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Canelo likes Kirkland’s fighting style

Photos: Hoganphotos / GBP

Photos: Hoganphotos / GBP

When Canelo Alvarez steps into the ring on May 9 against James Kirkland, he’ll be facing a fighter that like Alvarez, is aggressive and offensive-minded.  It’s just what the doctor order as far as Alvarez is concerned.

“Kirkland’s style will complement mine, he is a fighter that likes to come forward and May 9 will bring a great fight for all the fans,” said Alvarez during his media workout this week.

“We have the right strategy to beat James Kirkland. I have been sparring with southpaws to be prepared. Kirkland is a strong puncher, but I am also a strong fighter. On fight night I plan to hit hard but I also plan to fight an intelligent fight.”

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Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) is now two fights removed from his lone defeat – a majority decision loss to Floyd Mayweather – having stopped Alfredo Angulo immediately after and then scoring a close split decision win over Erislandy Lara in his last fight. And while Canelo is happy to be fighting a slugger like himself, Kirkland does bring the added obstacle of being a southpaw.

However, Alvarez doesn’t mind taking on a leftie. “I like to challenge myself, and I am not afraid to fight southpaws. I want to feel satisfied with myself, and I also want to put on fights that the people want to watch,” said Alvarez.

“I feel very happy. I am ready to fight tomorrow if needed. I feel excited that the fight is around the corner,” he added.

The fight airs live on HBO at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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