Eleider Alvarez has signaled to his team and promoter Yvon Michel that he wants to continue his career. However, before considering his next duel, he will have to meet strict conditions, according to what Le Journal de Montreal has learned.
This outcome is not a surprise. It has been rumored for a few days that the Quebecer of Colombian origin wanted to play a few more fights before hanging up his gloves for good.
The 36-year-old boxer has met his manager, Stéphane Lépine, his trainer, Marc Ramsay, and his promoter, Yvon Michel, on several occasions since his harsh defeat against Joe Smith Jr., on August 22, in Las Vegas.
“We had frank discussions with him,” said Lépine during a telephone interview with Le Journal de Montréal . To give him another fight, he will have to convince us [him and Ramsay] that he is still willing to make the necessary sacrifices in and outside the gym.
“For his part, Yvon is not putting any pressure and will wait for our phone call. We know he could find us a fight tomorrow morning. ”
Conditions to respect
Among the conditions, Alvarez (25-2, 13 KOs) must in particular maintain a respectable weight between his clashes.
At the start of his last training camps, Alvarez hovered around 215 lbs. So he had to find a way to lose 40 lbs in six weeks to meet the 175 lbs limit at the weigh-in of his clash.
We learned that the weight cut had been difficult before his second clash against Sergey Kovalev.
He had needed the extra effort to lose the last few pounds in order to meet the weight limit.
In terms of conditions, Alvarez will also have to clean up his personal life. For the past two years, his problems have hampered his concentration during training camps and fights.
After the defeat of Alvarez against Joe Smith Jr., Marc Ramsay had not hesitated to deliver the bottom of his thoughts about the continuation of the career of his colt. He had claimed that Alvarez had to hang up his gloves.
However, the trainer decided to continue the adventure with the boxer he went to look for in Colombia more than 10 years ago. Alvarez will have no room for maneuver. The conditions are clear between the two men.
“I haven't changed my position since the last fight,” said Marc Ramsay in a telephone interview. Eleider told me he didn't want to end his career on that note. I decided to accompany him in this process.
“On the other hand, he no longer has the right to cheat. I won't be babysitting with him. Its ethics must be professional. He must not only show me that he wants, but that he can. ”
In addition to these points, Ramsay asked one important thing of Alvarez.
“He must prove to me that he is preparing for his post-career,” he added. I don't just want empty words from him, but concrete actions. If he doesn't, I will disembark. ”
After following these conditions to the letter for several weeks, Alvarez will be able to secure a fight.
Due to the context of the pandemic and his broken nose suffered in his duel with Smith Jr., the pugilist cannot think of a return to the ring until 2021.