with DAZN, there were already problems with them. I disagreed with a lot of things that they did. We did a lot of good things too. We did a lot of fights together and things happen for a reason. God puts each person in his position.
“Everything is good [with being your own boss],” Canelo Alvarez continued. “You are in control of everything, you are not under the pressure that someone is manipulating your career or mismanaging your money. Before, a lot of things happened that I don’t want to talk about. But right now, as a free agent, it’s incredible.”
After Alvarez fights Saunders on May 8, he will talk to more promoters about his next fight.
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