Boxer Canelo Álvarez on Training for His Next Fight and What It’s Like to Win a World Title

Canelo Alvarez

After taking on Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin and Rocky Fielding while winning multiple title belts in his last two matches, boxer Canelo Álvarez is ready for his next challenge. Álvarez will be facing off against Daniel Jacobs in a middleweight unification bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, which will be exclusively streamed on DAZN in the U.S.

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As one of the most skilled fighters in the world, Álvarez puts a lot of time into his training, his diet, and his recovery. On most days, Álvarez wakes up around 6 a.m., trains for a few hours, eats a solid breakfast, takes a nap, and then does another training session for a few hours.

“Routine is everything for me because boxing is very much driven by routine. It requires a certain kind of discipline to become a great boxer,” says Alvarez. “I’m very disciplined about my diet when I train, too.”

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Álvarez spoke with Men’s Journal ahead of his fight against Jacobs to talk about how he trains, the most important workout for boxers, and what it feels like to win a world title. Álvarez also previously shared some of his boxing workout plan, which you can check out below the Q&A.

Álvarez will face off against Daniel Jacobs in a middleweight unification bout on Saturday, which will be exclusively streamed on DAZN in the U.S. Check here for more info on how to watch the fight from DAZN.

Men’s Journal: What’s the single most important workout you do to train for a world title fight?

Canelo Álvarez: Physical conditioning, because fights are very tough and very hard. You have to have the conditioning because if it doesn’t go quick, if it goes into later rounds, you have to have the physical conditioning to be able to compete. Specifically, there’s a few, running is one, and you also have to change up the speeds, so that you can get your heart rate up and down. Working on the heavy bag helps as well.

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What’s your diet like when you’re preparing for a major fight?

Nothing too strict. I have eggs in the morning, fish, chicken, vegetables. Just healthy eating keeps me in the shape I need to be in.

What’s the biggest challenge for you when you’re in a training camp?

The biggest challenge in camp is to make sure you get to 100% so you give 100% in the fight as well.

What are your recommendations for how to recover your body after a major fight?

Just rest. There’s a lot you can do recovery wise—massages, getting into ice baths, getting treatment and all that. My best advice is a lot of rest. Sleeping is simple, but it’s so important.

Can you put into words the feeling of winning a world title?

It’s very difficult to put into words, but it’s a dream come true for every fighter. It’s just an unbelievable feeling.

The Canelo Alvarez Boxing Workout (from his fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.):

Jog (warm-up): 10 Minutes

Mitt training

  • Jab, cross, jab cross combo: 45-second rounds/3 rounds
  • Jab, jab, right uppercut combo: 45-second rounds/3 rounds
  • Jab, cross, left hook combo: 45-seconds/3 rounds
  • Jab, jab, right hook, left uppercut: 45-seconds/3 rounds

Jump rope

  • Forward jump: 90 Seconds
  • Alternating (from one foot to another): 90 Seconds
  • Single jump
  • Left foot – 30 Seconds
  • Right foot – 30 Seconds
  • Repeat sequence 3X

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